By: Assad Adel Serhal(Author), Saeed Abdulla Alkhuzai(Author), Jonathan Kingdon(Illustrator), Juan M Varela Simó(Illustrator), Karim Farah(Illustrator), Priscilla Barrett(Illustrator), Toni Llobet(Illustrator)
310 pages, 500+ colour & b/w illustrations
Language: Bilingual in English and Arabic
This guide covers all 200 terrestrial and marine mammals found in the Middle East, particularly in Arabic-speaking countries, where land is surrounded by many bodies of water including the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Gulf. The authors also tried to cover all habitats including sea, coast, forest, mountains, valleys, deserts, and marshes. To reach a wider audience, the text is both in Arabic and English. This guide is not limited to just being the first of its kind in terms of form, content, its scientific approach and coverage of all mammals of the region, but it is also characterized by the ease and clarity of its information and the ability to identify the animals in the wilderness from their physical description, measurements, favourite habitat, behaviour, breeding, food, etc. It also includes coloured plates and illustrations of each of these species, subspecies, breeds, skulls and footprint when it is available.
The book includes more than 500 coloured illustrations of all animals, including their adult forms, adolescent forms, baby forms, and different genders, as well as renderings of skeletons, tracks and excrement to make their identification in their natural habitat, including images from the private collection of Steven Ramsey, Jonathan Kingdon's famous Mammals of Arabia artwork, work from the Spanish artist Juan Varela, the latest artwork used in Handbook of Mammals of the World, plates of rodents and bats from Harper Collins's Mammals of Britain and Europe, and especially commissioned artwork from the Lebanese artist Karim Farah, who provided a collection of drawings for the movements of some animals.
The second edition featured is revised throughout and has distribution maps added for many species.
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