TRACK GAME LIKE THE SAN
TRACKER MANUAL BY: ALEX VAN DEN HEEVER, KAREL BENADIE & RENAIS MHLONGO PUBLISHER: STRUIK NATURE PRICE: R290
Ican’t remember how many times I’ve found myself bending over a vague animal track in the road wondering what went through here before me. Luckily then Alex van den Heever compiled a practical guide to animal tracking for us normal folk. This Londolozi game ranger has been honing his tracking skills for 22 years. He’s tracked several of the world’s big cats and has even followed grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park in the USA. Tracker Manual was developed with the help of information gained from traditional trackers in Southern Africa. So what you get isn’t only the writer’s extensive knowledge, but hundreds of years of tracking know-how. It’s not simply about tracks either. You learn about all the obvious signs that any of 160 species leave behind in the bush. And then the book also teaches you about not-so-obvious signs where an animal left its mark. The information is set out in bullet points for easy reference and there are lots of photographs as well as accurate drawings.