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National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife
by Peter Alden, Richard D. Estes (Contributor), Duane Schlitter (Contributor), Bunny McBride

Hardcover - 988 pages (October 1995) Knopf; ISBN: 0679432345 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.44 x 7.68 x 4.11 

The first and only field guide to offer comprehensive coverage of the African continent, this guide sends the reader on a virtual safari. 

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All the birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects are brought to life, and the parks and reserves for which the continent is famous are described in thorough detail. This guide is packed with 577 stunning colour photographs of African habitats and animals, and provides a wealth of information on more than 850 species compiled by veteran safari leaders and experts in African wildlife. 
The African Cats
by Geoffrey C. Saign 

Reading level: Ages 9-12 
 School & Library Binding - 64 pages (March 1999) 
Franklin Watts, Incorporated; ISBN: 0531203654 
Dimensions (in inches): 0.39 x 9.19 x 7.46 

In the same First Books: Animals series as Saign's The Great Apes (1998), this combines dramatic wildlife colour photographs with a lively, informative text. 
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After a general introduction that
includes facts about evolution (with a double-page family tree), Saign looks in turn at each of 10
African cats, from the lion, leopard, and cheetah to the tiny sand cat. In each case, he discusses basic issues, such as where they live and how they hunt, mate, and care for their young. 
A final section focuses on conservation and includes a chart on the estimated population of each cat.
With a glossary and a resource guide for books, CD-ROMS, and organizations, this attractively designed book will attract middle-graders for classroom research and for personal interest.
The Man-Eaters of Tsavo (Peter Capstick Library Series)
by John Henry Patterson

Hardcover - 346 pages 4 edition (January 1986) 
St Martins Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0312510101 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.19 x 8.51 x 5.82

In 1898 John H. Patterson arrived in East Africa with a mission to build a railway bridge over the Tsavo River. What started out as a simple engineering problem, however, soon took on almost  mythical proportions 

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as Patterson and his mostly Indian workforce were systematically hunted by two man-eating lions over the course of several weeks. During that time, 100 workers were killed, and the entire bridge-building project ground to a halt. As if the lions weren't enough, Patterson had to guard his back against his own increasingly hostile and 
mutinous workers as he set out to track and kill the man-eaters. This larger-than-life tale forms the basis of the entertaining film The Ghost and the Darkness, but for readers who want to know the whole--and true--story, The Man-Eaters of Tsavo comes straight from the great white-hunter's mouth.
The Kingdom Field Guide to African Mammals
by Jonathan Kingdon

Paperback - 450 pages (March 1997) 
Academic Pr; ISBN: 0124083552 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.99 x 8.50 x 5.50 

The most complete African mammal guide available, The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals, features identification, classification, and species 

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information for all known African mammals, including many newly-discovered species and sub species. Written by one of the foremost authorities on African mammals, this concise guide provides full information on identification, distribution, ecology, and conservation status on more than 1,100 species. 480 colour illus., 280 maps.
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African Elephants : Giants of the Land
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Oria Douglas-Hamilton (Illustrator) 

Reading level: Ages 9-12 
School & Library Binding - 40 pages (October 1991) 
Holiday House; ISBN: 0823409112 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.37 x 9.56 x 8.83 

A close look at the life and habitat of these ancient, seriously endangered animals. Patent describes  the two kinds of African elephants (savanna and forest), then reports on recent efforts to save elephants endangered by poaching and habitat destruction. An easy-to-read, informative book is full of color photographs and describes the two different types of African elephants, their family units, their feeding and mating practices, and how ivory poachers are decimating the population despite bans on ivory trade.
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African Elephants 
by Reinhard Kunkel (Photographer) 

Hardcover - 224 pages Revised edition (April 1999) 
Harry N Abrams; ISBN: 0810919842 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.16 x 13.33 x 10.05 

Elephants, writes German wildlife photographer Reinhard Künkel, are strange creatures. "Despite their size," he writes, "elephants by no means claim undisputed precedence in all their dealings with other animals. The privileges they might derive from their awesomeness and strength they are often too gentle and peaceable to claim." Yet an elephant that makes room for an annoyingly chiding pair of crested cranes one minute will defend its territory against a curious human the next, and, as Künkel relates, some of the images in this fine suite of photographs were the result of hair-raising negotiations with elephants on their native turf. Few wildlife photographers have worked in such close proximity with their subjects, as he notes in some of the wry autobiographical vignettes that open his book, and Künkel's 120-plus color plates capture elephants in all aspects of their daily lives: eating, bathing, traveling, playing, fighting, and, well, making other elephants. Künkel has spent many years among elephants throughout East Africa, and his familiarity with their ways affords his readers an exceptionally fine experience in armchair nature travel.
When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals
Susan McCarthy(Contributor), Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Paperback (June 1996) 
Delta; ISBN: 0385314280 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.73 x 8.03 x 5.28

This national bestseller exploring the complex emotional lives of animals was hailed as "a masterpiece" by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and as "marvellous" by Jane Goodall.
The popularity of When Elephants Weep has swept the nation, as author Jeffrey Masson appeared on Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, and was profiled in People for his ground-breaking and fascinating study. Not since Darwin's The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals has a book so thoroughly and effectively explored the full range of emotions that exist throughout the animal kingdom.

