Over the years many people and institutions have shown a keen interest in our website, particularly in the photos that we’ve included with our blogs. We’ve had requests from all over the world for our pictures to be used in books, on posters, magazines and as logos for products. One publishing house in Namibia uses our photos regularly in school text books to show learners the wonders of their beautiful country. We’re always happy to allow folks to use our photos, but we don’t usually get to see where they have been published. It was with great delight and appreciation therefore, that we received a copy of Burger Cillie’s latest book – Mammal Guide of Southern Africa – in which three of Rob’s photos featured (two of a Striped Polecat and one of a Black Mongoose).
This is an excellent handbook to take into the bush, even if you think you already know all about the animals you are seeing. It gives comprehensive information about markings, sex, behaviour, distribution, habitats, etc. But what brings this book into the twenty-first century is that it makes use of advanced technology as many of the photos are able to be scanned by a Callfinder* to play the sound made by a particular animal. What a valuable tool for identifying those mysterious sounds in the night! At the moment only about fifty calls can be activated, but as new ones are added, updated versions can be obtained.
We have blogged previously about the brilliant Callfinder* and how well it works for identifying bird calls. If you already own one you will be pleased to hear that you can download the sound track of the Mammal Guide of Southern Africa directly onto your device from the Briza Publication website at a fraction of the cost of a whole new Callfinder*. We will definitely be doing this to get the full benefit out of our lovely new book.
We wish Burger well with his latest book and look forward to seeing many more of his books being published.