More than 10 years in the making, Mammals of Africa contains the very latest information and detailed discussion of the morphology, distribution, biology and evolution (including reference to fossil and molecular data) of every currently recognized species of African land mammal.
Volume I: Introductory Chapters and Afrotheria comprises eight introductory chapters covering topics such as evolution, geography and geology, biotic zones, classification, behaviour and morphology. The rest of this volume is devoted to the Afrotheria, a grouping that comprises six orders and 49 species; these are the hyraxes, elephants, dugong, manatees, otter-shrews, golden-moles, sengis (elephant-shrews) and aardvark. Jonathan Kingdon has contributed colour illustrations to this volume, while Meredith Happold has contributed line drawings for the small mammals.
Jonathan Kingdon (Department of Zoology, University of Oxford) was born in Tanzania and has spent much of his life in Africa. Over the course of a long career he has achieved acclaim as both a leading academic and a prominent artist. He tis also the author of The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals and The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals.
David Happold (School of Botany and Zoology, Australian National University) has held academic positions at the University of Khartoum (Sudan), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), University of Malawi, and The Australian National University. He is also the author of Ecology of African Mammals (with M. J. Delany) and The Mammals of Nigeria.
Thomas M. Butynski (Zoological Society of London/King Khalid Wildlife Research Centre) is a conservationist and ecologist who has worked in Africa for 35 years, mostly in Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, and Equatorial Guinea.
Michael Hoffmann (International Union for Conservation of Nature – Species Survival Commission) is trained as a mammalogist at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and the University of Oxford, UK. He has since moved into the field of international biodiversity conservation.
Meredith Happold (School of Botany and Zoology, Australian National University) spent several years studying bats in Nigeria. Since 1977 she has held a Visiting Fellowship at the Australian National University and her research has focused on African bats.
Jan Kalina (Soita Nyiro Conservancy, Kenya) is a conservation biologist. Her work with mammals began at Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo in New York and at Colorado State University. She is currently joint-owner of Soita Nyiro Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya.