Browsing Category Ecology, Conservation, Plant & Animal Studies

Beinart (W.) & Brown (K.) AFRICAN LOCAL KNOWLEDGE & LIVESTOCK HEALTH, diseases and treatment in South Africa
304 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R290
Published in the UK and USA in 2013.

For their comparative study of African veterinary knowledge William Beinart and Karen Brown interviewed individual livestock owners in a number of South African regions: Mbotyi, QwaQwa, North West Province, the Eastern Cape and Mpondoland. They also consider the history of livestock diseases, and make recommendations for policy and practice.

"A path-breaking view of South African animal disease and remedies where African owners are concerned. Focusing on local veterinary knowledge and therapeutics by African owners in such depth through 200 interviews in five areas opens up an original field of knowledge and practice." Anne Digby, Oxford Brookes University

"By incorporating cultural, scientific, national and political perspectives, the authors provide background to the implementation of relevant policies and reveal the stark resource and knowledge divide between rural and commercial sectors." Arthur Spickett, Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Pretoria

William Beinart is Rhodes Professor of Race Relations at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford.
Karen Brown is an ESRC Research Fellow at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine. University of Oxford
Botha (L.) photo. & text N/A'AN KU SÊ, conservation through innovation/ bewaring deur innovasie
159pp., oblong 4to., colour illus., hardback, d.w., (Windhoek), 2019. R690
A collection of photographs taken by Louis Botha on a visit to N/a'an ku sé Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary outside Windhoek, created by Marlice and Rudie van Vuuren in 2007. All profits from the lodge are invested in charitable projects which support the local San, with community activities led by the local San. They also run a Volunteer Programme offered on the N/a'an ku sé Wildlife Sanctuary.

Text in both English and Afrikaans.

Branch (M.) text & illus. EXPLORING THE SEASHORE, in southern Africa
64pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, Third Edition, Cape Town, (1987) 2018. R130
A guide to the shore life found along southern Africa's coastline. Suitable for younger readers.

Marine scientist Margo Branch is the author and illustrator of Exploring Fynbos. She is co-author with her husband George Branch of Two Oceans - a guide to the marine life of southern Africa and Living Shores - interacting with southern Africa's marine ecosystems.
Brown (D.) ARE TROUT SOUTH AFRICAN?, stories of fish, people and places
219 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. OUT OF PRINT
"In asking whether a fish species that was introduced as part of the process of colonial occupation could be called 'South African', this book uses discussions on trout, their history, the literature about them, scientific work on what is considered 'indigenous' or 'alien', as well as the author's moving personal stories of fishing to provide an engaging and accessible exploration of a contested physical and cultural terrain." from the back cover

"What a book! I long to flyfish after reading the beautifully rendered memories; I marvel at the profound value of metaphor in the arguments; and I've learnt a lot about trout." Antjie Krog

"A brilliantly written and totally compelling read that is destined to become a classic of South African angling literature." Tom Sutcliffe

Duncan Brown is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of English at the University of the Western Cape. He is also the author of "Voicing the Text: South African oral poetry and performance", "Oral Literature and Performance in Southern Africa", "To Speak of this Land: identity and belonging in South Africa and beyond" and "Religion and Spirituality in South Africa: new perspectives".
Brown (D.) WILDER LIVES, humans and our environments
216pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2019. R285
"Duncan Brown uses ideas of 'wildness' and 'rewilding' to rethink human relationships with our environment" from the back cover

"Duncan Brown - seriously, irreverently - explores our 'wildnesses' in interactions of nature's biology and human responsiveness. Not a politically correct tract, Wilder Lives asks, more challengingly, how - without denying our wildness - do we live creatively, responsibly, lightly, on the Earth, our only home? A timely book for our times." Professor Michael Chapman, author of Green in Black and White Times

"This is a book in its right time. Duncan Brown is creating a new language for what it means to be an environmentally integrated human being. The greatest of human discoveries in the future will be that at some level we are, and always have been, 'wild'." Don Pinnock, author of Wild as It Gets

Duncan Brown is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of English at the University of the Western Cape.
64pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R130
An introduction to the discovery of the coelacanth in 1939. Suitable for younger readers.

Mike Bruton studied ichthyology under JLB and Margaret Smith and took over from Margaret as Director of the JLB Smith Institute of Ichtyology. He is the author of The Annotated Four legs, the updated story of the coelacanth and The Fishy Smiths, a biography of JLB and Margaret Smith.
Bruton (M.) THE ANNOTATED OLD FOURLEGS, the updated story of the coelacanth
336pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R350
Foreword by William Smith.

Facsimile reprint of JLB Smith's book, "Old Fourlegs - the story of the Coelacanth" (1956), with notes and images in the margins, an introductory chapter and concluding chapters that discuss coelacanth discoveries, coelacanth biology, coelacanth conservation and the significance of the coelacanth in science, culture and art.

Mike Bruton studied ichthyology under JLB and Margaret Smith and took over from Margaret as Director of the JLB Smith Institute of Ichtyology. Now retired, he runs a consultancy company, "Mike Bruton Imagineering".
Bűscher (B.) TRANSFORMING THE FRONTIER, peace parks and the politics of neoliberal conservation in southern Africa
290 pp., map, illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R345
First published in the USA.

Using research with the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Project, Bram Bűscher demonstrates how transnational conservation projects reflect the neoliberal political economy in which they're developed.

"Bram Bűscher offers an original approach to conceptualizing and examining neoliberal modes of government in action. He uses a richly grounded empirical analysis to shed light on a key puzzle with important political stakes: How are implausible win-win scenarios sustained despite their manifold contradictions, and what kinds of critical work are needed to puncture them? An excellent read." Tania Murray Li, author of "The Will to Improve: governmentality, development, and the practice of politics"

Bram Bűscher is Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Visiting Professor of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies at the University of Johannesburg.
Byrne (M.) & Lunn (H.) DANCE OF THE DUNG BEETLES, their role in our changing world
228pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R320
"A brilliant and funny tour through mythology, evolution and the day-to-day innovations of scientific research … this is an entomological page-turner . ‘If there were no dung beetles,’ Byrne and Lunn write, ‘there might have been no human race … They literally change the earth beneath us.’ This book reveals that earthly transformation in fascinating and lucid detail." Bruce Beasley, Professor of English, Western Washington University

"Biology and history dance with the scarabs in this beautiful book with its wide-ranging perspectives on our changing understanding and appreciation of these marvellous creatures." Jane Carruthers, Carson fellow and Emeritus Professor and environmental historian, University of South Africa

"...some of the most insightful research on dung beetle behaviour is dealt with in this beautifully written and illustrated book. It is a fitting tribute to these remarkable insects and to the authors who have written about them in a scientifucally profound yet charmingly simple way." Clarke Scholtz, Emeritus Professor of Entomology, Department of Zoology And Entomology, University of Pretoria

Marcus Byrne is Professor in the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Science at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Helen Lunn has a PhD in Musicology. She edited three compilations of DRUM magazine and worked for Oprah Winfrey as South African coordinator and producer on a variety of educational projects.
Carneson (R.) GIRL ON THE EDGE, a memoir
216pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R190
A memoir by Ruth Carneson, daughter of Fred and Sarah Carneson, prominent South African Communist Party activists in the 1950s and 1960s. When she was a child her parents were in and out of prison. When she was fourteen the family were forced into exile in London while Fred Carneson remained in prison in Pretoria. Carneson writes about her childhood in Cape Town, her fear of the security police, her life in London, her struggles with mental illness, her experiences with LSD, art school, motherhood and political activism, her return to South Africa in 1991, and the ten years she spent living and working on Robben Island. She moved back to Cape Town in 2007 and has a studio in Muizenberg.
Clarke (J.) OVERKILL, the race to save Africa's wildlife
195pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R180
Journalist and writer James Clarke describes the history and extent of human impact on Africa's land and marine wildlife, the current status of Africa's wild animals, and how conservation efforts are gaining a new urgency.

James Clarke is also the author of "Save Me from the Lion's Mouth".
Coetzee (J.M.) et al THE LIVES OF ANIMALS,
127pp., paperback, Reprint, Princeton, (1999) 2001. R295
J.M. Coetzee's text is accompanied by an introduction by political philosopher Any Gutmann and responsive essays by religion scholar Wendy Doniger, primatologist Barbara Smuts, literary theorist Marjorie Garber, and moral philosopher Peter SInger, author of "Animal Liberation".

"'The Lives of Animals' is a moral argument within a fictional framework...But fiction has the power to disturb and inspire strong emotions, and this book, thoroughly argued and committed, is certainly a case in point." Maren Meinhardt, Times Literary Supplement

Connor (T.) CONSERVED SPACES, ANCESTRAL PLACES, conservation, history and identity among farm labourers in the Sundays River Valley, South Africa
212 pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2014. R275
Teresa Connor investigates three hundred years of social conflict over land in the frontier-like Sundays River Valley, an area of multiple displacements and the location of the extended Addo Elephant Park, to see whether residents have really benefited from models of co-mamagement.

"South Africa is famous for its success in conserving wildlife, much of it in world-renowned national parks. Yet protected areas sometimes have to be carved out from settlements, and local communities often bear the costs. This is an outstanding analysis of these dilemmas, which looks in detail at the communities affected by the extension of Addo. In the process, Connor takes her readers into the social world of farmworkers, amongst the least studied and least understood groups in South Africa. This book is simultaneously a major contribution to debates about conservation and a vivid and eye-opening discussion of rural society." William Beinart, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Teresa Connor is affiliated with the Fort Hare Institute of Social and Economic Research in the Eastern Cape.
Dean (W.) WARRIORS, DILETTANTES AND BUSINESSMEN, bird collectors during the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries in southern Africa
196pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, Cape Town, 2017. R295
Biologist Richard Dean discusses how the collections of preserved bird skins and of eggs in South African natural history museums were built. He focuses especially on the period between 1850 and 1950 when these collections grew rapidly.

In 2009 Richard Dean was awarded the Gill Memorial Medal for his lifetime contribution to southern African ornithology. From 1986 to his retirement from academia in 2006, he was a research officer at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology.
Dikeni (L.) HABITAT AND STRUGGLE, the case of the Kruger National Park in South Africa, a study of the outcome of the interface between government, NGOs, managers of natural resources and local communities
216pp., pperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R265
"Join Leslie Dikeni in his intriguing journey into the contested state of the Kruger National Park in the early years of the democratic transition. He speaks to chefs and wardens, cleaners and government officials, ecologists and secretaries. As word of his research spreads, those whoses voices had been silenced and whose lives had been concealed in compounds and resource-starved villages seek him out, hoping that their experiences will at last be revealed. The biggest rest camp in Kruger and perhaps the most famous, is the place named Skukuza - the place from which people 'have been driven away'. What emerges from Dikeni's account is the contested nature of the Park and its history - issues that go to the heart of the post-apartheid dispensation and that remain unresolved." Karl van Holdt, Director of the Society Work and Development Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

Lesie Dikeni is a visiting research fellow at the School of Public and Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand and a research associate at the University of Pretoria. He is also the author of "South African Development Perspectives in Question" and co-edited with William Gumede "The Poverty of Ideas: the retreat of intellectuals in new democracies"
Dugard (J.), St.Clair (A.L.) & Gloppen (S.) eds. CLIMATE TALK, rights, poverty and justice
250 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R370
A collection of essays which focus on the impacts of climate change on poor communities and seek to integrate fairness related to environmental issues and fairness related to socio-economic issues.

Contributions include:
"The Role of Social Justice and Poverty in South Africa's National Climate Change Response White Paper" by Kjersti Flottum and Oyvind Gjerstad
"Climate Change, Poverty and Climate Justice in South Africa: the case of COP17" by Jill Johannessen
"Qwasha! Climate justice community dialogues compilation vol.1: voices from the streets" by Molefi Mafereka Ndlovu
"Payment for Ecosystem Services versus Ecological Reparations: the 'green economy', litigation and a redistributive eco-debt grant" by Khadija Sharife and Patrick Bond
"Let's Work Together: environmental and socio-economic rights in the courts" by Jackie Dugard and Anna Alcaro.

Jackie Dugard is a visiting senior fellow at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand. She is also a senior researcher at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI).
Asunción Lera St.Clair is Research Director at the International Centre for Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO), former Professor of Sociology at the University of Bergen, and Associated Senior Researcher at the Chr Michelsen Institute in Bergen.
Siri Gloppen is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen.
Dugmore (H.) & van Wyk (B-E.) MUTHI AND MYTHS, from the African bush
128 pp., colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2008. R199
Fifty-two accounts of the use of traditional medicine (muthi) in Africa. Many of these stories have been inherited through oral tradition and are written down here for the first time. The plants covered include Leopard Orchid, Baobab, Bitter Aloe, Marula, Wild Dagga, Sugarbush, Ghaap, Pennywort, Kalahari Fever Bush, African Potato, Devil's Claw, Rooibos, Cancer Bush, Hibiscus, Honeybush, Wild Ginger and Wild Olive.

Ben-Erik van Wyk is Professor of Botany at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Journalist and writer Heather Dugmore is also the author of "Big Cats of Mala Mala".
315pp., illus., maps, paperback, Durham & London, 2019. R495
Chris Duvall corrects common misconceptions about cannabis and provides a history of cannabis as it flowed into, throughout, and out of Africa. He demonstrates how preexisting smoking cultures in Africa transformed the plant into a fast-acting drug and how it later became linked with global capitalism and the slave trade. Cannabis was also used to cope with oppressive working conditions under colonialism, as a recreational drug, and in religious and political movements.

“This timely and compelling book profoundly engages with the contemporary interest in medical marijuana and the revision underway in the racial stereotyping of drug users. As the only work that situates Africa and its peoples at the center of a human and environmental narrative that unfolds across the Atlantic world, The African Roots of Marijuana offers a history of cannabis unlike any other.” Judith Carney, coauthor of In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s botanical legacy in the Atlantic world

"The history and geography of psychoactive cannabis has been written many times, but no other work prior to Chris S. Duvall's The African Roots of Marijuana has explored the crucial importance of Africa and Africans in the story. Indeed, as in so many others areas of biocultural world history, Africans have been written continuously as recipients of knowledge and invention rather than innovators. With a focus on nineteenth-century published works, Duvall exposes forcefully and with felicitous prose the roots underlying the cannabis cultures that exist today." Robert Voeks, author of The Ethnobotany of Eden: rethinking the jungle medicine narrative

Chris Duvall is Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of New Mexico and author of Cannabis.
Esler (K.), Pierce (S.) & de Villiers (C.) eds. FYNBOS, ecology and management
260 pp., colour illus., map, paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R250
A practical and accessible guide for improving land management in the Fynbos Biome by researchers and managers in the Fynbos Forum community.

Karen Esler is Professor in the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University.
Shirley Pierce is a plant ecologist and science communication consultant.
Charl de Villiers is an environmental consultant and lectures on biodiversity and integrated environmental management at Western Cape universities.
Foster (L.) REINVENTING HOODIA, peoples, plants, and patents in South Africa
209pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R350
First published in USA in 2017.

