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BOOK REVIEW - Trackers Manual


This practical guide to animal tracking is a one-of-its-kind manual, based on information developed with the help of southern Africa’s few remaining traditional trackers and their centuries-old wisdom in the field.

It presents the more concrete and obvious wildlife signs for some 160 animals and teams them with a host of seemingly unrelated details to give a comprehensive picture of recent – and not-so-recent traffic through the bush.

Simple, bulleted text guides readers through the key points and teaches the broad–based observational skills required to detect and interpret messages; multiple photographs, some annotated, along with accurate track drawings for all the animals, offer a clear visual guide too.

What began as the Tracker Academy student textbook is now available to the public. The Tracker Manual contains decades of cumulative knowledge gained from expert trackers who have engaged in practical tracking for all their lives.

Rich in detail, accurate, and with an instructive introduction, this guide to the region’s animal tracks and signs is every tracker’s go-to manual.

Alex van den Heever grew up on a farm, and after studying Marketing and Business Management, he joined Londolozi Game Reserve as a game ranger. He dedicated much of his 22 years there to learning the ancient art of tracking and has tracked many of the world’s big cats, as well as grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park. In 2010, with the help of Mrs Gaynor Rupert (Chairperson of the SA College for Tourism in GraaffReinet), he established the Tracker Academy, which is a non-profit organisation for training disadvantaged rural people in the traditional skills of wildlife tracking, and ensuring that indigenous knowledge of tracking animals in the wild could be secured.

ISBN: 978 1 7758 4335 1 | RRP: R 290.00

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