A Guide to the Deer of the World
'this tour de force is an authoritative, attractive, accessible and comprehensive guide...this is a must-have book for every serious deer enthusiast.' - British Deer Society Journal
'Packed with information, key aspects of each deer species' biology are laid out in a clear and accessible format, and even the rarest species are beautifully illustrated.' - Evolve, Natural History Museum
A Guide to the Deer of the World is a long-overdue review of deer as we understand them today and includes several species which have only recently become known to science. Writing for a wide readership in a straightforward and easily accessible style, Charles Smith-Jones has produced an authoritative and attractive reference work with a strong conservation focus.
Lavishly illustrated throughout in colour, the guide looks at deer evolution, biology and lifestyles in general before covering each of the fifty-five true deer, seven musk deer and ten chevrotain species as well as their subspecies in more detail with photographs, general information and distribution maps. In addition, there are fact boxes which include descriptions of individual recognition features, habitats, behaviour, breeding and conservation issues for each member of this widely diverse and fascinating group of animals. Forming an iconic and important part of almost all the world’s ecosystems, many of the species featured are elusive and only very rarely photographed or observed. Any areas of taxonomical confusion and ongoing discussion are highlighted in readily understandable terms.
This book will have a valued place in the library or on the coffee table of any nature lover or deer enthusiast.
Reviews for A Guide to the Deer of the World
‘This is a rare feat: both coffee table book and academic reference book, engaging and informative in equal measure.’
‘the value of this book to me means that it may be some time before I have exhausted the joy that comes with finding out another new-to-me fact about this fascinating and under-appreciated taxon.’
The Mammal Society
‘Writing for a wide readership in an accessible style, Smith-Jones has produced an authoritative and attractive reference work with a strong conservation focus.’
‘I tend to pride myself on my knowledge of deer species, but even I will admit that there are a few in these pages that were a surprise! Add to that the stunning pictures sprinkled throughout, and you’ve got an easy read that I found myself flicking through at leisure.’
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation
‘A comprehensive volume covering each of the world’s deer species…It will make a valuable contribution to a natural history library’
Keeping the Balance, NGO