"Hoodia gordonii" is a succulent plant native to the Kalahari Desert known by indigenous San peoples to reduce hunger, increase energy, and ease breastfeeding. "Laura Foster explores how the plant was reinvented through patent ownership, pharmaceutical research, the self-determination efforts of indigenous San peoples, contractual benefit sharing, commercial development as an herbal supplement, and bioprospecting legislation." from the back cover

“'Reinventing Hoodia' provides a well-researched, critically engaged account of a fascinating contested object of indigenous knowledge and intellectual property. Its illuminating account of hoodia across a range of scales makes significant conceptual and empirical contributions to feminist legal studies and to the history and philosophy of science.” Anne Pollock, author of "Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Difference"

“Foster’s fascinating account of complex negotiations between the indigenous San peoples, South African scientists, lawyers, and Big Pharma makes a valuable text for classes in law, the history, philosophy, and social studies of science, women’s studies, and anti-colonial studies. It also expands the horizon of fruitful research projects in these fields.” Sandra Harding, author of "Objectivity and Diversity: Another Logic of Scientific Research"

“Foster’s interdisciplinary work on Hoodia is both novel and timely. She offers a valuable analysis of science and its relationship to indigeneity.” Jennifer A. Hamilton, author of "Indigeneity in the Courtroom: Law, Culture, and the Production of Difference in North American Courts"

Laura Foster is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington with affiliations in African Studies and the Maurer School of Law. She is also Senior Researcher with the Intellectual Property Unit at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law.
Fowlds (G.) & Spence (G.) SAVING THE LAST RHINOS,
336pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R295
An autobiography by conservationist Grant Fowlds, written with Graham Spence, co-author of The Elephant Whisperer.

Fowlds grew up on a farm outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Originally a farmer, he later chose to re-wild the family farm and with others pioneered the wildlife project called Amakhala Game Reserve. An ambassador for Project Rhino, he also works to raise awareness amongst schoolchildren, policymakers and within communities.
Fox (J.) THE IMPOSSIBLE FIVE, in search of South Africa's most elusive mammals
187pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R230
Travel writer, novelist and photographer Justin Fox's account of the three years he spent travelling around South Africa in search of South Africa's most elusive mammals: Cape mountain leopard, aardvark, pangolin, riverine rabbit and naturally occurring white lion.
Fraser (M.) text & Fraser (L.) illus. THE SMALLEST KINGDOM, plants and plant collectors at the Cape of Good Hope.
221 pp., 4to., maps, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Kew, 2012. R890
An illustrated account of the botanical exploration of South Africa's Cape Floral Kingdom.
"'The Smallest Kingdom' is our celebration of Cape plants and the people who discovered and developed them into today's horticultural gems." from the introduction
In addition to Liz Fraser's botanical illustrations, the book includes plant drawings and paintings from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, historical maps, portraits of the collectors and herbarium specimens.

Botanical and wildlife artist Liz Fraser has been painting the flora and fauna of the Cape since 1984. Mike Fraser worked at the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, and is now a conservation officer with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). They lived in Cape Town for twelve years and were awarded the Marloth Medal of the Botanical Society of South Africa for promoting the conservation of the region's flora through their books, "A Fynbos Year" and "Between Two Shores". They now live in the Scottish Borders.
Glazewski (J.) & Esterhuyse (S.) eds. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING IN THE KAROO, critical legal and environmental perspectives
494pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R695
A collection of essays that explore questions relating to proposed hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' in the Karoo.

Contributions include:
"The Constitutional and Legal Framework" by Jan Glazewski
"Environmental Assessment of Shale Gas Development in South Africa" by Tracy Humby
"The Economics of Shale Gas Fracking: what can the American experience teach us" by Saliem Fakir and Ellen Davies
"The Internationally Significant Karoo Archaeology and Palaeontology Record: short-term threats and long-term responsibilities" by David Morris, Bruce Rubidge and Jan Glazewski
"Effects on Communities: the social fabric, local livelihoods and the social psyche" by Nola Redelinghuys
'Making Legal Sense of a 'Sense of Place' in the Karoo" by Loretta Feris.

Jan Glazewski is Professor in the Institute of Marine and Emvironmental Law at the University of Cape Town.
Surina Esterhuyse is a lecturer at the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of the Free State.
Gordon (D.M.) & Krech (S.) INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE, and the environment in Africa and North America
335 pp., hardback, Athens, 2012. R650
A collection of essays which argue that the forms of knowledge identified as 'indigenous', rather than being "pure and primordial cultural artifacts", resulted from "strategies to control environmental resources during and after colonial encounters" from the back cover

Contributions include"
"Nation-Building Knowledge", Dutch indigenous knowledge and the invention of white South Africanism, 1890-1909" by Lance van Sittert
"Locust Invasions and Tensions over Environmental and Bodily Health in the Colonial Transkei" by Jacob Tropp
"Reinventing 'Traditional' Medicine in SOuth Africa, traditional authorities and the constitutional challenge to the 2004 Communal Land Rights Act" by Derick Fay.

David Gordon is Associate Professor of History at Bowdoin College.
Shepard Krech III is Professor Emeritus of ANthropology at Brown University and a research associate in the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
Green (L.) ed. CONTESTED ECOLOGIES, dialogues in the South on nature and knowledge
284 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R280
A collection of essays that "explore environmentalities in a range of contexts in the global south" and "rethink conventional wisdoms about a division between sciences and alternative ways of knowing environments". from pg.1

"'Contested Ecologies' could be read as an enlightened report on the status of knowledge worldwide. Not only does it demonstrate, with a powerful collective voice from the Global South that will be difficult to ignore, that differences between knowledges ineluctably imply differences among forms of making the world, it actually succeeds in exemplifying paths for genuine and constructive conversations across seemingly intractable divides. The volume offers the first concrete demonstration that it is indeed possible to go beyond the alleged rift between nature and culture, moving us closer towards the elusive goal of healing our planet through new knowledge formations. At a time when the academy seems mired in training students to perform well in so-called 'globalization' (understood as market success), this courageous volume represents a breath of fresh air in the debates over how to re-imagine the university as a central player in the construction of a new ethics of life." Arturo Escobar, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

"A new anthropology is afoot. 'Contested Ecologies' sets out a new approach beyond the boundaries of modernity as we know it. Here different versions of nature are at play, and a 'political ontology' has emerged to grasp this problem. Cosmopolitics comes into its own in this collection." Anna Tsing, author of "Friction: an ethnography of global connection"

Contributions include:
"Cultivating 'krag', refreshing 'gees': ecologies of wellbeing in Namaqualand" by Joshua B.Cohen
"Are Petitioners Makers of Rain? Rains, worlds and survival in conflict-torn Buhera, Zimbabwe" by Artwell Nhemachena
"Metaphors for Climate Adaptation from Zimbabwe: Zephaniah Phiri Maseko and the marriage of water and soil" by Christopher Mabeza
"Cape Flats Nature: rethinking urban ecologies" by Tania Katzschner
"Spotting the Leopard: fieldwork, science and leopard behaviour" by Ian Glenn.

Lesley Green is an anthropologist at the University of Cape Town, and while leading the Sawyer Seminar on Knowledges and Ways of Knowing, was attached to the University of Cape Town's Africa Knowledges Project in the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Capacity.
304pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback , Johannesburg, 2015. R250
John Hanks' account of Operation Lock, a secret initiative to undermine rhino poaching in southern Africa launched in 1987. According to Hanks this intiative was funded by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, the founding president of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It was staffed by mercenaries working for a private company headed by David Stirling, founder of Britain's Special Air Service (SAS). The covert unit operated against smugglers in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and other southern African countries, and game rangers were trained to pose as horn traders in order to entrap buyers. When Operation Lock became public in 1990 WWF denied any involvement, claiming that the operation was a private matter between Hanks, then head of the Africa Programme at WWF-International, and Prince Bernhard, and that no WWF funds were spent on the project. At the time Hanks signed a statement assuming responsibility for Operation Lock. In the books he also addresses the current rhino poaching crisis, and is deeply critical of the policies to curb poaching.

British zoologist and conservationist John Hanks has worked in several African countries, including Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. He has held a number of positions, including Chief Professional Officer for the Natal Parks Board; Professor and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences and then the first Director of the Institute of Natural Resources at the University of Natal; the Director of the Africa Program for WWF International; the Chief Executive of WWF-South Africa; and the first Executive Director of the Peace Parks Foundation.
244 pp., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2014. R240
In 1990 a group of University of Cambridge scientists found the wing of an unidentified bird in Ethiopia, and a new species of bird was named: Nechisar Nightjar. Twenty-two years later South African ornithologist and birder Ian Sinclair led an expedition to try and find this elusive bird. This is Vernon Head's account of the adventure.

