This text examines the flora and fauna of the African continent by viewing it as a complex mosaic of landlocked islands; islands which vary from isolated forests in oceans of grassland to lakes in seas of land. Each of these islands represents a snapshot of millions of years of evolution. The author highlights representative species, and as the reader is led around continental Africa, a pattern emerges which provides a deeper understanding of the complexity of the biology of Africa. The author was born in Tanzania and now teachers at Oxford University. He has also published a 7-volume work called "East African Mammals".
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"Increasingly African conservation has become a question of saving species-rich areas that tend to be fairly discrete regions, which differ from each other and from their less-favored surroundings. Jonathan Kingdon's book is a wealth of information on the whereabouts and resident species of these African `islands,' and a passionate call to preserve them. In a sense, this is an action plan for the biodiversity of a whole continent. The explicit accounts of human impact, and points of influence, in the final chapters mean that any reader can join in the action. . . . Kingdon's paintings are instant classics, already collectors' items."--Alison Jolly, Princeton University
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Book Description Collins, U.S.A., 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Winner 1990 Sir Peter Kent Conservation Book Prize. A rare and extraordinary view of the natural world, a dynamic vision that few others offer. Stunning full colour illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # 007249
Book Description Collins, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110002194430
Book Description Collins, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002194430