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Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets > Wild animals

The Last Elephants (Paperback, Flexibound): Don Pinnock, Colin Bell The Last Elephants (Paperback, Flexibound)
Don Pinnock, Colin Bell
R490 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R140 (29%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The Africa-wide Great Elephant Census of 2016 produced shocking fi ndings: a decimated elephant population whose numbers were continuing to plummet. Elephants are killed, on average, every 15–20 minutes – a situation that will see the fi nal demise of these intelligent, extraordinary animals in less than three decades. They are a species in crisis. This magnifi cent book offers chapters written by the most prominent people in the realm of conservation and wildlife, among them researchers, conservationists, film makers, criminologists, TV personalities and journalists. Photographs have been selected from among Africa’s best wildlife photographers, and the Foreword is provided by Prince William.

It is hoped this book will create awareness of the devastating loss of elephant lives in Africa and stem the tide of poaching and hunting; that it will inspire the delegates to CITES to make informed decisions to ensure that all loopholes in the ivory trade are closed; and that countries receiving and using ivory (both legal and poached) – primarily China, Vietnam, Laos and Japan – ban and strenuously police its trade and use within their borders, actively pursuing and arresting syndicate leaders driving the cruel poaching tsunami.

This book is also a tribute to the many people who work for the welfare of elephants, particularly those who risk their lives for wildlife each day, often for little or no pay – in particular the fi eld rangers and the anti-poaching teams; and to the many communities around Africa that have elected to work with elephants and not against them.

The Last Elephants – is the title prophetic? We hope not, but the signs are worrying.

Kingdom Of Daylight - Memories Of A Birdwatcher (Paperback): Peter Steyn Kingdom Of Daylight - Memories Of A Birdwatcher (Paperback)
Peter Steyn
R290 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R62 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

In this autobiographical account of a lifetime spent observing, researching and photographing birds, Peter Steyn shares experiences that span some 70 years.

His story starts and ends in Cape Town, South Africa, but in between we read about:

  • the 17 years he spent in Zimbabwe – his most productive in terms of ornithological research
  • his worldwide travels in a quest to study birds
  • his regular spells as a lecturer on cruise-ship voyages
  • trips from the Arctic to the Antarctic, to remote Southern Ocean islands and to several Indian Ocean islands and St Helena
  • travels also to the USA, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Ethiopia – all in pursuit of birds

His detailed and fascinating memoir captures the author’s great enthusiasm for birds and their role in his shaping his life and experiences.

Kingdom of Daylight: Memories of a Birdwatcher is well illustrated and features more than 400 photographs taken during Peter’s lifelong journey with birds.

Nicole - The True Story Of A Great White Shark's Journey Into History (Paperback): Richard Peirce Nicole - The True Story Of A Great White Shark's Journey Into History (Paperback)
Richard Peirce 1
R150 R118 Discovery Miles 1 180 Save R32 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Sharks are among the most persecuted animals on Earth. Nicole’s block-buster story lifts the lid on the shocking details of the trade in shark fins, and raises awareness of the plight of sharks in the 21st century.

In November 2003 a female Great White Shark was tagged near Dyer Island in South Africa. Her tag popped up in February 2004, just south of Western Australia. The shark, later to be named Nicole (after shark enthusiast Nicole Kidman), had swum an epic 11,000 km. Scientists were even more surprised when she was identified back in South Africa in August 2004 – she had covered 22,000 km in less than nine months, using pinpoint navigation both ways.

Since then, many Great Whites have been tagged and have shown a propensity for undertaking long migrations – but none has yet matched Nicole's amazing feat. This story incorporates a blend of science, actual events and real people, along with conjecture as to what might have happened on Nicole's momentous journey.

Birding In South Africa's National Parks (Paperback): Rob Little Birding In South Africa's National Parks (Paperback)
Rob Little; Photographs by Maans Booysen
R195 R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Save R40 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

This is the first book dedicated to birding in South Africa’s national parks. The 19 featured national parks are grouped within the four biogeographic regions – northern, arid, frontier and Cape regions. The book offers a concise introduction and summary of birding within each park.

