Natural History Books on Safari

Not everyone is as nerdy as me. I have to accept that and remind myself that most people’s interest are not as eco/creepycrawly-centric.  Not everyone jumps for joy when Amazon delivers ‘Parasite Rex’ or ‘Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers’. They should though – its gripping stuff.

Safari is the ideal place for non fiction and specifically Natural History. What better place to brush up on some evolution or basic whys and wherefores.  Below are some of my favourite Natural History Books.  As well as some fascinating evolution they are also filled with arcane knowledge perfect for cocktail parties (sexual selection and the purpose of pubic hair for instance *Third Chimpanzee).

Most of these books are ecological but many also include some human history.  Nearly all have implications or messages for humanity (fix your ways or you’re doomed).  1491 is very new world specific but it is just such a great history that I had to include it even in a on-safari list.

Here are my top ten:

the diversity of life
the diversity of life
sapiens
sapiens
song of the dodo
song of the dodo
guns germs and steel
guns germs and steel
a plague of rats and rubbervines
a plague of rats and rubbervines
the world without us
the world without us
the ancestors tale
the ancestors tale
third chimpanzee
third chimpanzee
parasite rex
parasite rex
1491
1491
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