"It's Ridder Haggard with birds! Hidden secrets in remote exotic lands, hearsay and scraps of treasure but no map! And four privateers in search of the ornithological grail. It's boys-own stuff for girls too - fabulous!" Chris Packham, British naturalist and author

"A magical and lyrical quest to find the world's rarest bird. But this is so much more than an ornithological treasure hunt - it is an impassioned hymn to the wonderment of nature and its balm for the human spirit." Harriet Nimmo, former CEO Wildscreen and founder of

Architect Vernon Head was born in 1967 in Cape Town. He is presently chairman of BirdLife South Africa.
Head (V.) ed. FEATHERINGS, true stories in search of birds
183pp., hardback. d.w., Johannesburg, 2017. R250
A collection of essays by South African bird observers, including Vernon Head, David Letoalo, Rob Little, Claire Spottiswoode, Peter Ryan, Warwick Tarboton, Peter Steyn, and Ross Wanless.

Vernon Head is also the author of "The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World".
307pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Abingdon & New York, 2018. R395
A reference work and textbook on the physical and biotic landscapes of Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland. Examines the links between these environments and the ways in which they have been and are likely to be subject to change.

Professor Peter Holmes, now retires, is currently a research fellow in the Department of Geography, University of the Free State.
John Boardman is Emeritus Professor in the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and a research fellow in the Department of Geography, University of the Free State.
Hughes (C.) FLOWERS IN THE SKY, a celebration of southern African starlore
96 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Somerset West, 2012. R239
A collection of traditional South African stories that offer insight into indigenous peoples' cosmologies.
Huntley (B.) WILDLIFE AT WAR IN ANGLOA, the rise and fall of an African Eden
432pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R365
"With his long connection to Angola and expertise in conservation science and environmental politics, Brian Huntley is uniquely qualified to reflect on this fascinating and turbulent African country and its wildlife management over many decades. Thoughtful, balanced and unsparing, this book provides fresh insights into the wildlife dilemmas of our continent." Jane Carruthers, Emeritus Professor, UNISA, and author of "The Kruger National Park: a social and political history"

"An extremely well-written and riveting account of the history of conservation in Angola, as well as Huntley's own experiences in that wonderful country. Without doubt the most important book published in the last fifty years on the wildlife of Angola." Nicol Stassen, author of "The Boers in Angola, 1928-1975" and "The Thirstland Trek, 1874-1881"

Brain Huntley was ecologist for Angola's fiver major national parks from 1971 to 1975. He was CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute and now works as an independent consultant. He is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Invasion Biology at Stellenbosch University and an Emeritus Professor at The University of Cape Town.
Impey (A.) SONG WALKING, women, music, and environmental justice in an African borderland
284pp., illus., maps, paperback, Chicago & London, 2018. R730
The women of western Maputaland used to sing when they walked through the mountains and flood plains of this borderland region situated at the juncture of South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland. Impey reveals the impacts of internationally-driven transboundary environmental conservation on land, livelihoods and local senses of place.

“Readers of this wonderful historical ethnography may never walk the same way again. Impey demonstrates how women’s walking songs, mouth harp playing, and foot trails express and shape their attitudes toward the injustices they have experienced during more than a century of exploitation and dispossession. Weaving together historical documents, the memories and songs of older women, and the policies of a transnational conservation preserve, she argues convincingly for a more activist, inclusive, and transdisciplinary ethnomusicology.” Anthony Seeger, University of California, Los Angeles

“This fine book traverses the landscape of conservation politics, land rights, and apartheid history. Its analyses of harsh struggle and vexed memory are balanced by Impey’s quiet love of the land and by the extraordinary women who walk and sing through her text. Scholars of development and of the aural arts will especially appreciate its achievement.” Louise Meintjes, Duke University

Angela Impey is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and convenes the MA in Music in Development at SOAS, University of London.
271pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R260
A memoir by Namibian writer, anthropologist and community-based conservation specialist Dr Margaret Jacobsohn. In the late 1980s she and Garth Owen-Smith co-founded the NGO and trust, Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation. For the past four years she has helped mentor a small, up-market safari company, Conservancy Safaris Namibia, which is owned by five Himba and Herero communities through their conservancies. She has received the US Goldman Grassroots Environmental Prize for Africa (together with Garth Owen-Smith), the United Nations Global 500 award, WWF Netherlands's Knights of the Order of the Golden Art and the Cheetah Conservation Foundation's Special Conservation award. She is the author of Himba, nomads of Namibia.
Joubert (L.) ORANJEZICHT CITY FARM, food, community, connection
222pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R280
Oranjezicht City Farm was founded in 2012 by neighbourhood volunteers on a disused bowling green, originally the site of the original Oranje Zicht homestead, close to Cape Town city centre.

Science writer Leonie Joubert's other books include "Scorched: South Africa's changing climate", "The Hungry Season, feeding South Africa's cities" and "Invaded, the biological invasion of South Africa".
Joubert (L.) text & Miller (E.) photo. THE HUNGRY SEASON, feeding southern Africa's cities
227 pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R285
An exploration of hunger and malnutrition in southern Africa. "'The Hungry Season' focuses on food security at a household level, leaning heavily on new research conducted by Battersby and her team at AFSUN, where they examined levels of food security among poor, urban households in many of the big Southern African Development Community (SADC) region cities." from pg. 10 of the introduction

"Leonie Joubert and Eric Miller cut through the smoke and mirrors of our national discourse to expose the heart of South Africa's problems: hunger and malnutrition. A revealing, engaging book that demands a shift in thinking and action." Max du Preez

Leonie Joubert is also the author of "Scorched: South Africa's changing climate", "Boiling Point: people in a changing climate" and "Invaded: the biological invasion of South Africa". She has received two Honorary Sunday Times Alan Paton Non-fiction Awards.

Eric Miller is a documentary photographer.
Kings (S.) & Wild (S.) SOUTH AFRICA'S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO CLIMATE CHANGE, illustrations and infographics by Robert Dersley
222pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R290
A practical handbook that explores what climate change is likely to mean for people living in South Africa, how the country can prepare for it, and what individuals can do in their everyday lives to help to mitigate the impacts it will have.

Sipho Kings is an environmental reporter. He is currently news editor at the Mail & Guardian.
Sarah Wild is a freelance science journalist and author. Her books include Innovation, shaping South Africa's future through science.
224 pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2013. R395
Keith Kirsten introduces twenty five exceptional South African gardens, including Brenthurst, Fresh Woods, Old Nectar, Durban Botanic Garden, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Vergelegen and Babylonstoren.
486pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2019. R560
Adrian Koopman describes the relationship between birds and traditional Zulu oral literature, praise poetry and proverbs, and Zulu bird lore.

Adrian Koopman is Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is the author of Zulu Names and Zulu Plant Names.
324pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2015. R395
Adrian Koopman details the complex relationship between plants, the Zulu language and Zulu culture.

Adrian Koopman is Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is also the author of "Zulu Names" (2002) and editor of "Nomina Africana", the journal of the Names Society of Southern Africa.
Ledger (T.) AN EMPTY PLATE, why we are losing the battle for our food system, why it matters, and how we can win it back
214pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R240
Tracy Ledger, researcher in the field of economic development and an agri-food activist, analyses the South African agri-food system and demonstrates how misguided government policy and consumer apathy is entrenching inequality, perpetuating poverty, threatening land reform, and destroying the social fabric.
Lenggenhager (L.) RULING NATURE, CONTROLLING PEOPLE, nature conservation, development and war in north-eastern Namibia since the 1920s
266pp., maps, paperback, Basel Namibia Studies Series 19, Basel, 2018. R250
Foreword by Maano Ramutsindela.