Pertinent and interesting facts about where to find birds, including the top 10 birds of each park and a description of general habitats, are presented in a readable fashion. Over one hundred photographs illustrate some of the special birds found in the parks. Of the 700 regularly seen terrestrial species in South Africa, at least 640 can be found in the 19 national parks, with 13 of the 15 species endemic to South Africa and another 19 of the 20 species endemic to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Bird species commonly found in each park are listed at the back of the book.

Birding In South Africa's National Parks will be a worthy addition to the bookshelves of bird enthusiasts, particularly birders and ecotourists visiting South Africa from across the world.

Wild Land (Hardcover): Peter Pickford, Beverly Pickford Wild Land (Hardcover)
Peter Pickford, Beverly Pickford
R985 R735 Discovery Miles 7 350 Save R250 (25%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Four years. Seven continents. An unprecedented quest to document and preserve our last remaining wild lands.

In more than 200 striking images, acclaimed South African photographers Peter and Beverly Pickford have created an epic, unparalleled portrait of some of our planet’s most untouched places: from the heat-beaten country of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast to Alaska and the Yukon’s abundance of water, in ocean, river and lake; from the subantarctic islands’ wind-tossed shores in the south to the Arctic’s immense expanses of cracked pancake ice in the north; and the dazzling juxtaposition of desert and water in Australia’s Kimberley to the remote, frozen peaks of Tibet and Patagonia. Within these extreme landscapes, Beverly and Peter’s images illuminate and celebrate myriad forms of life: polar bears, rhinoceroses and bharal, as well as the humble lichen, are all evocatively pictured within the landscapes upon which they depend. This is a wildlife book like no other, its images aching with what words struggle to describe: the resonance of wilderness in our inner being, the power of land to transform our emotion, and our ability to transcend the immediate to become sublime.

Wild Land’s stunning images are accompanied by a fascinating text in which Peter not only vividly describes the photographers’ adventures in pursuit of wild land, but also delivers a timely message that highlights the urgent need for these lands to be preserved for the future of the planet – a future on which humankind’s very survival is dependent.

Cuddle Me, Kill Me - A True Account Of South Africa's Captive Lion Breeding And Canned Hunting Industry (Paperback):... Cuddle Me, Kill Me - A True Account Of South Africa's Captive Lion Breeding And Canned Hunting Industry (Paperback)
Richard Peirce
R200 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R43 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Canned lion hunting sprang to the world’s attention with the 2015 launch of the documentary, Blood Lions. This movie blew the cover off a brutal industry that has burgeoned in the last decade or so, operating largely under the radar of public concern.

In Cuddle Me Kill Me, veteran wildlife campaigner Richard Peirce reveals horrifying facts about the industry. He tells:

  • The true story of two male lions rescued from breeding farms
  • The exploitation and misery of these apex predators when they are bred in captivity
  • How young cubs are removed from their mothers mere hours after birth
  • How they are first used for petting by an adoring (and paying) public
  • Their subsequent use for ‘walking with lions’ tourism
  • And how, in the final stage of exploitation, they are served up in fenced enclosure for execution by canned hunters – or simply shot by breeders for the value of their carcass, a prized product in the East

Well researched by Peirce with the help of an undercover agent, and illustrated with photos taken along the way, this is a disturbing and passionate plea to end commercial captive lion breeding and the repurposing of wildlife to cater for human greed.

Garden Birds in Southern Africa - Attract, Identify, Enjoy (Paperback): Duncan Butchart Garden Birds in Southern Africa - Attract, Identify, Enjoy (Paperback)
Duncan Butchart 3
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

This guide profiles 101 garden birds likely to be found in gardens across southern Africa, informing readers about what to look and listen for, and where and when. It is also an inspirational guide to creating a bird-friendly garden that is also a reservoir of biodiversity, wherever you are in the region.

With an attractive layout and multiple colour images, it offers the following:

  • Descriptions and photos of 101 garden birds
  • How to get to know your local species, their feeding, breeding, calls and general behaviour
  • How to design your garden to attract the widest range of birds and other wildlife
  • The best plants and structures to provide food and shelter for birds
  • Detailed lists of recommended trees, shrubs, climbers, aloes and grasses
Wild Karoo - A Journey Through History, Change And Revival In An Ancient Land (Paperback): Mitch Reardon Wild Karoo - A Journey Through History, Change And Revival In An Ancient Land (Paperback)
Mitch Reardon
R200 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R43 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

After centuries of relative isolation, the Karoo – South Africa’s parched heartland – is a latecomer to the tourist industry. What was once viewed as a harsh and desolate place of limited attraction is rapidly gaining popularity with visitors who now make the Karoo their destination, keen to partake of its legendary charm, its extraordinary flora and the resurgence of wildlife that once again populates its plains.

