Omits the smaller, seldom-seen mammals of the continent in favour of devoting more space to the larger species. Each species is covered in detail, its physical appearance, food and habitat preferences, reproduction and general behaviour are described. Colour photographs illustrate and aid in the identification of these mammals, and in-text illustrations are used to highlight certain features. Each account is accompanied by a map showing the distribution of the species.
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Husband and wife team, Chris and Tilde Stuart, are best known for their various mammal field guides, but also for numerous other titles they have written on the natural environment of Africa. They are founders of the African Carnivore Research Programme and the African-Arabian Wildlife Research Centre. They travel extensively and are involved in various research programmes dealing with carnivores and other animals.