S1 Episode 21: Chris and Mathilde Stuart


Charles and Jon interview  Chris & Mathilde Stuart – renowned wildlife researchers and authors – from their farm in South Africa. The Stuarts have had the sort of life many mammalwatchers can only dream of, searching and surveying for wildlife in much of Africa and beyond, including areas which had barely been studied before they arrived. They have written about 30 books and several apps over their long career. During this episode they explain how much work is involved in writing their field guides (answer: a lot!). Chris talks about rediscovering the Arabian Tahr in the United Arab Emirates, and Mathilde explains why her willingness to fill her pockets with frogs and small mammals was key to their budding romance.


Chris and Mathilde’s books are available in many book stores worldwide. Several of their books and apps have been reviewed on mammalwatching.com. Todd Pusser, who showed Charles and Jon a Red Wolf, a Golden Mouse and other North Carolinan mammals, takes wonderful photographs too.