Demonstrates that nature conservation initiatives such as communal conservancies and peace parks, increasingly marked by militarisation and violence, characterised South African rule over the Caprivi Strip region of north-eastern Namibia, especially in the fields of forestry, fisheries and wildlife conservation. In the process the war in the region, from the 1960s until Namibian independence, became interlinked with nature conservation, ecology and economic development projects.

Luregn Lenggenhager works as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for African Studies Basel and as a lecturer at the History Department, University of Zurich.
Linscott (G.) INTO THE RIVER OF LIFE, a biography of Ian Player
342 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R270
Conservationist, writer and lecturer Ian Player was born in Johannesburg in 1927. He started his career with the Natal Parks Board in 1952. While Warden of Umfolozi Game Reserve he started Operation Rhino to save the white rhino from extinction and established wilderness areas in iMfolozi and St Lucia. He also founded the Wilderness Leadership School, which led to the formation of the International Wilderness Leadership Foundation and the World Wilderness Congresses, first convened in 1977. He lives near Howick in Natal.
333pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R295
Selected writings by Wangari Maathai, edited and introduced by Grace A. Musila.

Wangarĩ Muta Maathai (1940-2011)was a Kenyan social, environmental and political activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya. The first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree, she became chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Nairobi in 1976 and an associate professor in 1977. She founded the Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organisation that focuses on poverty reduction and environmental conservation through planting trees. She is the author of The Green Belt Movement, Unbowed: a memoir, The Challenge for Africa, and Replenishing the Earth.
Marks (S.) DISCORDANT VILLAGE VOICES, a Zambian community-based wildlife programme
325 pp., map, illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R288
In this long-term case study, begun in the 1960s, Stuart Marks examines how the Munyamadzi rural communities living in Zambia's Luangwa Valley have been affected by colonial and later government initiatives to conserve wildlife. He seeks to demonstrate that local employments and assistance must create sustainable alternatives to customary livelihoods if environmental and biodiversity conservation efforts are to succeed.
McCracken (D.) et al THE DURBAN FOREST,
298pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Durban, 2015. R350
Explores Durban's history and the possibilities for a sustainable relationship between urban development and the natural environment.
McCracken (D.P.) SAVING THE ZULULAND WILDERNESS, an early struggle for nature conservation
176 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2008. R395
Discusses the first efforts to preserve the wild game, birds and indigenous forests of the Zululand and Maputaland wilderness, from the 1820s to the 1890s.

Donal McCracken is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences and Senior Professor of History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
McKenzie (R.) METEORITES, a southern African perspective
120 pp., maps, colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R140
An introductory guide to meteorites and meteorite collecting.
Moffett (H.) 101 WATER WISE WAYS,
112pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R130
A guide to saving water, for private homes, businesses and institutions.

Helen Moffett's publications include a treasury of landscape writings, "Lovely Beyond Any Singing", "The Art and Science of Cricket" (with Bob Woolmer and Tim Noakes) and the Girl Walks In erotica series (with Sarah Lotz and Paige Nick under the nom de plume Helena S. Paige). She has also published two poetry collections, "Strange Fruit" and "Prunings".
Moffett (H.) WISE ABOUT WASTE, 150+ ways to help the planet
159pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R220
A guide to reducing the waste we generate.

Helen Moffett is the author of 101 Water Wise Ways, a collection of landscape writings, Lovely Beyond Any Singing, and the Girl Walks In erotica series (with Sarah Lotz and Paige Nick under the nom de plume Helena S. Paige). She has also published two poetry collections, Strange Fruit and Prunings.
Moolla (F.) ed. NATURES OF AFRICA, ecocriticism and animal studies in contemporary cultural forms
334pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R390
A collection of essays that explores different understandings of the connections between humans, animals and the environment; and suggests alternative ways of addressing the challenges facing the African continent, such as global warming, desertification, floods, animal extinctions and environmental destruction.

Contributions include:
"The Environment as Significant Other: the green nature of Shona indigenous religion" by Jacob Mapara
"Towards an Ecocriticism in Africa: literary aesthetics in African environmental literature" by Chengyi Coral Wu
"Navigating Gariep Country: writing nature-culture in 'Borderline' by William Dicey" by Mathilda Slabbert
"Animals, Nostalgia and Zimbabwe's Rural Landscape in the Poetry of Chenjerai Hove and Musaemura Zimunya" by Syned Mthatiwa.

Fiona Moolla teaches African literature at the University of the Western Cape. She is the author of "Reading Nuruddin Farah: the individual, the novel and the idea of home".
Mthembu-Salter (G.) WANTED, dead & alive
184pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R250
Gregory Mthembu-Salter examines South Africans' love of cattle in the face of climate change.

"Passionately and colourfully, Gregory Mthembu-Salter walks us through history and causes us to look at our future differently, perching us uncomfortably on the horns of multiple dilemmas." President Cyril Ramaphosa, from his foreword

"This eye-opening book takes the discussions back to first principles, to vital but unspoken facets of livestock which must be aired; and it suggests a possible route to satisfying both human and climate justice." Mandi Smallhorne, President, South African Science Journalists' Association

Writer, researcher and journalist Gregory Mthembu-Salter was born and raised in the UK. He emigrated to South Africa in the mid-1990s and is a research associate of the South African Institute for International Affairs. Wanted, dead & alive is his first book.
Mytelka (L.), Msimang (V.) & Perrot (R.) eds EARTH, WIND AND FIRE, unpacking the political, economic and security implications of discourse on the greem economy
340pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R350
A collection of essays that examine global and domestic climate change and sustainable energy issues, convey policy choices and recommendations, and articulate the need for a transdisciplinary approach that acknowledges social complexity. This book is the outcome of a Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) research project.

Nustad (K.) CREATING AFRICAS, struggles over nature, conservation and land
192pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Pietermaritzburg, 2015. R205
First published in the UK in 2015.

Knut Nustad discusses the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in South Africa: the iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park, where conservation interests compete with those of industrial forestry, commercial farming and local communities struggling to have their land returned to them. He demonstrates how each of these groups seek to define and create their own realities and that the conservation lobby will need to find a way of imagining nature and protection that includes people.

"Drawing ona lucid synthesis of current anthropological debates about ontology, materiality, and enactment, Knut Nustad offers an acute ethnography of the history and politics of the Dukuduku forest in South Africa. This is an intensely used and contested landscape, where sugar farmers, smalholders, and conservationists enact different natures and forms of politics. 'Creating Africa' helps us think about how we might live differently in the natural world, and in so doing, begin to craft a more hopeful environmental politics." Andrew Mathews, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Knut Nustad is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.
Olivo (S.) ZAMBEZI VALLEY, the lost stronghold, an account of Zimbabwe's rhino war
372pp., illus., map, paperback, No Place, 2018. R295
Foreword by Clive Walker.

An account of Operation Stronghold, a rhino anti-poaching campaign run by Zimbabwe National Parks between 1985 and 1994.


Silvano Olivo (b. 1967), a freelance writer based in France, was involved with Operation Stronghold for 5 years.
Owen-Smith (G.) AN ARID EDEN, a personal account of conservation in the Kaokoveld
610 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2011. R275
Conservationist Garth Owen-Smith's account of Namibia's "world-renowned community-based natural resource management programme" which he helped to found and develop.
Palmer (E.) THE PLAINS OF CAMDEBOO, a classic book of the Karoo
348 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (1966) 2011. R250
A reprint of Eve Plamer's famous book on the Karoo, a vast semi-desert that extends across parts of the Western and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa. Eve Palmer grew up on the farm Cranemere, situated on the Plains of Camdeboo, where her family have lived for generations.

