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No Mercy, A Journey to the Heart of the Congo

No Mercy, A Journey to the Heart of the Congo

by Redmond O'Hanlon

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 462 PAGES

A trek deep into the Congo with Redmond O'Hanlon, the eccentric, courageous, always-entertaining modern adventurer. (CAF01, $15.95)

Among the Great Apes, Adventures on the Trail of Our Closest Relatives

Among the Great Apes, Adventures on the Trail of Our Closest Relatives

by Paul Raffaele

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 370 PAGES

Acclaimed nature journalist Raffaele's epic journey to survey the last remaining great apes living in the wild takes him from the orangutans of Borneo to the central African highlands where he gets up close with mountain gorillas, chimps and bonobos. (SCI306, $15.99)

The Safari Companion

The Safari Companion

by Richard Estes

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 459 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa's mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind. (AFR06, $30.00)

African Wildlife

African Wildlife

by James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PLASTIC CARD

Slip this laminated foldout guide in your pocket for quick reference in the field. (AFR109, $6.95)

Congo, The Bradt Travel Guide

Congo, The Bradt Travel Guide

by Sean Rorison

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Bradt series is noted for publishing travel guides to remote and little-visited destinations, and this is no exception. This is the first full guidebook on both the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, and the Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, in over a decade. (WAF125, $28.99)

Congo Map

Congo Map

by IGN

  • MAP

A map of Brazzaville and the Congo (1:1,000,000.), which also shows portions of surrounding Gabon, Cameroon and ex-Zaire. (WAF04, $17.95)

 

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa


by Jason Stearns

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

Stearns traces the collapse of the Congo and the great war of Africa through the experiences of those who engineered and perpetrated it. (CAF56, $16.99)

King Leopold's Ghost, A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

King Leopold's Ghost, A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa


by Adam Hochschild

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An enthralling narrative of the 19th-century colonization of the Belgian Congo, written by an award-winning journalist. The focus of the book is Belgian King Leopold, who oversaw the colonization. (CAF08, $16.95)

African Silences

African Silences


by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 225 PAGES

In this narrative of Equatorial Africa, Matthiessen recounts several trips to The Gambia, Senegal, Zaire and the Congo Basin in search of rhinos, elephants and other endangered wildlife. (WAF36, $13.00)

Bonobo Handshake

Bonobo Handshake


by Vanessa Woods

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 278 PAGES

Woods documents her work with her now husband Brian Hare at Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary outside Kinshasa in this candid, down-to-earth memoir. Winner of the 2011 Lowell Thomas Award for Best Travel Book. (CAF55, $16.00)

Among African Apes

Among African Apes


by Christophe Boesch | Martha Robbins

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 196 PAGES

Robbins and Boesch tell the compelling stories of wild apes and the researchers who study them, including field research in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, Ivindo National Park in Gabon and the Taï National Park in Côte d'Ivoire. With some photographs. (UGD25, $21.95)

Forests of Central Africa


by Jean Pierre Vende Weghe

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 365 PAGES

A sumptuous pictorial guide to the largest region of tropical forest outside of the Amazon, an area which covers 11 countries and includes the Congo Basin. Featuring beautiful portraits of the bewildering array of flora and fauna, the book examines the ecology, climate and natural history of the forests as well as conservation efforts to save them. (CAF57, $82.00)

Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the Mist


by Dian Fossey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 326 PAGES

Fossey's highly personal, detailed account of the ecology and behavior of the mountain gorilla of Virunga based on her 13 years among "the greatest of the great apes." (UGD05, $15.95)

Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science, and Survival in the Congo

Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science, and Survival in the Congo


by Kate Jackson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

In this action-packed memoir of life in the field, Jackson writes with matter-of-fact good humor of her adventures in search of reptiles and amphibians (naturally, many are venomous) in the forested swampland of the northern Congo. (CAF40, $19.50)

Planet Ape

Planet Ape


by Desmond Morris

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

Morris covers the ecology, evolution and diversity of primates in this popular, beautifully illustrated guide. (BST141, $49.95)

The Primate Family Tree

The Primate Family Tree


by Ian Redmond

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A generously illustrated overview of the ecology and evolution, natural history and behavior of the primates. (BST123, $24.95)

The Year of the Gorilla

The Year of the Gorilla


by George Schaller

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

A vivid tale of adventures among the gorillas of the Virunga volcanoes of Zaire, Rwanda and Uganda -- a wonderful account of field work under trying circumstances by a great wildlife biologist. (UGD03, $29.00)

Birds of Western and Central Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklist

Birds of Western and Central Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklist


by Ber Van Perlo

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An admirably compact, comprehensive guide to 1,500 species throughout Western and Central Africa featuring 109 color plates. (WAF02, $30.95)

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals


by Jonathan Kingdon

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon's gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. Includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps. (EAF128, $25.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife

National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife


by Bunny McBride | Duane Schlitter | Richard Estes | Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 988 PAGES

This comprehensive photo guide covers 850 birds, mammals and reptiles of Africa. With range maps and a good country-by-country overview of habitats and parks. (AFR25, $24.95)

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