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Broaden your wildlife knowledge and add to your bush bookshelf collection with the latest conservation and travel books to read.

Makgadikgadi Pans: A traveller’s guide to the salt flats of Botswana (Struik Nature)

Grahame McLeod
R230

These legendary pans are tucked away between the perennial waterways of the Okavango Delta and the
arid Kalahari. The area is some 12 000km2 in size and one of Botswana’s fastest-growing tourist attractions. The book covers geology, wildlife, vegetation, climate, local economy and key destinations. Full colour
maps and photographs support the text. Practical and user-friendly, it also offers advice on where to stay, sights to see, how to get there and contact details.

Remembering Lions (Remembering Wildlife)

Wildlife Photographers United
£45

This is the fourth book in the highly acclaimed Remembering Wildlife series. It features a foreword by Jonathan and Angela Scott, the only couple to have individually won titles for Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Images were donated by more than 70 of the world’s top wildlife photographers. All funds raised from sales go towards conservation. The book is available from rememberingwildlife.com. Get yours now!

Pangolin (Phoenix Design)

Lisa Fanton
From R595

The pangolin is the most poached animal on the planet. Published in conjunction with the African Pangolin Working Group, this coffee table book features images from the world’s top pangolin photographers. The book’s goal is to support pangolin conservation. All pangolins are featured in their natural environment and all funds raised from sales will go towards the protection of this magnificent species. Available in a standard and a deluxe version.

Who Will Roar If I Go? (BQB Publishing)

Paige E Jaeger
$15,39

This is an ideal gift for the younger members of the family. The lion is losing his home; elephants are losing their tusks; Grevy’s zebra is losing his friends, and the tiger is losing his stripes. But everyone can help if they just learn how to get involved. With beautiful watercolour illustrations and rhyming verse throughout, children will love learning each animal’s story while being introduced to the endangered species of the world.

Field Guide to Mushrooms & Other Fungi of South Africa (Struik Nature)

Gary B Goldman and Marieke Gryzenhout
R370

Do you have the urge to forage for mushrooms but no knowledge of what is edible or poisonous? This guide is beautifully illustrated, making it the perfect tool for identification in the field. It features 200 of the most distinctive and conspicuous mushrooms and other fungi in South Africa. Each species is presented with a clear description and full-colour photos. Notes on distribution, ecology, size, edibility, toxicity and other interesting facts complete the entries.

A Guide to the Dragonflies & Damselflies of South Africa (Struik Nature)

Warwick and Michèle Tarboton
R310

The fully revised version of this guide includes all 164 species known to occur in South Africa, Lesotho and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland). It covers behaviour, life cycles, biology and breeding, plus species identification and distribution. Detailed descriptions focus on size, plus descriptions of the male and females of each species, where possible, makes identification easier.

Dance with the Dung Beetles: Their role in our changing world (Wits University Press)

Helen Lunn and Marcus Byrne
R320

Dung beetles have been around for more than 3 000 years – worshipped as gods, painted by artists and even worn as jewellery. More practically, they saved Hawaii from ecological blight, and rescued Australia from plagues of flies. They fertilise soil, cleanse pastures, steer by the stars, and have a unique relationship with the African elephant. This entertaining outline of the development of science from the beetle’s perspective will enchant general readers and entomologists alike.

Field Guide to the Frogs & other Amphibians of Africa (Struik Nature)

Alan Channing & Mark-Oliver Rödel
R400

Did you know that 815 species of amphibian, 23 caecilians and four salamander species have been identified on the African continent? This field guide includes physical features, distribution, habitat, biology, and conservation status, and is supported by colour photographs and up-to-date distribution maps. Still unsure how to handle frogs? The guide will provide a few tips. An invaluable tool for nature lovers, tour guides, students and scientists alike.

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