“The iconography of caracal ear- or head-flagging is intricately crafted, and fingers on a pencil can scarcely keep up with the rapidity of their flickering movements. Nonetheless, I believe drawings can be a clearer medium for exploring such a visual Morse code than laborious written accounts or quantified records of frequencies.” - Jonathan Kingdon (Illustration: Harvard University Press)
These are spectacular. Also, they remind me of that time when I was ten and I checked out the Field Guide to African Mammals seventeen times in a single year. Mr. Kingdon, you were my homeboy.
Jonathan Kingdon’s drawings are amazing I have a couple of the volumes from his ‘East African Mammals’ series, ‘Island Africa’ is recommended and he is currently working on a new 6 volume work called ‘Mammals of Africa’ -
“A major new series of handbooks. This incredible work, more than 10 years in the making, is the product of over 350 contributors under the distinguished editorship of Jonathan Kingdon and five academic colleagues. A series of introductory chapters, summarising African mammal fauna, incorporate all the latest research on their taxonomy and evolution. Forming the bulk of the books, the authoritative individual species accounts are each written by an expert on that species. Over 1,100 species are documented and the volumes are divided as follows: introductory chapters and Afrotheria; primates; carnivores and pangolins; rodents and hares; insectivores and bats; and ungulates. The work will be illustrated with many colour and black and white illustrations by Jonathan Kingdon.”