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The behavior guide to African mammals : including hoofed mammals, carnivores, primates /
Richard Despard Estes ; drawings by Daniel Otte ; foreword by E.O. Wilson.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1991.
description
xxii, 611 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0520058313 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1991.
isbn
0520058313 (alk. paper)
general note
"A Wake Forest studium book"--Verso of t.p.
catalogue key
2482592
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 567-601) and index.
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"A work of tremendous scope. . . . Amateur naturalists and tourists to the parks of Africa and finally professionals will find this a stimulating, well-documented summary."--John F. Eisenberg, Florida Museum of Natural History "We have seen in the field how very helpful and informativeThe Behavior Guideis. Our knowledgeable safari guides turned often to their prized and already well-thumbed copies, and we continue to refer to ours now that we are back home."--Douglas F. Williamson, Jr., National Council, World Wildlife Fund, U.S. "A fascinating, perceptive, and enjoyable travel companion heightens the pleasure of being afield.The Behavior Guide to African Mammalsis that ideal companion. Lucid, accurate, and marvelously illustrated, the book is a basic reference for anyone interested in natural history."--George B. Schaller, author ofThe Serengheti LionandThe Deer and the Tiger "A remarkable review of what is known about the larger African mammals."--A.R.E. Sinclair, The Ecology Group, University of British Columbia
Flap Copy
"A work of tremendous scope. . . . Amateur naturalists and tourists to the parks of Africa and finally professionals will find this a stimulating, well-documented summary."--John F. Eisenberg, Florida Museum of Natural History "We have seen in the field how very helpful and informative The Behavior Guide is. Our knowledgeable safari guides turned often to their prized and already well-thumbed copies, and we continue to refer to ours now that we are back home."--Douglas F. Williamson, Jr., National Council, World Wildlife Fund, U.S. "A fascinating, perceptive, and enjoyable travel companion heightens the pleasure of being afield. The Behavior Guide to African Mammals is that ideal companion. Lucid, accurate, and marvelously illustrated, the book is a basic reference for anyone interested in natural history."--George B. Schaller, author of The Serengheti Lion and The Deer and the Tiger "A remarkable review of what is known about the larger African mammals."--A.R.E. Sinclair, The Ecology Group, University of British Columbia
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1991-12:
Estes says in his preface that conventional field guides to wildlife serve primarily for species identification and contain limited behavioral information. Estes feels it is behavior that makes animals interesting, and he aims in this volume to describe and explain behaviors of common African mammals. Detailed accounts for 91 species include social, foraging or predatory, antipredator, and parent/offspring behaviors; social organization; postures; reproduction; play; activity; and ecology. Related species are grouped together in chapters. Though lacking the color photography of Grzimek's Encyclopedia of Mammals (CH, Jun'90), Estes' volume has line drawings, at least four per species, which clearly illustrate particular behaviors and range of distribution. Less chatty than Grzimek, this book covers more specific behaviors and cites journal literature, whereas Grzimek relies on monographic references. Grzimek's Encyclopedia of Ethology (CH, Mar'78) focuses on behavior but does not detail behaviors for each particular species as Estes' work does. Glossary, bibliography, index, and a "Guide to the Guide" add to its usefulness and thoroughness. Recommended for undergraduate and graduate collections.-T. R. Faust, Wake Forest University
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Choice, December 1991
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Long Description
The Behavior Guide to African Mammals is as different from a conventional field guide as motion pictures are from a snapshot. Whether we are able to look at them face to face, on television, or in the hundreds of illustrations provided here by Daniel Otte, this guide allows us to understand what animals do and what their behavior means. Drawing on his own extensive fieldwork and on the research of many other scientists, Richard Estes describes and explains the behavior of four major groups of mammals. Estes's remarkably informative guide is as up-to-date for the zoologist as it is accessible for the interested onlooker.
Long Description
The Behavior Guide to African Mammalsis as different from a conventional field guide as motion pictures are from a snapshot. Whether we are able to look at them face to face, on television, or in the hundreds of illustrations provided here by Daniel Otte, this guide allows us to understand what animals do and what their behavior means. Drawing on his own extensive fieldwork and on the research of many other scientists, Richard Estes describes and explains the behavior of four major groups of mammals. Estes's remarkably informative guide is as up-to-date for the zoologist as it is accessible for the interested onlooker.
Unpaid Annotation
"The Behavior Guide to African Mammals is as different from a conventional field guide as motion pictures are from a snapshot. Whether we are able to look at them face to face, on television, or in the hundreds of illustrations provided here by Daniel Otte, this guide allows us to understand what animals do and what their behavior means.Drawing on his own extensive fieldwork and on the research of many other scientists, Richard Estes describes and explains the behavior of four major groups of mammals. Estes's remarkably informative guide is as up-to-date for the zoologist as it is accessible for the interested onlooker.

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