Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
664 pages, 337 plates with 1500+ colour photos; 313 b/w distribution maps2 customer reviews
Bovids are a diverse group of ruminant mammals that have hooves and unbranched hollow horns. Bovids of the World is the first comprehensive field guide to cover all 279 bovid species, including antelopes, gazelles, cattle, buffaloes, sheep, and goats. From the hartebeest of Africa and the takin of Asia to the muskox of North America, bovids are among the world's most spectacular animals and this stunningly illustrated and easy-to-use field guide is an ideal way to learn more about them.
Bovids of the World covers all species and subspecies of bovids described to date. It features more than 300 superb full-color plates depicting every kind of bovid, as well as detailed facing-page species accounts that describe key identification features, horn morphology, distribution, subspeciation, habitat, and conservation status in the wild. This book also shows where to observe each species and includes helpful distribution maps.
Suitable for anyone with an interest in natural history, Bovids of the World is a remarkable and attractive reference, showcasing the range and beauty of these important mammals.
"This is a very good field guide, with excellent illustrations."
– Don E. Wilson, curator emeritus, Smithsonian Institution
"Timely, superb, and grounded in thorough research, this book displays the real diversity of the bovid species – in all its complexity and splendor."
– Fenton P. D. Cotterill, Stellenbosch University
Foreword by Brent Huffman and Colin Groves 5
Sunis, Royal Antelope, Pygmy Antelope 28
Reedbucks, Waterbucks, Rhebok 38
Gazelles, Oribis, Steenbok, Grysbok, Dik-diks 82
Sheep, Goats, and relatives 302
Horse Antelopes 466
Tsessebes, Topis, Hartebeests, Wildebeests 496
Nilgai, Four-horned Antelope 542
Spiral-horned Antelopes 546
Bison, Buffaloes, Cattle, Saola 596
An absolutely magnificent guide to a beautiful collection of animals!
Research taxonomy is a dedicated time-consuming occupation with much collaboration with other interested people. In the 1970's I was fortunate to collaborate with Dr J. Pringle taxonomic botanist at The Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton Canada and illustrator the late Rosemary Smith at The Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh to publish the monograph Gentians. Still regarded as one of the standard works on the genus. All the correspondence came by post! Always fascinated by natural history books, I can barely imagine the amount of work to publish Bovids of the World by J. Castelló.
My joy at finding it on the wonderful NHBS web site had had far reaching consequences for much of my other research and passion to find the true origin of the many and varied myths about the origin of the unicorn.
I am saddened by the current trend in depicting the unicorn. In most images of the past, it had cloven hooves and only became a horse with the introduction of the medieval armour. George Stubbs gave us The Anatomy of the Horse , not a horn to be found. The small black profile of each species should be studied and the diversity of the horns understood.
The depth of research is amazing, and depressing status of many due to our lack of care for these beautiful creatures may reduce them to the mythology of extinct species. I have shown the book to many children to understand the science of classification, the vulnerability of the animals and not to just accept what is presented to them but to question how we interact with the natural world. To quote from Diversity and Classification of Flowering Plants by Armen Takhajan. Conquist....'complete objectivity in taxonomy or any other complex subject is an unattainable will-o'-the wisp'..... but we should always strive.
Bovids is a superb example of the care taken with taxonomy to publish a book adding to our understanding of just a small part of our precious planet.
José R. Castelló is a medical doctor with a particular interest in zoology and biology. He is a member of the American Society of Mammalogists and the Spanish Society for Conservation and Study of Mammals. He lives in Madrid.