"Here is a book which is a unique combination of history, natural history, autobiography and research in many fields" Sunday Times

"Eve Palmer recreates with lovely prose the magical landscape of the Karoo and the East Cape where she grew up...If you love a good read, and if you love South Africa, buy a copy of this immediately and settle down for an enchanting trip to the nostalgic past in the company of a fine soul, Eve Palmer!" Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator, Denver Botanic Gardens
219 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R230
Karen Paololli was born in the UK. As an adult she moved to Africa and eventually settled in the Save the Valley Conservancy in the south-east Lowveld of Zimbabwe. There she developed a relationship with thirteen hippos in their natural habitat, the Turgwe River. After saving their lives during the 1991/92 drought she founded the Turgwe Hippo Trust, dedicated to the conservation and protection of the hippos living in the valley.
Patterson (G.) BEYOND THE SECRET ELEPHANTS, of mystery, elephants and discovery
205pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2020. R270
Environmentalist and independent wildlife researcher Gareth Patterson's sequel to The Secret Elephants (2009), about the Knysna elephants. He also discusses his discovery in the same area of a relict homonoid known to the indigenous people as the Otang.

Gareth Patterson is the author of To Walk with Lions, My Lion's Heart and Born to be Free.
Patterson (G.) MY LION'S HEART, a life for the lions of Africa
319 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback , Johannesburg, 2014. R265
An autobiography by environmentalist and independent wildlife researcher Gareth Patterson. The book covers his childhood in West and East Africa, the time he spent studying a threatened lion population in a reserve in Botswana, his work with George Adamson and the relocation of three of George's orphaned lions to the Tuli bushland in Botswana, as well as the part he played in exposing the canned lion industry in South Africa.
200pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R200
An account of the South Africa's lion breeding and canned hunting industry.

Conservationist Richard Pierce's other books include "The Poacher's Moon" and "Giant Steps".
Peirce (R.) THE POACHER'S MOON, a true story of life, death, love and survival in Africa
141 pp. , colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R160
Richard Pierce's account of rhino poaching on three game farms in the Western Cape in 2011.

English conservationist Richard Peirce is Chairman of the Shark Conservation Society and the Shark Trust. He spends six months of the year in South Africa.
Pinnock (D.) & Bell (C.) comps. THE LAST ELEPHANTS,
487pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R490
A collection of essays by game rangers, guides, scientists, activists, academics and poets from across Africa, that call for action to save the continent's remaining wild elephants before it's too late.

Foreword by HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

Includes contributions by Dan Wylie, Ian McCallum, Patricia Schonstein, Don Pinnock, Colin Bell, Sharon Pincott, and many others.
Pooley (S.) BURNING TABLE MOUNTAIN, an environmental history of fire on the Cape Peninsula
315pp., illus., maps, paperback, First SA Edition, Cape Town, 2015. R320
First published in the UK in 2014.

Simon Pooley outlines the interactions of human and wildfire on Table Mountain and the Cape Pensinsula, from the practices of Khoikhoi herders to 2000.

"'Burning Table Mountain' is essential reading for anyone interested in the complex wildland-urban interface where inappropriate fire-management practices have important repercussions for both people and the environment." Professor Tim Hoffman, University of Cape Town

Simon Pooley is a Junior Research Fellow in Conservation Science at Imperial College London.
Rademeyer (J.) KILLING FOR PROFIT, exposing the illegal rhino horn trade
328 pp., colour illus., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2012) 2013. R245
Journalist Julian Rademeyer investigates the underworld of illegal rhino poaching and horn trading, travelling between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and the black markets of Southeast Asia.

"This is grand investigative journalism on a scale seldom seen...A meticulous, devastating and courageous account of the demise of one of South Africa's most prized assets..." Jacques Pauw, journalist and author of "In the Heart of the Whore", "Into the Heart of Darkness", "Dances with Devils" and "Rat Roads"
Ramutsindela (M.), Miescher (G.) & Boehi (M.) eds. THE POLITICS OF NATURE AND SCIENCE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA,
343pp., illus., paperback, Basel, 2016. R290
A collection of essays that examine the politics of the scientific study of nature and of nature conservation projects.

Contributions include:
"Medicinal Plants in South Africa" by Diana Gibson
"Rehabilitating the 'Ovambo Cattle': veterinary science and cattle breeding in early colonial Namibia" by Giorgio Miescher and Anna Voegeli
"'Flowers are South Africa's Silent Ambassadors': flower shows and botanical diplomacy in South Africa" by Melanie Boehi
"The Comprehensive Hunting Ban: strengthening the state through participatory conservation in contemporary Botswana" by Annette LaRocco
"Hidden Struggles in Conservation: people's resistance in southern Africa" by Frank Matose.

Maano Ramutsindela is Professor of Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town. He is also the author of "How Conservation Animates Borders" and co-author of "Land Reform in South Africa: an uneven trnasformation".
Giorgio Miescher is based at the Centre for African Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland. He is also the author of "Namibia's Red Line: the history of a veterinary and settlement border".
Melanie Boehi is a student at the Basel Graduate School of History and Centre for African Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland.
Rasmussen (S.) THE GREATEST SAFARI, in the beginning was Africa, the story of evolution seen from the African savannah
255pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, First English Language Edition, Durban, 2014. R295
First published in 2011 in German as "I Begyndelsen var Afrika".
Biologist and safari guide Søren Rasmussen shares experiences from twenty-five years spent in the African bush and writes about evolution of the savannah.

Søren Rasmussen was born in Denmark in 1952. He is founder and owner of Albatross Travel A/S, Albatross Safari in Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and South Africa, founder of Karen Blixen Camp in Kenya, and owner of Honeyguide Safari Camps in the Kruger National Park and Entabeni.
Reardon (M.) SHAPING KRUGER, the dynamics of managing wildlife in Africa's premier game park
208 pp., map, colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R220
Ranger, wildlife photographer and writer Mitch Reardon provides insight into the lives, habits and behaviour of some of the larger mammals that significantly contribute to the workings of the Kruger National Park's ecosystems, and examines how changing wildlife practices impact on the animals and the environment.
Satgar (V.) ed. THE CLIMATE CRISIS, South African and global democratic eco-socialist alternatives
357pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R350
"South Africa's National Development Plan supports resource nationalism, particularly more coal mines. Together with our carbon-intensive economy, addiction to fossil fuels and nuclear energy, South Africa and the world are heading down the wrong path. Our recent drought is a window into the future...This volume should be read by all concerned about a climate-driven world." Mokoma Lekalakala, climate justice activist and director of Earthlife Africa

Contributions include:
"The Employment Crisis: just transition and the universal basic income grant" by Hein Marais
"Challenging the Growth Paradigm: Marx, Buddha and the pursuit of 'Happiness'" by Devan Pillay
"Ubuntu and the Struggle for an African Eco-Socialist Alternative" by Christelle Terreblanche
"The Climate Crisis and a 'Just Transition' in South Africa: an eco-feminist socialist perspective" by Jacklyn Cock
"Capital, Climate and the Politics of Nuclear Procurement" by David Fig
"The Anthropocene and Imperial Ecocide: prospects for just transitions" by Vishwas Satgar.

Vishwas Satgar is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Scholes (B.), Scholes (M.) & Lucas (M.) CLIMATE CHANGE, briefings from southern Africa
199pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R380
In this book three South African scientists provide answers to fifty frequently asked questions about climate change.

Robert Scholes is a Professor of Systems Ecology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He was a Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s assessments in 2000, 2007 and 2014.
Mary Scholes is a Professor in the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand and serves as the Director of Graduate Affairs.
Mike Lucas is Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town. He is a member of the International Scientific Committee of Oceanic Research (SCOR).
Siegfried (R.) LEVAILLANT'S LEGACY, a history of South African ornithology
118pp., 4to. b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R385
Roy Siegfried documents the chronology, geographical locations, people, events and institutions that have promoted or retarded the development of South African ornithology.

W. Roy Siegfried in Professor Emeritus and a fellow at the University of Cape Town, and formerly Professor Extraordinary at the University of Stellenbosch and visiting professor at the University of Minnesota. He is also a former director of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology.
Smith (A.) A CONTRIBUTION TO SOUTH AFRICAN MATERIA MEDICA, chiefly from plants in use among the natives
238 pp., paperback, Reprint, Grahamstown, (1895) 2011. R255
A facsimile reprint of Andrew Smiths' text, first published in 1895 by the Lovedale Press, with a new introduction by Tony Dodd and Michelle Cocks.

