At first glance this seemed a rather daunting book, one perhaps too academic to recommend for popular reading. Getting to grips with the taxonomy of placental mammals is not everybody's cup of tea. But what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be. This is a bush guide in very much the same sense as birds,butterfly, tree and such guides which are aimed not at the classroom but at what evidently represents a growing market out there of lay people wanting to get a better understanding of nature around them. It in effect deals with exactly the kind of question that often comes to mind when walking in the veld or driving through a nature reserve.