Journal of Mammalian Evolution

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 141–142 | Cite as

African Cats: Natural History and Conservation

Cats of Africa: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation. Text by Luke Hunter, Photography by Gerald Hinde. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. 2006. 176 pp., $39.95 (cloth). ISBN 0-8018-8482-9.
  • Alan Turner
Book Review

Across the developed world, and certainly in the UK, programmes on the natural history of Africa seem to appear somewhere in the television schedules on most evenings. As a result, it is likely that kills made by leopards and lion prides, and high speed chases by cheetahs, are more familiar to say Europeans than to most Africans. But where does one go for more information on these animals? The shelves of bookshops do reflect the televisual interest, but of course many publications are specialist treatments and those that are not offer either a much broader view of the fauna as whole or concentrate, understandably, on the pictorial side of things. The book by Hunter and Hinde sets out to provide both detailed information and frankly exquisite pictures, and gives the reader precisely what the title and subtitle say – Cats of Africa: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation – in a manner accessible to all.

As the authors point out in the Introduction, Africa is currently home to 10 cat...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biological and Earth SciencesLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUnited Kingdom

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