Wild Karoo documents Mitch Reardon’s 4,000-kilometre journey of discovery through the region. The book focuses on:

  • local nature conservation in all its facets
  • the game, large and small – some recently reintroduced – plus birds, reptiles and invertebrates
  • the unique, arid-adapted flora
  • the landscape and geology
  • the history and lifestyle of the people who have made a home here
  • plans to combine public and private protected land to create wildlife corridors between isolated parks, re-establishing old migration routes and so reversing some of the effects of human settlement

Beautifully written, and illustrated with evocative photographs, this book is a must read for anyone interested in travel, wildlife and the environment.

Insectopedia - The Secret World of Southern African Insects (Paperback, 2nd Revised Edition): Erik Holm Insectopedia - The Secret World of Southern African Insects (Paperback, 2nd Revised Edition)
Erik Holm 3
R250 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R53 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Insectopedia uncovers the fascinating and infinitely varied world of insects. It explores their intriguing behaviour and biology – from mating and breeding, metamorphosis and movement to sight, smell, hearing and their adaptations to heat and cold.

A chapter on superorganisms probes the curious phenomenon of social communities among insects; another covers the critical role that these creatures play in maintaining the fragile balance of life on our planet. The book concludes with a 60-page illustrated field guide, describing most insect orders and their main families.

Previously published as Insectlopedia of Southern Africa, this fully revised and redesigned edition includes up-to-date information throughout, an expanded ID section, and several hundred new photographs.

Understanding Elephants - Guidelines for Safe and Enjoyable Elephant Viewing (Paperback): Elephant Specialist Advisory Group Understanding Elephants - Guidelines for Safe and Enjoyable Elephant Viewing (Paperback)
Elephant Specialist Advisory Group
R140 R97 Discovery Miles 970 Save R43 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Elephants are arguably Africa’s most charismatic animals, and among the biggest drawcards to our game reserves. While the burgeoning game-park industry may be increasing our access to these magnificent creatures, rising human-elephant encounters are an inevitable outcome – sometimes, sadly, fatal. Such encounters could likely have been avoided had those involved understood elephant behaviour, and particularly how these intelligent animals interface with traffic through their territory.

This book describes elephant family life, from rearing of infants to establishing dominance within a herd; it unpacks regular elephant behaviour, the matriarchal system, the particular dangers of males in musth, and many other aspects of their lives. Most of all, it provides guidelines for ensuring safe and enjoyable encounters with these majestic animals.

This is an essential guide for those planning visits to reserves: aside from the interest factor, being able to read the tell-tale signs may just save lives.

Safari Style Africa (Hardcover): Annemarie Meintjies Safari Style Africa (Hardcover)
Annemarie Meintjies
R630 R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Save R113 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The safari design aesthetic has yoked hi-tech, high-end architecture with traditional low-tech African craft and fused them in a new genre of highly original, courageous and soulful – even sexy – architecture and interiors. This is design that, while rooted in Africa, possesses an international appeal that is beginning to influence aesthetic ideas the world over.

Safari Style Africa showcases a selection of lodges where these elements of design dialogue beautifully with the environment.

Beat About The Bush - The Comprehensive Guide (Paperback): Trevor Carnaby Beat About The Bush - The Comprehensive Guide (Paperback)
Trevor Carnaby 2
R465 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R105 (23%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Beat About The Bush is a series of remarkable books for outdoor and nature lovers. This comprehensive guide has been expanded to include not only mammals, birds and reptiles, but amphibians, invertebrates, plants, field signs and clues as well.

The information is portrayed in the same detailed yet user-friendly, question-and-answer format.

Have you ever wondered ...

• why birds often fly in formation
• why hornbills call with their wings open
• why cuckoos lay their eggs in other birds’ nests
• and how long crocodiles can stay under water with one breath?

