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Animals of Kruger National Park

Field / Identification GuideNewSPECIAL OFFER
An essential all-in-one Kruger safari companion
Perfect for new and experienced safari-goers alike
Small, portable format ideal for field use
Unique attractive layout with more than 200 stunning color photographs
Photos show animals in a variety of poses
Covers the most frequently seen species—57 mammals, 17 reptiles, and 8 frogs
Authoritative and accessible text provides more information about identification, behavior, biology, and conservation than most competing guides
Includes spoor prints for all frequently encountered mammal tracks

Series: Wildlife Explorer Guides

By: Keith Barnes (Author)

176 pages, 200+ colour photos, 2 colour maps


Paperback | Aug 2016 | #227281 | ISBN-13: 9780691161785
Availability: In stock
NHBS Special Offer Price: £13.99 £19.95 (Save £5.96) $17/€16 approx (ends 31/12/2016)

About this book

This compact and stunningly illustrated field guide is an essential companion for any safari in South Africa's Kruger National Park – one of the largest, most iconic, and most visited conservation areas in Africa. Featuring a unique attractive layout and more than 200 colour photographs that show animals in a variety of poses, Animals of Kruger National Park covers all of the park's most frequently seen mammals, reptiles, and frogs. The authoritative and accessible text provides more information about identification, habitat, behavior, biology, and conservation than most competing guides.

Written by South Africa native Keith Barnes, an experienced naturalist, wildlife guide, and author, Animals of Kruger National Park covers 57 mammals, 17 reptiles, and 8 frogs. In addition to Kruger's famous Big-5 of elephants, leopards, lions, rhinoceroses, and buffalos, Animals of Kruger National Park also includes lesser-known animals such as the charismatic Wild Dog, smaller cats like the Serval and Caracal, and odd nocturnal denizens like the Cape Porcupine and Springhare. Text and photos work seamlessly to enhance the user's understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the animals of this incredible region, which is home to South Africa's most important populations of megafauna.

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The region 7
The aim of this book 8
How to use this book 10
Glossary of terms 12
Kruger's importance for biodiversity 14
The seasons and timing your visit 15
Considerations for your visit 16
The habitats 17
Characteristic plants 18
Map showing the distribution of habitats in Kruger National Park 22
Map of Kruger National Park and adjacent private concession areas forming the Greater Kruger National Park conservation area 23
How, where and when to watch animals in Kruger National Park 24
The ten best wildlife-watching routes 28

Mammal tracks 32
Lion Panthera leo 40
Leopard Panthera pardus 44
Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus 48
Serval Leptailurus serval 52
Caracal Caracal caracal 53
Wild Cat Felis sylvestris 54
African Civet Civettictis civetta 55
Common Genet Genetta genetta 56
Large-spotted Genet Genetta maculata 57
Spotted Hyena Crocuta crocuta 58
Aardwolf Proteles cristata 62
Banded Mongoose Mungos mungo 64
Common Dwarf Mongoose Helogale parvula 65
Common Slender Mongoose Herpestes sanguineus 66
White-tailed Mongoose Ichneumia albicauda 67
Zorilla Ictonyx striatus 68
Honey Badger Mellivora capensis 69
Black-backed Jackal Canis mesomelas 70
Side-striped Jackal Canis adustus 71
African Wild Dog Lycaon pictus 72
Temminck's Ground Pangolin Smutsia temminckii 74
Aardvark Orycteropus afer 75
Spotted-necked Otter Hydrictis maculicollis 76
African Clawless Otter Aonyx capensis 77
African Elephant Loxodonta africana 78
White Rhinoceros Ceratotherium simum 82
Black Rhinoceros Diceros bicornis 84
Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibious 86
Common Warthog Phacochoerus africanus 90
Plains Zebra Equus quagga 92
Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis 94
African Buffalo Syncerus caffer 98
Common Eland Tragelaphus oryx 102
Greater Kudu Tragelaphus strepsiceros 104
Common Duiker Sylvicapra grimmia 106
Sharpe's Grysbok Raphicerus sharpei 107
Steenbok Raphicerus campestris 108
Klipspringer Oreotragus oreotragus 109
Southern Reedbuck Redunca arundinum 110
Bushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus 112
Nyala Tragelaphus angasii 114
Roan Antelope Hippotragus equinus 116
Sable Antelope Hippotragus niger 118
Waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus 120
Impala Aepyceros melampus 122
Tsessebe Damaliscus lunatus 124
Common Wildebeest Connochaetes taurinus 126
Scrub Hare Lepus saxatilis 128
Springhare Pedetes capensis 129
Rock Hyrax Procavia capensis 130
Cape Porcupine Hystrix africaeaustralis 131
Vervet (Monkey) Chlorocebus pygerythrus 132
Chacma Baboon Papio ursinus 134
Southern Lesser Galago Galago moholi 136
Thick-tailed Greater Galago Otolemur crassicaudatus 137
Smith's Bush Squirrel Paraxerus cepapi 138
Epauletted fruit-bats Epomophorus spp. 139

Nile Crocodile Crocodylus niloticus 142
Leopard Tortoise Stigmochelys pardalis 144
Serrated Hinged Terrapin Pelusios sinuatus 145
Water Monitor Varanus niloticus 146
Rock Monitor Varanus albigularis 146
Puff Adder Bitis arietans 148
Mozambique Spitting Cobra Naja mossambica 149
Black Mamba Dendroaspis polylepis 150
Southern African Python Python natalensis 151
Common Flap-necked Chameleon Chamaeleo dilepis 152
Southern Tree Agama Acanthocercus atricollis 153
Rainbow Skink Trachylepis margaritifer 154
Striped Skink Trachylepis striata 155
Variable Skink Trachylepis varia 156
Common Tropical House Gecko Hemidactylus mabouia 157
Common Giant Plated Lizard Matobosaurus validus 158
Rough-scaled Plated Lizard Broadleysaurus major 159

African Bullfrog Pyxicephalus edulis 162
Southern Foam-nest Frog Chiromantis xerampelina 163
Banded Rubber Frog Phrynomantis bifasciatus 164
Snoring Puddle Frog Phrynobatrachus natalensis 165
Bubbling Kassina Kassina senegalensis 166
Plain Grass Frog Ptychadena anchietae 167
Bushveld Rain Frog Breviceps adspersus 168
Painted Reed Frog Hyperolius marmoratus 169

Further reading and online resources 170
South African National Parks (SANParks) main regulations 171
Rhinos on the edge 172
Acknowledgements and photo credits 173
Index 174

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Keith Barnes, a native of South Africa, is a founder and director of Tropical Birding, a birdwatching, wildlife, and photography tour operator. He holds a PhD in zoology from the University of Cape Town and is a coauthor of a companion volume, Birds of Kruger National Park, and Birding Ethiopia, among other books. He grew up in the bushveld of the Magaliesberg, and fondly remembers early visits to Kruger National Park.

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