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From dancing squirrels to bashful gorillas to spiteful killer whales, Masson and coauthor Susan McCarthy bring forth fascinating anecdotes and illuminating insights that offer powerful proof of the existence of animal emotion. Chapters on love, joy, anger, fear, shame, compassion, and loneliness are framed by a provocative
re-evaluation of how we treat animals, from hunting and eating them to scientific experimentation.Forming a complete and compelling picture of the inner lives of animals, When Elephants Weep assures that we will never look at animals in the same way again.
No Mercy : A Journey to the Heart of the Congo 
by Redmond O'Hanlon

Paperback - 462 pages (July 1998) 
Vintage Books; ISBN: 0679737324 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.04 x 8.06 x 5.30 

Ebola and cobras, malaria and leopards are a handful of the hazards that await the travellers as they strike out into the jungles of the Congo. 

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But physical danger is not what concerns O'Hanlon. It is the frontier of the mind that interests him--the fuzzy border between his own Western perspective and the Africans' point of view. Cut off from his own culture and its insistence on scientific empiricism, O'Hanlon sees ghosts, thinks magically.
In the end, No Mercy is really two travel books: one an account of a hair-raising trek across the Congo, the other an expedition into the surprising wilds of Redmond O'Hanlon's mind. --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title.
The Traveller's Guide to the Galapagos Islands 
by Barry Boyce

Paperback - 300 pages 3rd edition (October 15, 1998)
Hunter Pub; ISBN: 1556508506 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.86 x 8.01 x 5.08 

A Traveller's Guide To The Galapagos Islands presents the essentials of a "hot-to" travel adventure to the Land of Darwin. From the basics of which airlines to choose to a detailed analysis of the Tour Operator network, Barry Boyce describes the rules and tells the reader how to play the Galapagos adventure travel game. Entire chapters are devoted to such topics as choosing a tour, what to pack (and not to pack), photographic equipment (including under-water photography), Galapagos history, wildlife (with an orientation towards photo opportunities), and a detailed tour of the islands. Over 100 Tour Operators offering Galapagos programs are categorized by the type of service and tours they provide with descriptions, analyses,and price structures of all the yachts and cruise ships on which the traveller will sail the waters of the Galapagos archipelago. The readers are also put into direct contact (via FAX) with the Galapagos Tour and Boat Operators. A Traveller's Guide To The Galapagos Islands is the ideal handbook for anyone thinking of going to the Galapagos. It's also a very fun read for the armchair traveller as well!
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Galapagos; Islands Born of Fire
by Tui De Roy 

Hardcover - 160 pages (October 1998) 
Warwick Publishing; ISBN: 1894020391 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.77 x 9.53 x 12.28 

In words and pictures, Tui De Roy, a magazine writer and one of the world's leading wildlife photographers, introduces readers to the islands that were her home for 35 years. Brought to the Galapagos at age two by her Belgian parents, De Roy grew up amongst the giant tortoises, the iguanas, the sea lions and birds that are unique to the islands. These were the creatures that Charles Darwin spent five weeks observing and collecting in 1835 and that formed the basis of his theory of evolution. The book is elegantly structured: each chapter emphasizes one distinct aspect of the Galapagos in the hope that by "displaying visually the essence of its splendid wildness," the volume can serve as an inspiration to ensure the survival of the islands' threatened animals.
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Spectacular Galapagos : Exploring an Extraordinary World 
by Tui De Roy

Hardcover - 136 pages (October 1999) 
Hugh Lauter Levin Associates; ISBN: 0883638479
Dimensions (in inches): 0.94 x 10.62 x 11.20

Over millions of years the story of the Galapagos has been one of birth, death, and rebirth, as volcanoes rise above the "hot spot" only to crumble back into the sea and be replaced by new ones. This cycle has given way to a "magic web" where antediluvian dragons sleep alongside gull chicks and, in the sun-baked interiors, gigantic cacti become the only source of moisture for birds and animals. These islands inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution when he explored them aboard the HMS Beagle in 1835. 
A pairing of spectacular photographs and insightful text by the award-winning author explores this unique island setting, a collection of animals and an environment unparalleled anywhere on earth.
Antarctic Oasis : Under the Spell of South Georgia 
by Tim Carr, Pauline Carr

Hardcover - 256 pages (May 1998) 
W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393046052 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.09 x 11.26 x 10.16 


Book  filled with stunning photographs of haunting
beauty showing the island and its unique fauna- only someone who actually lived there and loved it could create this gorgeous book. If you enjoy the Antarctic or sub-Antarctic islands, this is the book for you. Click here to order!
Lonely Planet Antarctica : A Survival Kit (2nd Ed) 
by Jeff Rubin

Lonely Planet; ISBN: 0864427727 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.82 x 7.27 x 5.09 

Just looking at the hauntingly sculpted blues, vast horizon-touching Shelves, and towering behemoths of Antarctica's ice formations makes the traveller know why she wants to go there and why she needs a good guidebook. Lonely Planet has once again done its 

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homework. In addition to a thorough and succinct history section, useful overviews of Antarctic tour companies, information about how to plan your trip, detailed maps, and interesting facts about the places you'll visit, this book includes a 32-page colour wildlife guide that introduces you to Chinstrap penguins, elephant seals, and eight types of whales.
The Endurance : Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition 
by Caroline Alexander, Frank Hurley (Photographer)

Hardcover - 160 pages (November 1998) 
Knopf; ISBN: 0375404031 ;
Dimensions (in inches): 0.91 x 9.51 x 8.36 

Melding superb research and the extraordinary expedition photography of Frank Hurley, Endurance by Caroline Alexander is a stunning work of history, adventure, and art that chronicles "one of the greatest epics of survival in the annals of exploration." 

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Setting sail as World War I broke out in Europe, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by renowned polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, hoped to become the first to cross the Antarctic continent. But their ship, Endurance,was trapped
 in the drifting pack ice, eventually splintering and leaving the expedition stranded on floes---a situation that seemed "not merely desperate but impossible."
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