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Island Africa: The Evolution of Africa's Rare Animals and Plants
The vastness of Africa and the variety of animals it contains overwhelm any visitor with colors and patterns. Contrary to superficial appearances, however, this monolithic continent is a complex mosaic of landlocked islands--islands which vary from isolated forests in oceans of grassland to lakes in seas of land. The flora and fauna of each of these islands represent a sna ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published July 1st 1992 by Princeton University Press
(first published February 1st 1990)
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I didn't intend to read this book at all. I was really after the fantastic illustrations of forms of life I never knew existed, far outside your standard zoo fare. However, the writing itself is not too shabby. It's a slightly outdated read in the fast-paced world of conservation, but not by much. Kingdon is smart and intuitive about the business of conserving biological diversity, and his final point is that people should talk to each other--businessmen, ecologists, World Bank board members, lo ...more