Which Field Guide to Bring - Tanzania and Kenya

Old Oct 2nd, 2007, 11:38 AM
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Which Field Guide to Bring - Tanzania and Kenya

I am leaving and forgot to buy a field guide for animals. Which one does everyone recommend? I need something small with pictures. I read on this board that Wildlife of East Africa Martin Withers & David Hosking is good. Which does everyone recommend?
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Old Oct 2nd, 2007, 03:59 PM
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I have Lonely Planet's Watching Wildlife in East Africa - it's fabulous.

I also have National Audobon's Field Guide to Africa Wildlife but I wasn't crazy on the format of that one, so I didn't bring it.

The Lonely Planet one has lots of park info in theirs as well as just 'who's who' in the animal world.
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We also have the Lonely Planet's Watching Wildlife in East Africa. Excellent guide that I would recommend.
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The Lonely Planet Guide runs about $40 and I can find it on line but not in person. I have Withers and Hosking - very compact; mammals section MUCH smaller than bird section; some reptiles.Can someone tell us how Lonely Planet compares, how it's organized, its size, and type size?
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I took a guide to wildlife that included mammals, birds, a few reptiles. I found that identifying mammals wasn't that difficult -- all the guides point them out. I wished I had taken a book on birds only. If you've any interest in birds, think about this.
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