A complete guide to the mammals of South Asia, lavishly illustrated with colour plates and photos. The species accounts cover all aspects of field identification, including in-depth sections on distribution, behaviour, status and population. Anyone interested in the wildlife of the subcontinent will find this book an invaluable aid to identifying and understanding the region''s diverse mammalian fauna.
Volume 1 covers insectivores, bats, primates, canids and felids, while Volume 2 focuses on marine mammals, elephant, rhinoceros, bovids, cervids, and rodents.
Over 75 authors have contributed on areas of specialised research. Many of the species, like the Arunachal macaque, are covered in such detail for the first time in a popular publication.
AJT Johnsingh grew up close to the forests of the Western Ghats, and spent a lot of his youth in these forests. Following his pioneering doctoral work on Asiatic wild dogs in Bandipur National Park, he went on to become one of the leading wildlife biologists in India. After over two decades of teaching post-graduate students and forest officers, he retired from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. He now assists the Worldwide Fund for Nature–India and the Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore. He has many scientific publications to his credit, and has written innumerable articles in books, newspapers and magazines. His experiences in the wild have been put together in two books, On Jim Corbett’s Trail and Other Tales from Tree-Tops and Field Days: A Naturalist’s Journey Through South and Southeast Asia.
Nima Manjrekar is a wildlife biologist, trained at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. She spent several years in the Himalaya, studying first black bears and then ibex. She has co-authored two children’s books on wildlife habitats, Walk the Rainforest with Niwupah and Walk the Grasslands with Takuri. She has also written guides to wildlife areas in Karnataka for the Karnataka Forest Department. She is now involved in wildlife film-making, and was part of the team that made the award-winning documentaries on wild dogs by Krupakar Senani Features, Wild Dog Diaries for National Geographic Channels International and The Pack for Discovery Communications / Animal Planet.