Just received my complimentary copy of Handbook of the Mammals of the World – Volume 2 Hoofed Mammals Edited by Don E. Wilson, Russell A. Mittermeier. It’s always nice to see some of your own photos published in a book, and I’m really pleased to have photos of Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus) and Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) published in this incredible monograph covering Orycteropodidae (Aardvark), Procaviidae (Hyraxes), Elephantidae (Elephants), Manidae (Pangolins), Equidae (Horses and relatives), Rhinocerotidae (Rhinoceroses), Tapiridae (Tapirs), Camelidae (Camels), Suidae (Pigs), Tayassuidae (Peccaries), Hippopotamidae (Hippopotamuses), Tragulidae (Chevrotains), Moschidae (Musk-deer), Cervidae (Deer), Bovidae (Hollow-horned Ruminants), Antilocapridae (Pronghorn) and Giraffidae (Giraffe and Okapi). The amount of information on each species is monumental, and the plates, by Toni Llobet, are simply stunning! This is without doubt the definitive work on these families and if you are interested in Hoofed Mammals then I strongly recommend you buy a copy.
In the second volume of HMW they are revealed in all their fascinating detail, in riveting accounts written by some of the most renowned authorities in the world. The species accounts supply complete and up-to-date information at a time when new and increasingly sophisticated methods of DNA analysis are reshaping our knowledge of these species; to give just one example, the family Bovidae has almost doubled its size in the last five years, to the 279 distinct species known today.
Overall, high quality book, which seems to achieve its double function – informative enough for scientific reference, but also attractive and readable enough to fascinate normal reader. Most family texts are excellent. Unfortunately, text on elephants is mostly about African Savanna, just occasionally mentioning Asian.