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Mammals of the Kruger Park and Surrounding Bushveld:
  1. It is larger than an A5 and smaller than an A4 (165mm x 240mm).
  2. 96 pages (±7mm thick).
  3. The aim of this book is to provide a handy, easy- to-use guidebook for tour guides, tourists and students. My goal was to keep the book as ‘travel friendly’ as possible, ideal for game walks and an easy size to carry in a suitcase. A small pocket- sized book limits the amount of information and the size of the photographs, so a compromise was reached by limiting the number of pages to one page per animal.
  4. There is at least one photograph of each animal, but often two (male and female). Photographs of the droppings and skull and a sketch of the spoor is provided for each animal. The droppings were photographed with a match for scale and the spoor is provided with measurements. The skulls were photographed at the Ditsong National Museum for Natural History, Pretoria. There is a brief explanation of the different skull components on pg 5 and 6.
  5. Distribution maps for the Southern African sub-region accompany each animal. This will make the book useful in other areas as well.
  6. The common names are provided in English, Afrikaans, German, French, Spanish and Italian with only a few exceptions. The basic information on weight, gestation, habitat, food, social structure, etc., is provided in a separate block for each animal. The dental formula is also included and the formula is explained on pg 5.
  7. The ‘Did you know?’ section contains additional interesting facts about the animal.
  8. The book is colour-coded for quick reference and the colour codes are indicated in the contents for cross reference. The book is divided into six major groups - the non-ruminants, the ruminants, the carnivores, the non-carnivorous small mammals, the rodents and shrews and lastly, the bats.
  9. At the beginning of each section there is information about the group and a visual diagram of the orders, suborders, families and sub-families within the group.
  10. This book is the first in a series. The other books include guides on trees, birds, flowers, grasses, reptiles and insects. These will be released over a period of three years.


Grasses of the Kruger Park and Surrounding Bushveld:
  1. It is larger than an A5 and smaller than an A4 (165mm x 240mm).
  2. 96 pages (±7mm thick).
  3. The idea of this book is to provide a handy, easy-to-use guidebook for tour guides, tourists and students. The aim was to keep the book as ‘travel friendly’ as possible, ideal for game walks and an easy size to carry in a suitcase. A small pocket- sized book limits the amount of information and the size of the photographs. A compromise was therefore reached by limiting the number of pages to one page per grass to keep the book thin.
  4. There are two photographs of each grass, one of the inflorescence and one of the complete grass with a ruler for size. The size is of the inflorescence is indicated on the photograph.
  5. Additionally, there is a line drawing of each grass, to show details that are often difficult to show on a photograph. The text is short and to the point, providing the essential information to establish with one glance if the grass is desirable or not. Information: Information is provided on its growth form, ecological status, successional status, its nutritive value, palatability, its habitat, preferred soil type and its value as an indicator species.
  6. On each page is a ‘Did you know?’ section with some interesting facts and/or uses.
  7. Distribution maps for the southern African subregion accompanies each grass. This will make the book useful in other areas as well. Most grasses discussed in this book occur all over southern Africa.
  8. The book is colour-coded for quick reference and the colour codes are indicated in the contents for cross referencing purpose.
  9. The book is divided into three sections. The first section is the introduction, which explains the terms used in the text, such as ‘ecological status’, ‘successional status’, ‘decreaser’, ‘sub-climax grass’, etc. The second section is the identification section. The last section is a short summary of the most important pasture management strategies, pasture pests and a short summary of the grazers.
  10. This book is part of a series. The other books are ‘Did you know?’ guides on mammals, trees, birds, flowers, reptiles/amphibians and insects. This book is the second in the series, ‘Mammals’ being the first. The others will be released over a period of two years (starting 2011).