Interesting information on the plants these animals depend on is also included, as are the most interesting aspects of climate/weather, geology, astronomy and bush management practices.

Trevor Carnaby has been working as a professional field guide for the last 20 years. Passionate about Africa, he is actively involved in guide training and spends a great deal of time photographing Southern and East Africa’s wildlife, people and landscapes, while leading tailored, privately guided safaris through his company, Beat about the Bush Safaris.

Heart Of A Game Ranger - Stories From A Wild Life (Paperback): Mario Cesare Heart Of A Game Ranger - Stories From A Wild Life (Paperback)
Mario Cesare
R260 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R47 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Predictability isn’t a word you will find in any Bushveld dictionary, and the life of wildlife guardian Mario Cesare has been anything but. After years as warden of Olifants River Game Reserve, his feet are firmly planted in this magnificent slice of Big Five country to the west of the Kruger Park, where he has experienced a rich life packed full of incidents far from routine.

In Heart Of A Game Ranger, Cesare recounts some of these hair-raising, heart-breaking and heart-warming moments: a buffalo calf reunited with its pining mother, injured lions given second chances and rhinos lost, one by one, to poaching. Nestled among these tales, Cesare pays homage to the brave, dedicated and curious personalities engaged in a deadly combat on the most majestic of battlefields. Yet, while rhino poaching is by far the reserve’s biggest problem, Cesare reveals how the daily struggles of a game ranger are so much broader – and the rewards, when they come, immense.

Heart Of A Game Ranger is a story of extremes, one of fierce loyalty and devastating betrayal where spectacular days that end in exhausted satisfaction and achievement are balanced by those that leave behind only despair and frustration. Seen through his eyes and spoken from the heart, Cesare tells a deeply personal story – not only of a life lived wild, but of the joy of Africa’s incredible natural world.

Two Oceans - A Guide To The Marine Life Of Southern Africa (Paperback, 4th Edition): George Branch, Margo Branch, Lynnath... Two Oceans - A Guide To The Marine Life Of Southern Africa (Paperback, 4th Edition)
George Branch, Margo Branch, Lynnath Beckley, Charles Griffiths 3
R420 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R95 (23%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

For over two decades Two Oceans has been the pre-eminent book to which scientists, students, divers and beachcombers turn to identify and learn about marine life, from sponges to whales and seaweeds to dune forests.

In this exuberantly colourful, fully revised fourth edition, over 2 000 species are now covered, names and other details have been updated to refl ect the latest taxonomy and many new photographs have been added.

Cat Among The Pigeons - Animal Myths, Musings And Matters Of Fact (Paperback): David Muirhead Cat Among The Pigeons - Animal Myths, Musings And Matters Of Fact (Paperback)
David Muirhead
R180 R142 Discovery Miles 1 420 Save R38 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Here’s another batch of David Muirhead’s unrespectable creatures, following his successful earlier volume of hilarious animal accounts (The Bedside Ark ). It offers a wealth of accurate information on each of the profiled creatures, while revealing their softer sides and the near-human frailties from which they suffer – and temptations for which they fall. Delightful, humorous pen-and-ink sketches accompany many of the stories.

Muirhead’s mix of humour, mythology, anecdotal tales and folklore builds quirky and captivating portraits of each animal, and makes for a lighthearted, funny – as well as illuminating – read.

This new anthology, offering something different from the standard collection of animal CVs, will appeal to anyone interested in humorous writing and the natural world, no matter their age (from teen to adult) or level of knowledge.

Guide To Seabirds Of Southern Africa (Paperback): Peter Ryan Guide To Seabirds Of Southern Africa (Paperback)
Peter Ryan
R200 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R43 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Seabirds hold a special place in the hearts of birders, not least because of the challenge of getting to grips with a group of birds that is largely inaccessible, and living in an often hostile habitat. Guide to Seabirds of Southern Africa is the first book focusing exclusively on the nearly 1,000 birds that occur around the southern African coastline and adjacent Southern Ocean.

