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The Beginner's Guide to the Animals of Southern Africa

Popular Science

By: Lynne Matthews(Author)

280 pages, colour photos, illustrations

Jacana Publishers

Paperback | Jun 2016 | #228048 | ISBN-13: 9781431423293
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NHBS Price: £14.95 $19/€16 approx

About this book

This essential guide to the animals of Southern Africa has been written specifically for young outdoor enthusiasts. It is filled with fascinating facts about the extraordinary animals living in the area.

Discover the amazing adaptations that animals have developed in order to survive. Find out about their lifecycles, the places they live, why some keep territories, why they migrate or hibernate, how they find a mate and escape predators, and how they interact with one another.

There is an important section on conservation matters that all the future generations on our planet stand to gain or lose depending on the solutions that are implemented today.

The Beginner's Guide to the Animals of Southern Africa is divided into the following categories:
- Mammals
- Birds
- Frogs and reptiles
- Insects and other invertebrates

Full-colour photographs, beautiful illustrations and informative text will help you understand what the lives of these animals are all about. The following questions are asked and answered in a humorous way:
- How do hippos protect themselves from sunburn? Why do giraffe eat bones? What mammal uses a coat of armour for protection? Why do waterbuck have a toilet-seat shape on their behinds?
- Why are vultures bald? What bird is the crocodile's friend? What bird can imitate a car alarm? What bird never builds a nest?
- How do frogs breathe through their skin? Is it true that a toad gives you warts? What lizards jam themselves into rocks to escape predators? How do geckos' toes help them climb walls?
- What insect shovels dung? What insect prays when it catches its food? What caterpillar lives in dead antelope horns? What insect breathes out the tip of its tail?

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