Best bang-for-buck mammal destinations
“Kittykat23uk” and all: the following three links should help you determine which destinations have the highest mammal diversity and possibly cost-efficiency (depending on travel costs). Click on any of the maps to enlarge.
Link to download higher resolution maps is on the bottom of the page.
*** All-important caveat *** : just because many species occur in an area doesn’t mean that any of them is common there. In fact, species-rich areas are frequently ecotones or transition zones, where many species mix as they reach the edges of their geographic ranges. This means they have low population densities there.
Example: some species are common in lowlands, others in highlands. This means that the middle elevation will have the highest species diversity since this is where highland and lowland species intermix. But both groups are at their range fringes there, and hence will usually be uncommon. It would be far better to spend a few days in the lowlands and a few in the highlands, where the respective species are common, rather than in the species-rich middle ground.
Also, these maps show quantity – species richness – not quality. Perhaps it would be better to create a most-wanted mammals list, then note destinations where each species is most common, then choose the one that has the most desired species.
– Eran Tomer
Atlanta, Georgia, USA