The divide between Europe and Africa is only a few short miles and the two continents support an extraordinary array of animal life across huge distances. Narwhals live in the northern seas of the Arctic Ocean, chamois bound up the steep rocky slopes of the mountainous areas of Europe, great crested newts inhabit the ponds of Britain and central Europe, spitting cobras hide inside termite hills in eastern Africa, indris jump between tree trunks in the tropical rainforests of Madagascar, and bat-eared foxes live in the open country of southern and eastern Africa.
This book is a comprehensive visual guide to over 575 major species from the Arctic Circle through to Britain, mainland Europe, the full length and breadth of Africa, and Madagascar. Animals are grouped for easy reference according to their related types: salamanders, frogs and toads, turtles and tortoises, lizards, crocodiles, snakes, cats, hyenas, civets and genets, dogs, small carnivores, mongooses, rodents, rabbits, bats, insectivores, apes, monkeys, lemurs, elephants, hoofed animals, seals, dolphins, whales and sirenians. From familiar animals, such as reindeer, hippopotamuses and great apes, through to less familiar animals, such as Malagasy leaf-nosed snakes, fossas and aye ayes, all the animals are accompanied by a lively description of their physical characteristics and behaviour. Easy-to-read information panels detail distribution, habitat, food sources, size, life span and conservation status, and additional information about the less common species is presented in at-a-glance panels throughout the book.
This groundbreaking book is beautifully illustrated with over 380 specially commissioned detailing colour illustrations, over 120 amazing colour photographs and hundreds of distribution maps. It is a must-have family reference for everyone who is enthralled by the incredible world of animals and who wants to understand more about them.
Tom Jackson is an experienced author of natural history and science books. Since graduating with a degree in zoology from Bristol University, he has worked at Jersey Zoo and has been involved in the conservation of endangered wildlife in Zimbabwe. As a travel journalist, he has explored the wondrous Galapagos Islands and the Amazonian rainforests.
Michael Chinery studied botany, zoology, geology and anthropology at Cambridge University, England. He has worked as an editor on a science magazine for young people, and on a number of British wildlife magazines. As a freelance editor and writer, he has contributed numerous articles to natural history magazines, written and edited definitive field guides, and has acted as a consultant for the Lorenz Books Nature Watch series.