This book is primarily an identification guide, but the author also includes information about these birds’ fascinating biology and behaviour. The text is richly supported with photographs, as well as distribution maps for all the birds. A detailed introduction covers, among other topics, seabird origins, havens, feeding, breeding and conservation, as well as how best to watch and photograph these enigmatic birds.

Guide to Seabirds of Southern Africa is an authoritative, first-of-its-kind, essential, volume for birders’ libraries.

Invertebrates Of Southern Africa And Their Tracks & Signs (Paperback, None Ed.): Lee Gutteridge Invertebrates Of Southern Africa And Their Tracks & Signs (Paperback, None Ed.)
Lee Gutteridge
R320 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R66 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

This book intensively covers a never-before-explored aspect of Southern African nature and is an essential new addition to the library of every nature lover. It was researched and written over the last four and a half years to open a door to a little known micro-world that exists all around us. Invertebrates – which include commonly seen creatures such as butterflies, spiders, beetles, worms and scorpions – are everywhere. The signs of their day-to-day activities are all around us if we know where to look.

The life cycles and behaviours of many animals are discussed, with a special focus on interactions between mammals and invertebrates – a fascinating subject in itself.

While working on this book, Lee Gutteridge spent many hours in the field with expert entomologists and arachnologists, many of whom commented that; even though they had spent a lifetime in the field, this experience, of invertebrate tracking, had changed the way that they see the invertebrate world.

With funding received from the Oppenheimer family, 250 copies will be donated to indigenous trackers, whose knowledge Lee appreciates and respects.

African Safari - Into The Great Game Reserves (Hardcover, 2nd edition): Peter Pickford, Beverly Pickford African Safari - Into The Great Game Reserves (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
Peter Pickford, Beverly Pickford 1
R898 R672 Discovery Miles 6 720 Save R226 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

An African safari is arguably one of the most alluring and easily understood dreams of our time. Just the thought of an African safari evokes thoughts of adventure, a journey through nature's greatest spectacle, a glimpse of the earth before man.

African Safari is an exploration of all that the word safari encompasses, from journeys on horseback and dugout canoes, the quiet drifting of a balloon and the tension of waiting on foot to the smell of dung, soil and the rain. African Safari is an intimate odyssey through the great wilderness of Africa and an eye on its wild denizens, spiced with the echoes of a romantic history.

African Safari is divided into eight chapters:

  • South Africa (Kruger & the Kgalagadi)
  • Namibia (Etosha, Damaraland and Kaokaland)
  • Botswana (Okavango, Chobe, and Linyanti)
  • Zimbabwe (Mana Pools and the Zambezi)
  • Zambia (North and South Luangwa)
  • Tanzania (Ngorongoro and the Serengeti)
  • Kenya (Masai Mara, Amboseli, and Tsavo)
  • Rwanda & Uganda (Parc des Volcans and Mgahinga)
South African Coasts - A Celebration Of Our Seas And Shores (Paperback): Sylvia A. Earle South African Coasts - A Celebration Of Our Seas And Shores (Paperback)
Sylvia A. Earle
R190 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R40 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

This book showcases the very best of the photography as judged in the Sustainable Seas Trust 2013/14 competition. The extraordinary, prize-winning photographs are accompanied by illuminating essays from leading scientists, sports people and others whose lives are intimately connected with the seas.

It also serves as a call to create a South African network of Hope Spots, which are special, people-orientated marine conservation areas.

The hope is that, with the close involvement of the communities that live near and depend on the seas, we can safeguard our natural resources.

Stuarts' Field Guide To National Parks & Game Reserves Of East Africa (Paperback): Chris Stuart, Mathilde Stuart Stuarts' Field Guide To National Parks & Game Reserves Of East Africa (Paperback)
Chris Stuart, Mathilde Stuart
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

This guide to the parks and reserves of East Africa provides a valuable overview of some 58 protected areas across East Africa. The book is divided into the four East African countries Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda – and, for each park, provides essential background on geology and landscape, climate, vegetation and wildlife, capturing the essence of what each area offers. It also covers the brief history of each park.

Other features include:

  • Many colour photographs of animal and plant life.
  • Detailed park maps, indicating places of interest and best sites to view key species.
  • Text panels with highlights, facilities and activities, wildlife facts, and important alerts.
  • A photographic gallery of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and trees, for quick identification of common species.

