On the bookshelf


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

Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa (Struik Nature)

John Manning

From the eye-catching ground lily (Ammocharis coranica) to charismatic climbers like the black-eyed Susan (Thunbergia alata), South Africa is home to a variety of exquisite flowering plants. Featuring more than 1 100 species, this guide to wild flowers will delight flora fanatics. Botanist John Manning focuses on the showier, more high-profile indigenous species. Each flower is accompanied by a detailed photograph, distribution maps and information about its flowering season. Manning is a leading authority on the iris and hyacinth plant family.

Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib Desert (HPH Publishing)

Philip Stander, Will & Lianne Steenkamp

This magnificent coffee table book is a unique record of an elusive predator in a hostile environment. It uncovers the secret lives of a small population of desert-adapted lions, which only occur in the oldest desert on our planet – the Namib. The desert-adapted lion was a ghost in the wilderness until its rediscovery by scientist Dr Philip Stander in 1997. Stander has been working with these lions for generations and takes the reader into their arid world. The book encompasses over 300 images of the lions and other amazing creatures of the Namib.


Origins (Penguin Random House)

Lewis Dartnell

Dartnell attempts to examine how planet Earth made us… He claims the human story is the result of forces beyond our control – the shifting of tectonic plates, climate change, ocean currents and geological forces. This is a unique take on the world, as many people believe humans shape and alter the environment around them, and not the other way around. Lewis Dartnell is an astrobiology researcher and professor at the University of Westminster, and he makes science look cool. His previous books include the bestselling The Knowledge: How to rebuild our world from scratch.

Scorpions of Southern Africa (Struik Nature)

Jonathan Leeming

As a general rule of thumb, large pincers and a small tail indicate a scorpion is not venomous. A big tail and small pincers signal trouble, as it is probably a Parabuthus scorpion. Scorpions of Southern Africa is the ultimate how-to guide, complete with 12 new scorpion species and updated distributions maps. It describes the scorpion’s anatomy, behaviour, venom and survival strategies. Author Jonathan Leeming is a spider bite and scorpion venom guru and has an affinity for anything with no legs (snakes), six legs (scorpions) or eight legs (spiders). He is the author of nine other books relating to the bites, antivemon and conservation of the weird and wonderful.

The Big Seven (HPH Publishing)

Gerald Hinde & Will Taylor

Most people can name the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), but have you heard of the Big Seven? This line-up includes the wild dog (also known as the painted wolf) and the cheetah. Gerald Hinde and Will Taylor felt that Africa’s most successful predator and the world’s fastest animal should be included. Shot over 15 years in Africa’s big game areas, The Big Seven is a collection of the authors’ best and most exciting work. It captures the playfulness of the wild dog, the speed of the cheetah, the magnificence of the elephant, the regal power of the lion, the agility of the leopard, the attitude of the buffalo, and the vulnerability of the rhino.


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