The Mammals of Southern Africa and their Tracks and Signs

Tracking is a much-loved, yet difficult, subject that attracts the attention of almost every bush-goer who ventures into the wild terrain of southern Africa.

The ability to accurately read difficult, partial or little-seen signs left in the soil or sand is rare and largely the domain of professionals but Mammal of southern Africa and their Tracks and Signs is a guide for both beginner and expert alike. It combines Louis Liebenberg’s accurate sketches with Lee Gutteridge’s diverse range of colour photographs, illustrating the spoor in different types of terrain. These images explain the difficult truth of the matter, and represent what you are most likely to see in the many different substrates where the animals walk.

Additionally the book features a key to the padded foot tracks of the region, assisting with the track identification of our different predators and pad-footed herbivores. This is a brand new concept that has never been done before. Other signs such as scat, claw marks, pastings, wallows, rubs and rolls are also included in the photographs, giving an all-round impression of the signs that animals may leave behind. This field guide also serves as an ID guide to the mammals of southern Africa as full colour photographs of each animal are included.

About the Authors

Lee Gutteridge is an experienced, enthusiastic and well-known nature guide and trainer. With 20 years of experience in the bush, he has come to realise that guiding is not just about knowledge, but more importantly about how we share it with our guests from around the world. He personally trains for many well-known and highly experienced guide and tracker teams at some of the southern and central African region’s top lodges, with programmes focusing on a wide range of subjects including track identification skills.

Louis Liebenberg is a world authority on animal-spoor identification. He used this ancient knowledge to design the modern, handheld CyberTracker field computer – a unique computerised tracking system in the form of a hand-held PalmPilot computer – which enables researchers, managers and conservation officers to record and store their field data at the touch of a button. He has won international acclaim through his ground-breaking studies and research into the art of tracking and in 1998 he was awarded the Rolex Laureate Award for his development of the CyberTracker.


Parameters of Book:
Author: Lee Gutteridge and Louis Liebenberg
ISBN: 9781431408061
d-PDF ISBN:  9781431408078
Size (mm): 210x140mm
Pages: 288pp
Format: Trade Paperback
Colour: Full Colour
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: September 2013