The first comprehensive reference book ever published on systematics, ecology, conservation status and management of all 54 deer species of the world.
Covering all deer species worldwide, this volume brings together the contributions of 130 international deer experts providing:
- A comprehensive review of current knowledge on evolution, phylogeny and systematics of deer
- A complete understanding of the ecology and conservation status of each species with detailed accounts
- A number of case studies on conservation, management, hunting, farming and impacts of deer on forest ecosystems
An invaluable resource for researchers, wildlife managers and students in conservation biology, ecology and management, this beautifully illustrated book reveals the fascinating story of the evolution of deer, the long history of interactions between humans and deer, and the threats affecting these charismatic groups of species.
Mario Melletti is an Italian free-lance wildlife biologist and member of the African Buffalo Initiative Group and Wild Pig Specialist Group both part of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. During his PhD studies, he was affiliated with the Department of Animal and Human Biology, at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy and with the Department of Conservation Biology of the Estación Biólogica de Doñana (CSIC-EBD) Seville, Spain. For 10 years he has been studying the ecology and behaviour of the forest buffalo in Central Africa. Mario has conducted research on a number of other large mammals and collaborated on several projects and surveys on both mammals and birds in Africa and Europe. He worked in several African countries including Burkina Faso, C.A.R., Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He started collaborating with the Cambridge University Press in 2010 as editor of a book series on the conservation and management of large mammals. He has authored a total of six books and about 60 scientific publications.
Stefano Focardi is a senior researcher at the Institute for Complex Systems of the CNR in Florence where he leads the team of large mammal research, is a professor of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of Florence, Italy, and invited professor at the University of Lyon, France. Moreover, he will lead a collaboration with the INRA in Toulouse, France. He authored 110 scientific papers and 26 documents related to environmental management. He is the scientific coordinator of EUROBOAR, a European organization to study the biology of the wild boar and an active member of the EURODEER INITIATIVE. He is a specialist in the biology of roe deer and fallow deer and has organized several international meetings of specialists on these two Cervids species. His current research interests encompass the demography of ungulates, movement ecology of birds and mammals, and population assessment.