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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 April 11th 1990 by Princeton University Press
(first published February 1st 1990)
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Sep 26, 2012 Adam rated it liked it
This book is an incredibly ambitious piece of work. It's bafflingly synoptic in scope for a single author, covering a huge and diverse continent in an inclusive (though still far from comprehensive, of course) taxonomic scope from large mammals to plants to beetles. And it has tons of illustrations in dozens of styles, maps on practically every page showing historical climate and geology conditions or range maps for dozens of isolated species, usually matched up to illustrations of each. It's am ...more
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 It's a slightly outdated read in the fast-paced world of conservation, but not by much.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