Andrew Smith was born in 1828 at St. Cyprus in Scotland and taught academic subjects in the Lovedale Mission's "College Department" from 1867 to 1887. He died in Queenstown in 1898. In 1885 he published a 23-page pamphlet entitled "A Contribution to South African Materia Medica", which generated an overwhelming response. This led to an expanded second edition in 1895 in which Smith included additional information he had received.
Smith (G.F.) & Figueiredo (E.) SUCCULENT PARADISE, twelve great gardens of the world
184 pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R250
Includes two South African succulent gardens: Karoo Desert Botanical Garden in Worcester in the Western Cape, and Obesa Gardens in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.

Gideon Smith is Chief Director of Biosystematics and Collections at the South African National Biodiversity Institute, Professor of Plant Science at the University of Pretoria, and a research associate at the University of Coimbra in Portugal.
Estrela Figueiredo is a research associate at both the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth and Thr University of Coimbra in Portugal.
Somerville (K.) IVORY, power and poaching in Africa
390pp., maps, paperback, Updated Edition, London, (2016) 2019. R290
Includes a new preface to the second edition.

Somerville provides a history of the tusk trade in Africa, explains why it is corruption, crime and politics rather than insurgency that is to blame, and argues that regulation, not prohibition, of the ivory trade in the best way to stop poaching.

"Somerville’s analysis of the booming ivory trade under colonial rule is masterly: more firearms, more organized trading, and greater demand for ivory in the West meant escalated killing. He shows the more pernicious, lasting effect to be the alienation of indigenous people from control over wildlife, which happened when British game officials banned Africans from hunting while encouraging white trophy pursuers." Robert Eagan, Library Journal

"Keith Somerville has written a pioneering study in the field of wildlife conservation. Based on a formidable list of sources, the argument is well constructed and superbly expressed. The text will prove an invaluable guide to both scholars and those engaged in the struggle to preserve an asset of incomparable value." Professor Jack Spence OBE, Kings College London

Keith Somerville is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and Honorary Professor of Journalism at the Centre for Journalism, University of Kent. His latest book is Africa’s Long Road Since Independence: the many histories of a continent.
Spreen (R.) MONUMENT VIR DIE KWAGGA, Afrika se beroendste uitgestorwe dier, uit Nederlands vertaal deur Wium van Zyl
163pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, First Afrikaans Language Edition, Cape Town, 2020. R335
Originally published in Dutch in Amsterdam in 2016 as Monument voor de Quagga. Translated into Afrikaans by Wium van Zyl.

A history of the now extinct South African quagga. The last specimen, a mare in Artis Zoo in Amsterdam, died on 12th August 1883. The quagga became extinct in the wild around 1873.

Reinier Spreen, a writer based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, lives around the corner from Artis Zoo where he became fascinated by the Khoi word quagga.
Swart (S.) RIDING HIGH, horses, humans and history in South Africa
344 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2010. R290
A study of the role horses have played in the history of southern Africa.

"This is a splendid book and one that graces the growing list of publications in the field of animal studies. If this is the time of the 'animal turn', Swart's account presents scholars with an exemplar of how they might interpret the evidence from the animals' perspective as well as from the human one. Underpinning her argument with an informed historical narrative, Swart looks at the subject in the round, drawing on her exemplary multi-disciplinary skills." Peter Edwards, Rochampton University, London

"The range of resources drawn upon is remarkable, the reading very wide, and the use of novel archival sources notable. This is clearly the product of many years of intimate work. Most excitingly, it draws on a number of disciplines, including ecology and literary criticism, to extend beyond a narrower historiography in several ways.'Riding High' is extremely welcome, innovative and persuasive; in short, 'underground' or 'subaltern' history of a high order." Dan Wylie, Rhodes University
130pp., map, paperback, Off-Centre New Perspectives on Public Issues, vol. 1, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R195
Larry Swatuk outlines the challenges for sustainable water management in the southern African region and argues that we need to see water and the region differently if we are to better prepare for the future.

Larry Swatuk is Professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo, Canada, Extraordinary Professor at the Institute of Water Studies, University of the Western Cape, and Research Associate at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, he was Associate Professor of Natural Resources at the Okavango Research Institute, Maun, Botswana.
Swilling (M.) & Annecke (E.) JUST TRANSITIONS, explorations of sustainability in an unfair world
360 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R385
Published in 2012 in the USA, Europe and Asia.

This book rethinks development, seeking to reconcile the sustainable use of natural resources with a commitment to sufficiency, where over-consumers are satisfied with less so that under-consumers can secure enough. Case studies from Africa, set in the context of global trends, detail the challenges.

"We all know that the current model of global capitalism and its unjust settlement patterns are wrong, unsustainable, and yet, seemingly interminable. 'Just Transitions' indispensible reading for anyone with any desire to cast light on our bleak world, bereft of ideas." Professor Edgar Pieterse, Director of the African Center for Cities, University of Cape Town and author of "City Futures".

Mark Swilling is Professor in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch, co-ordinator of the postgraduate programme in Sustainable Development, Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute, and a member of the International Resource Panel convened by the United Nations Environment Programme.

Eve Annecke is Founding Director of the Sustainability Institute and co-founder of Lynedoch Ecovillage.
Swilling (M.), Musango (J.) & Wakeford (J.) eds. GREENING THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY, scoping the issues, challenges and opportunities
440pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R500
A collection of essays that argue for a review of South Africa's existing economic growth model, which remains reliant on the depletion of natural resources, and assess the possibilities for a transition to a sustainable future.

Contributions include:
"The Gren Economy Accord: launchpad for a green transition?" by Leanne Seeliger and Ivan Turok
"Climate Change and Low-Carbon Transition" by Manisha Gulati, Louise Scholtz and Saliem Fakir
"Agro-Ecological Farming and Soil Rehabilitation" by Gareth Haysom
"Extractivism, its deadly impacts and struggles towards a post-extractivist future" by Samantha Hargreaves
"Greening the Manufacturing Sector" by Jeremy Wakeford, Reviva Hassom and Anthony Black
"Water for Greening the Economy" by Willem de Lange
"Financing the Green Economy" by Precious Zikhali, Manisha Gulati and Phindile Ngwenya
"Ecological Literacy, a sense of wonder, and more..." by Eve Annecke and Johan Hattingh
"One Million Climate Jobs Campaign" by Brian Ashley and Jeff Rudin.

Mark Swilling is Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute and Co-Director of the Stellenbosch for Complex Systems in Transition.
Josephine Musango is Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University.
Jeremy Wakeford is Extraordinary Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, and a macro-economist at Quantum Global Research Lab in Switzerland.
Thompson-Smeddle (L.) ed. A SOUTH AFRICAN RENEWABLE ENERGY GUIDE, for local government
134pp., illus., paperback, Second Edition, Cape Town, (2012) 2016. R220
This book "provides useful information and solid examples of how politicians, city managers and government officials, in partnership with communities, can facilitate the adoption of renewable energy systems and technologies to achieve a more sustainable energy future for all." from the back cover

Lisa Thompson-Smeddle is founder and Director of the Sustainable Development Network.
Valenti (D.) & Atlas (S.) GREEN IS NOT A COLOUR, environmental issues every generation should know
367pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R395
Devan Valenti and Simon Atlas explore the range of environmental challenges that face the world and identify the opportunities that provide solutions to these challenges.