This must-have guide to East Africa’s protected areas will prove indispensable to local and international visitors to the region and to all nature enthusiasts.

Stuart's Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern, Central & East African Wildlife (Paperback): Chris Stuart,... Stuart's Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern, Central & East African Wildlife (Paperback)
Chris Stuart, Mathilde Stuart
R400 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R89 (22%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Originally published in 1994, A Field Guide to Tracks and Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife quickly became the standard reference to the subject in the region, reprinting many times. This new edition provides the most detailed coverage of tracks, droppings, bird pellets, nests and shelters and feeding signs, not only for mammals, but also for birds, reptiles, insects and other invertebrates. Greatly expanded, this extensive update now features: full colour throughout.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Pocket Diary 2016 (Hardcover): Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year Pocket Diary 2016 (Hardcover)
Natural History Museum
R229 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R58 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is the international showcase for the very best photography featuring natural subjects. The Natural History Museum' 2016 week-to-view diaries feature stunning photographs of the natural world from past years of the competition. The perfect gifts for wildlife enthusiasts, each week has a specially selected photograph accompanied by a caption explaining where and how it was taken. There is a ribbon marker for easy reference and there are details of national and religious holidays. Available in a hardback desk format and handy pocket size.

100 Bushveld Trees (Paperback): Megan Emmett Parker 100 Bushveld Trees (Paperback)
Megan Emmett Parker
R300 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R71 (24%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

This highly visual new guide introduces readers to 100 of the most memorable trees in the bushveld – the northern and eastern regions of South Africa, encompassing both the lowveld and the highveld.

An introduction covers the basics of tree anatomy, supported by a pictorial glossary, and details the author’s streamlined ID method that enables even novices to make quick and sure identifi cations.

• Most trees are generously featured across double-page spreads;

• Full tree images along with diagnostic photos (bark, leaves, thorns, fl owers, pods, fruit, etc.) enable readers to distinguish even those trees that are most confusing, such as the ‘acacias’ or the bushwillows;

• Concise text highlights each tree’s key features;

• Interesting facts, multiple uses and particular value the trees have among local populations are given.

With its abundant, detailed photographs and straightforward text, this guide will help readers unlock the complicated world of trees.

Life on Earth (Paperback): David Attenborough Life on Earth (Paperback)
David Attenborough 1
R257 R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Save R79 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Updated edition of David Attenborough's groundbreaking Life on Earth. David Attenborough's unforgettable meeting with gorillas became an iconic moment for millions of television viewers. Life on Earth, the series and accompanying book, fundamentally changed the way we view and interact with the natural world setting a new benchmark of quality, influencing a generation of nature lovers. Told through an examination of animal and plant life, this is an astonishing celebration of the evolution of life on earth, with a cast of characters drawn from the whole range of organisms that have ever lived on this planet. Attenborough's perceptive, dynamic approach to the evolution of millions of species of living organisms takes the reader on an unforgettable journey of discovery from the very first spark of life to the blue and green wonder we know today. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the book's first publication, David Attenborough revisited Life on Earth, completely updating and adding to the original text, taking account of modern scientific discoveries from around the globe. This paperback edition also includes more than 60 full colour photographs, chosen by the author to help illustrate the book in a much greater way than was possible forty years ago. This updated edition provides a fitting tribute to an enduring wildlife classic, destined to enthral the generation who saw it when first published and bring it alive for a whole new generation.

The Horse - A natural history (Hardcover): Debbie Busby, Catrin Rutland The Horse - A natural history (Hardcover)
Debbie Busby, Catrin Rutland
R529 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R211 (40%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Horse: A Natural History looks not only at the horse in the human context, but also at its own story, and at the way horses live and have lived both alongside people and independently. An initial chapter on Evolution & Development takes the reader from the tiny prehistoric Eohippus to modern-day Equus. Subsequent chapters on Anatomy & Biology and Society & Behavior offer a succinct explanation of equine anatomy, and outline the current thinking on horse behavior, incorporating information taken from the most recent research. Chapter 4, Horses & People, studies the part the horse has played in human history. Finally, a visually stunning gallery of breeds offers wonderful photographs alongside individual breed profiles. This is an essential addition to every horse enthusiasts library.

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