Distilled from the highly acclaimed Mammals of Madagascar, this is the first comprehensive field guide to the mammals of Madagascar. Madagascar has a unique mammal fauna. Of the 123 species, at least 103 are found nowhere else on earth. It is best known for its 33 species of lemur, but there are also a great variety of tenrecs, bats, rodents, viverrids and mongooses. These groups have demonstrated remarkable adaptive radiation, giving rise to some of the most remarkable species in the world, such as the witch-like aye-aye, the elegant fosa and the bizarre hedgehog tenrecs. Anyone interested in mammals will hope to explore Madagascar's extraordinary assemblage of species, and this is the perfect identification guide for the island.
Nick Garbutt is Britain's best-known and most popular authority on Madagascar's wildlife. He has observed almost all of Madagascar's mammals in the wild – a claim only a handful of others can make. He is also a talented artist and wildlife photographer.
"Photographs that could grace a glossy coffee-table book are matched with authoritative, up-to-date text in a guide small enough to pop in your backpack If you are a natural-history buff who dreams of seeing this amazing island, Garbutt just might tip you off the couch and stir you into action."
– BBC Wildlife (May 2007)