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African Game Species and Subspecies

Flora / Fauna

By: Stephen J Carton-Barber(Author)

467 pages, ~400 colour photographs and colour illustrations, ~180 colour distribution maps

African Wildlife Subspecies Foundation

Hardback | Jan 2017 | #240386 | ISBN-13: 9780620746694
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £74.99 $99/€85 approx

About this book

Subspecies are the species of tomorrow, albeit it many millennia from now. How can a future species be saved, if we are not even aware of its existence, today? The saving of the Southern White Rhinoceros is a conservation success story. At the same time, almost unnoticed, the Northern White Rhinoceros has been allowed to slide into oblivion. It once outnumbered its southern counterpart by a large factor. Now the last few animals, captively held, are about to die off.

Looking at African wildlife at a subspecies level reveals a greater richness. The photos and text in this book explains for example what differentiates a Swayne’s Hartebeest from a Tora Hartebeest, or a White-Eared Kob from a Western Kob, or how a Western Giraffe and a Reticulated Giraffe are very different appearing animals. Furthermore, the book provides historical (typically just before colonialism, ~150 years ago) range maps side-by-side with range maps showing present distribution.


1. Introduction  1
2. Taxonomy   5
3. Distributions of Game   13

4. White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium)   17
5. Black Rhinoceros (Diceros)   23
6. Zebra (Equus)   29
7. Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus and Choeropsis)   45
8. Giraffe (Giraffa)   51
9. Wildebeest (Connochaetes)   63
10. Gazelles (Gazella, Nanger and Eudorcas)   73
11. Hartebeest (Alcelaphus)   95
12. Hunter's Hartebeest (Beatragus)   109
13. Blesbok, Tsessebe and Korrigum (Damaliscus)   113
14. Dibatag (Ammodorcas)   125
15. Bush Duiker (Sylvicapra)   129
16. Blue, Maxwell's and Walter's Duiker (Philantomba)   135
17. Forest Duiker (Cephalophus)   141
18. Springbok (Antidorcas)   157
19. Klipspringer (Oreotragus)   163
20. Dik Diks (Madoqua)   169
21. Oribi (Ourebia)   183
22. Grysbok and Steenbok (Raphicerus)   187
23. Pygmy Antelope (Neotragus)   193
24. Impala (Aepyceros)   199
25. Gerenuk (Litocranius)   203
26. Addax (Addax)   207
27. Vaal Rhebok (Pelea)   211
28. Sable and Roan Antelope (Hippotragus)   215
29. Oryx (Oryx)   225
30. Buffalo (Syncerus)   231
31. Kudu, Nyala, Bushbuck, Bongo, Sitatunga (Tragelaphus)   239
32. Eland (Taurotragus)   265
33. Reedbuck (Redunca)   273
34. Waterbuck, Lechwe, Puku and Kob (Kobus)   283
35. Beira Antelope (Dorcatragus)   303
36. Caracal and Golden Cat (Caracal)   307
37. Serval (Leptailurus)   311
38. Wildcat (Felis)   317
39. Leopard and Lion (Panthera)   325
40. Cheetah (Acinonyx)   333
41. Crocodile (Crocodylus)   337
42. Dwarf Crocodile (Osteolaemus)   341
43. Barbary Deer (Cervus)   345
44. Water Chevrotain (Hyemoschus)   349
45. Ibex (Capra)   353
46. Aoudad (Ammotragus)   357
47. Wild Boar (Sus)   361
48. Forest Hog (Hylochoerus)   365
49. Warthog (Phacochoerus)   369
50. Bushpig and Red River Hog (Potamochoerus)   375
51. Elephant (Loxodonta)   381
52. Spotted Hyena (Crocuta)   385
53. Striped and Brown Hyena (Hyaena)   389
54. Aardwolf (Proteles)   393
55. Jackal (Canis)   397
56. Fox (Vulpes)   405
57. Bat Eared Fox (Otocyon)   411
58. African Wild Dog (Lycaon)   415
59. Ostrich (Struthio)   419
60. Aardvark (Orycteropus)   425
61. African Civet (Civettictis)   429
62. Ratel (Mellivora)   433
63. Okapi or Johnston's Horse (Okapia)   437

Index: Common Names   441
Index: Scientific Names   451

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Stephen Carton-Barber had a career in the civil service and business before retiring to operate a safari business on his game ranch in the Limpopo River Valley, of South Africa. Together, with his son Devlin, this family business was the focal point of both their interest in African game.

His passion for wildlife was fuelled from an early age and his time in the safari business only further stimulated this interest. Twenty-one years ago he set out to buy a book that adequately dealt with the subspecies of African Game. He could not find one. This text is the result. This is the book that he wanted to purchase, but could not find.

Together with Devlin, he spent time in the rain forests of Africa, in Cameroon, the deserts of Namibia, the plains of Kenya and most countries in between. Their love of Africa's wildlife, tempered by their concerns for its future. The great sadness of his life was the loss of his son to a cowardly murder at a young age. There is no doubt in his mind as to the enjoyment they both would of had in writing this book together, if fate had allowed. It is hoped that those who read this will take as much pleasure as it gave the author writing it.

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