Working for birds in Africa

Ecological Journal Vol. 4

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Duncan Butchard and Chris Roche (eds.). 2002. Benmore, South Africa: Conservation Corporation Africa. 288 pp, numerous colour and black-and-white photographs, line drawings, and maps. Paperback. ISBN 0-620-29384-5. SA Rand 165.
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With this annual 'in-house' publication Conservation Corporation Africa aims to provide an opportunity for rangers and trackers from safari lodges in East and southern Africa to have their observations of interesting animal behaviour published in an accessible format. Although a lot of material in this issue concerns Leopards Panthera pardus, Lions P. leo, African Elephants Loxodonta africana and other large mammals, observations of smaller animals (for example insects and amphibians) and birds are also included. All articles and short notes are arranged in a lodge-by-lodge sequence, with material from 15 lodges in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. An 'annual environmental review' features at the beginning of each section, followed by short notes and a summary of the most interesting animal and bird observations of 2001 for each site. Among the short articles on birds are 'Owls at Klein's Camp, Serengeti', 'Birds in Maasai ritual', 'Bird monitoring at Phinda, Maputaland', 'Status of regionally threatened birds at Nxabega, Okavango Delta' and 'Bird of prey nest survey at Matetsi, Zambezi River, Zimbabwe'. Contributions have been collated and edited by naturalist and author Duncan Butchard and former ranger Chris Roche, who have produced a highly readable and liberally illustrated publication aimed at a broad spectrum of readers. The book is for sale at CC Africa lodge gift shops and from the company's wildlife website (

Ron Demey

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