East African Wildlife

by Philip Briggs

East African Wildlife

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This indispensable guide offers all the information you need to get the most out of wildlife watching in East Africa. Accessible and beautifully illustrated, this revised second edition of Bradt's much praised guide to East African Wildlife will appeal to both the first-time visitor and to the serious naturalist seeking a compact volume to carry around. Written by Africa expert Philip Briggs, this guide provides a colourful overview of the region's variety of large animals together with information on their habits and habitats. The book also provides an excellent introduction to the region's less heralded variety of smaller creatures including 1,500 bird species and butterflies. It also makes a great souvenir. The wildlife of east Africa is the major visitor attraction of this region, thanks to the legendary game reserves of Serengeti and the Maasai Mara.

Bradt's fully illustrated wildlife guides focus on regions of the world particularly celebrated for their amazing and often unique species. With spectacular photography or exclusive watercolour drawings throughout, each visitors' guide provides an introduction to the region's principal flora and fauna alongside suggested wildlife itineraries, practical information on when to go and what to take and photography tips. Written in a deliberately engaging way, they offer something different from dry field guides, and will appeal to the interested layman as much as the wildlife devotee. Ideal as a lightweight companion to any wildlife trip.

About the author

Johannesburg resident Philip Briggs has travelled extensively throughout Africa and is author of Bradt's Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Northern Tanzania, Tanzania, and co-author of Mozambique and Rwanda.

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Contents

Introduction
About this book

The Lie of the Land
Geography
Climate
The human landscape

Habitats
What is a habitat?
Savannah
Woodland
Forest
Highlands
Semi-desert
Wetlands and waterways
Artificial habitats

Mammals
Primates
Carnivores
Elephants
Odd-toed ungulates
Even-toed ungulates
Small mammals

Birds
Waterbirds
Raptors
Ground birds
Near-passerines
Passerines

Reptiles and Amphibians
Reptiles
Amphibians

Invertebrates
Millipedes and centipedes
Arachnids
Insects

Finding Wildlife
Game drives
Guided walks
Boat trips
Camps and lodges
Urban habitats

On Safari
What to take
Where to go

Further reading
Appendix: Introduction to Taxonomy
Index