"In 'Green is Not a Colour' South Africans Simon and Devan offer practical solutions to humanity's urgent problems of resource scarsity and wastage. This book compellingly explores a holistic and long-term framework for maintaining a healthy relationship between humans and their environment. If you're looking for a new outlook on sustainability and the future of our planet then this book needs to join your reading list." Tristram Stuart, author of "Waste: uncovering the global food scandal"

"This beautifully crafted and accessible book offers a highly useful primer on the pitfalls of the fossil fuel paradigm and the challenges that the world faces in moving toward a sustainable future. It is not only informative in a factual sense but also does an excellent job of laying out the debates and controversies within the contemporary sustainability movement. It's a must-read for students, educators, and sustainability practitioners." Jeremy Caradonna, author of "Sustainability: a history"

Devan Valenti works as an environmental consultant.
Architect and designer Simon Atlas works in the fields of architecture, brand communication, and building project management.
van Oudtshoorn (F.) VELD MANAGEMENT, principles and practices
256pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Pretoria, 2015. R295
This book aims to provide the necessary knowledge of ecological principles and veld management practices to prevent land degradation and to ensure sustainable food production and biodiversity conservation.

Nature conservationist Frits van Oudtshoorn is a pasture consultant and environmental trainer concerned with sustainable land management.
van Rensburg (J.) & Oberholzer (T.) GROW YOUR OWN,
256pp., colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R350
A guide to growing your own vegetables, fruit, nuts, herbs and spices by means of alternative or traditional growing methods.

J.J. van Rensburg started Garden World nursery in Johannesburg. He writes articles on gardening for various South African magazines and has been a guest on a number of television shows and radio stations.

Tinus Oberholzer was the Senior Horticultural Specialist at Keith Kirsten Horticultural International, after which he co-founded Plantae Orchids nursery outside Tshwane (formerly Pretoria).
van Wyk (B-E.), van Oudtshoorn (B.) & Gericke (N.) MEDICINAL PLANTS OF SOUTH AFRICA,
336 pp., maps, colour illus., hardback, Revised Edition, Pretoria, (1997) 2009. R329
A revised and updated edition. This photographic guide to more than 150 South African plant medicines includes their botany, main medicinal uses, preparation and dosage, and active ingredients and pharmacological effects, as well as distribution maps.
Walker (C.) & (A.) RHINO REVOLUTION, searching for new solutions
224pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R320
Clive and Anton Walker, authors of "Rhino Keepers" (2012), discuss corruption and the criminal justice system, the need for more community engagement, the importance of the private rhino owner, and the costs of protecting the rhino in South Africa.

Clive Walker founded the Endangered Wildlife Trust and co-founded the Rhino and Elephant Foundation and the African Rhino Owners Association. He served on the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group for nearly 14 years and on the South African Parks Board for 6 years.
Anton Walker, Clive's son, was General Manager of Lapalala Wilderness Reserve and is currently Director and Curator of the Waterberg Living Museum in Limpopo Province.
Walker (C.) & Walker (A.) THE RHINO KEEPERS,
208 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R280
The story of the conservation of rhinos in Africa, told through the experiences and insights of conservationists Clive and Anton Walker.

Clive Walker founded the Endangered Wildlife Trust in 1973. He co-founded the Rhino & Elephant Foundation and the Africa Rhino Owners Association, and served on the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group for many years. He was a member of the South African Parks Board from 2000 to 2006.
Anton Walker, Clive's son, is the general manager of the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve, an important rhino sanctuary and environmental school.
Walker (M.) THE CRUEL HARVEST, the plight of the Southern Right Whale and the history of False Bay whaling, (1792-1932)
82pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R190
Covers the anatomy and behaviour of the Southern Right Whale, the history of whaling in False Bay, as well as current legislation and conservation efforts.
Watson (F.) & Brown (L.) text & Proust (A.) photo. STELLENBERG, the story of a garden
209 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, slipcase, Cape Town, 2013. R650
The story of the gardens at Stellenberg, an 18th century manor house in Cape Town. The book focuses on how the gardens have evolved over the past twenty-five years under the present owners, Andrew and Sandy Ovenstone. The creation of Stellenberg began in 1697 when Governor Simon van der Stel granted Jacob Vogel 58 morgen of land, which covered almost the whole of what is now upper Kenilworth and included parts of Claremont and Wynberg. Gradually large sections of land were sold off and today the property covers six and a half acres.
Watson (F.) et al text & Bertish (H.) et al photo. THE GARDEN OF BABYLONSTOREN,
191pp., 4to., illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2018. R400
The history, design, plants, cultivation methods, and people involved in the 2.5 hectare mostly edible garden of Babylonstoren, a farm hotel and spa in the Drakenstein Valley of the Cape Winelands.
Watson (R.) PEACOCKS & PICATHARTES, reflections on Africa's birdlife
216pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R220
Naturalist Rupert Watson on a variety of birds found in Africa. He draws on precolonial and current day avian accounts as well as his own observations.

Rupert Watson was born in England and has lived in Kenya for over 40 years where he practices as a lawyer, mediator, naturalist and writer. His books include The African Baobab and Culture Clash.
Whittington-Jones (B.) AFRICAN WILD DOGS, on the front line
253pp., b/w & colour illus., map, paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R240
Conservationist Brendan Whittington-Jones writes about his seven years studying wild dogs in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. It is estimated that there are only 450 free-ranging wild dogs left in South Africa.
181 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R220
The history of South African radio astronomy, from the first telescope built in the country by NASA in the 1960s to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), interspersed with |Xam Bushmen stories and Xhosa starlore.

Science columnist Sarah Wild is currently the Science and Technology Editor at Business Day.
Wohlitz (E.) BRING NATURE BACK TO THE CITY, how to conduct urban nature conservation
402pp., colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2016. R375
A guide to urban nature conservation suitable for advisors to local government and anyone interested in bringing nature back to our cities.

Ernst Wohlitz is currently Director: Parks and Regional Coordination n the Environmental Management Services Department of the City of Tshwane (previously Pretoria).
222 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback , London, 2013. R195
Dan Wylie tracks twenty-three crocodilian species and compares what science has discovered about these reptiles with their depictions in myth, art and literature around the world.

Includes a chapter on central and southern Africa.

"This series... calls itself 'a new kind of animal history'. It is splendidly, even brilliantly, so. I have nothing but praise for it". James Fleming, The Spectator.

Dan Wylie is Professor of English at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Wylie (D.) DEATH AND COMPASSION, the elephant in southern African literature
267pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R390
Examines what certain literary genres - indigenous forms, early European travelogues, hunting accounts, novels, game-ranger memoirs, scientific accounts and poems - imply about the diverse attitudes towards elephants and who shows compassion towards them.

"'Death and Compassion' is engagingly written. It provides an original and highly informative analysis of fictional and non-fictional accounts of elephant ontology, of what it might be like to be an elephant, and of elephant ethics in southern Africa." Kai Horsthemke, Chair of Philosophy of Education and Systematic Pedagogy, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany

Dan Wylie lectures in the English Department at Rhodes University. He has published three books on King Shaka, several volumes of poetry and a memoir.
Wylie (D.) ed. TOXIC BELONGING?, identity and ecology in southern Africa
268pp., illus., hardback, d.w., Newcastle, 2008. R200
A selection of papers from the 2006 Literature and Ecology Colloquium, held in Grahamstown.

Contributions include:
Ecological Thinking: Schopenhauer, J.M. Coetzee and who we are in the world by Laurence Wright
Stealing Identities? Appropriations of //Kabbo's oral testimonies: an ecocritical view by Dan Wylie
Ecological Sensitivity in Menàn du Plessis' 'A State of Fear' by Michael Springer
'The Nature of Feeling': ecological masculinities in some recent popular texts by Wendy Woodward
Ecology and Identity: a comparative perspective on the negotiation of 'nativeness' by Jane Mulcock and David Trigger.

Poet and academic Dan Wylie lectures in the English Department at Rhodes University. He is the author of Death and Compassion, the elephant in southern African literature.
Xaba (P.A) & Croeser (P.) TRADITIONALLY USEFUL PLANTS OF AFRICA, their cultivation and use
95 pp., 4to., maps, colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, etc., 2012. R179
An overview of the development of societies in Africa and how they utilised plants in the wild and then later learnt to cultivate them. Also provides guidance on how to grow and use these plants.

A resource for high school learners and teachers.