‘Field Guide to the Mammals of the Middle East’ (released in 2015) is an accessible text suitable for graduate students and professionals in the fields of mammal biology, conservation biology, and ecology, as well as nature conservation practitioners and mammal specialists.
Mammals of the Middle East command a high level of public attention, reflected in specific legislation for their protection and management in many countries. They also present particular challenges to ecologists and conservation biologists. They are mostly difficult to observe, there are often perceived conflicts between mammals and people, and furthermore several species are now close to extinction.
Written by Assad Adel Serhal and Saeed Abdulla Alkhuzai. This guide cover all 200 terrestrial and marine mammals recorded in the Middle East, particularly in Arabic-speaking countries. To reach a wider audience, the text is both in Arabic and English. This guide is not limited to only being the first of its kind in form, content, its scientific approach and coverage of all mammals of the region, but it is also characterized by the ease and clarity of its information and the ability to identify the animals in the wilderness from their physical description, measurements, favourite habitat, behaviour, breeding, food, etc. . It also includes coloured plates and illustrations of each of these species, races, skulls and footprint when it is available.
One of the major challenges that we faced during our work on this guide was how to access the best drawings for the mammals of the Middle East at the international level. Fortunately, we have managed to receive the permission to use more than 500 coloured illustrations of all these animals, including their adult forms, adolescent forms baby forms, and different genders, as well as renderings of skeletons, tracks and excrement to make their identification in their natural habitat.