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African predators
Mills, M. G. L.
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, [2001]

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160 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 30 cm
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Includes index.
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QL737.C2 M684 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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From the sleek cheetah and the majestic lion to the oft-maligned hyena and opportunistic jackal, large carnivores reign supreme in the African wild. In African Predators , award-winning photographer Martin Harvey's dramatic images complement biologist Gus Mills's extensive field research to bring fourteen species of African carnivores to life. This group contains members of the families of cats ( Felidae ), hyenas ( Hyaenidae ), and dogs ( Canidae ), each with distinguishing as well as common characteristics.

Mills describes the origins and evolution of these mighty predators, examines their social structures and hunting behaviors, discusses their competition with each other for shrinking territory and resources, and presents the conservation status and outlook for each. Harvey's engaging full-color photographs bring the everyday existence of these majestic animals vividly to life.

Author Notes

Gus Mills is a specialist scientist with South African National Parks, the head of the Carnivore Conservation Group of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Extraordinary Professor of Zoology at Pretoria University. He is based in the Kruger National Park. He has spent more than 25 years studying the ecology and behavior of large carnivores, and has written a scientific book on his research on hyenas in the Kalahari as well as a popular book on the Kalahari ecosystem
Martin harvey worked for National Parks, Zimbabwe, and the Natal Parks Board in South Africa before taking up a professional career as a photographer in 1993. He has photographed in 23 countries around the world, and his photographs have been published in most of the major wildlife magazines and in numerous environmental books. He is the winner of numerous photographic awards in both the BBC Wildlife Competition and the Agfa Wildlife and Environment Awards

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Booklist Review

The photograph on the endpapers says what the book is about: predators, in this case cheetahs, watching their prey, wildebeest, flee in a cloud of dust. Africa is home to more large predators than any other continent--14 species with average weight more than 20 pounds. There are the famous, such as lions, leopards, and hyenas, and the not so famous, such as servals, caracals, and Ethiopian wolves. It is the coverage of these lesser-known carnivores that recommends this book for purchase, as it can be difficult to find pictures and good general information about these animals. Mills, a carnivore specialist based in South Africa, provides solid information in his somewhat terse text. An introductory chapter introduces the species, while chapters on hunting techniques and social life-reproduction compare and contrast the lifestyles of each predator. An extremely interesting chapter examines the competition between the various carnivores. Harvey's absolutely splendid photographs adorn every page, making the book even more invaluable and further recommending it for all libraries. --Nancy Bent

Table of Contents

Introduction: cats, hyaenas and dogsp. 10
Killing and not Being Killed: an evolutionary contestp. 40
The Social Life of Hunters: passing on the genesp. 86
Competition Between Species: the struggle for supremacyp. 128
Conservation: the search for solutionsp. 142
Mapp. 158
Glossaryp. 159
Indexp. 160