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The Orient. Home to Tigers and Tapirs, Gibbons and gastro. And where the restaurants, the road rules and the massage parlours are full of surprises.
Information - sometimes detailed, sometimes less so - on mammal watching in many Asian countries can be found in the pages linked to the right.
Resources - books
Francis, Charles M. 2001. A Photographic Guide to the Mammals of South East Asia. This is a pocket guide which covers most, but not all, of the larger mammals and a few of the smaller ones. Its quite useful though Francis's 2008 Field Guide is much better. However, this is the only book I could find that deals with Java and Sumatra.
Francis, Charles M. 2008. A Field Guide to the Mammals of South East Asia. This is just a fabulous field guide and long overdue. The illustrations are brilliant, particularly for the bats. Indispensable for any trips to Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Unfortunately it does not cover Java and Sumatra, though his other (smaller) book does.
India & Indian Subcontinent
Israel, S. and Sinclair, T. (eds). 1992. Insight Guides: Indian Wildlife. Appa Publications, Hong Kong. Not much use as a field guide, but some good information on national parks in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and species you might see in each.
Memon, V. 2003. A Field Guide to Indian Mammals. Dorling Kindersley, Delhi. This is by far the best field guide I have seen for Indian mammals. Every species is covered (though for some of the smaller species there is just a sentence or two on their range and distinguishing features), but many small mammals are included.
Prater, S. 1971. The Book of Indian Animals. Oxford University Press. This covers 140 of the commoner or more readily observed mammal species of the region. Well researched and nicely illustrated, if slightly dated.
Sterndale, R. A. 1884. Natural History of the Mammalia of Indian and Ceylon. Thacker, Spink and Co. This freely downloadable e-book is interesting.
A useful and comprehensive study of the status of South Asia's bats is in this 2002 report.
Roberts, T.J. 2005. Field Guide to the Small Mammals of Pakistan. Oxford University Press. Same comments as for the sister volume - this seems like a reasonable book and I haven't seen anything better for Pakistan.
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