Posted by: atowhee | June 22, 2016

DON’T BE COWED BY BIG MAMMALS, THIS BOOK COULD BE DEER TO YOU

Princeton Press has just published a heavy-duty guide to all the world’s known Bovids: deer, antelope (but not our unrelated Pronghorn), sheep, wild cattle, goats.  That’s a total of 279 species.  The book is paperback and would fit in your suitcase for trip to East or South Africa where you’re sure to need it.  My wife and I visited Uganda n a birding trip a few years back: seven antelope species happened to cross our path.  Besides good illustrations of each species and range maps, there are comparison pages: BOVIDS HORNS BOVIDS SIZE The books sells for $35 US and has nearly 2000 illustrations, both drawing and photographs.  Each individual species is shown next to a human outline for some sense of its comparative size.  They range from the lithe, tiny dik-dik up to elands and banteng (cattle of southeast Asia).

Right near the front,and the first species listed, is my favorite member of this tribe, the common impala.  Seeing them almost float through thickets and over logs or boulders is a thrill not to be forgotten.  Go see ’em and take this book with you.

Bovids of the World:
Antelopes, Gazelles, Cattle, Goats, Sheep, and Relatives
By. 
José R. Castelló
Foreword by Brent Huffman & Colin Groves.  Princeton Press. 2016.  664 pages.

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