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Antarctic Wildlife:
A Visitor's Guide
James Lowen

Paperback | 2011 | $22.95 | ISBN: 9780691150338
Paperback (WILDGuides) | 2011 | £17.95 | ISBN: 9781903657324
240 pp. | 5 x 8 | 159 color photos.
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Antarctic Wildlife is the definitive identification guide to the birds and marine mammals of the Antarctic Peninsula, Drake Passage, and Beagle Channel. This easy-to-use photographic field guide enables visitors to this unique region of the world--newcomer and seasoned traveler alike--to identify with confidence the penguins, whales, seals, seabirds, and other stunning wildlife they encounter on their journey. Full-color photographs show typical views of each species of bird or marine mammal, together with the terrestrial plants likely to be seen. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, give tips on where to look, and highlight interesting facts. This one-of-a-kind guide also includes introductory chapters that cover the wildlife of each Antarctic environment by season, as well as information on tourism and Antarctic cruising that will help visitors get the most from their trip.

Antarctic Wildlife is a must-have photographic guide for travelers taking the standard cruise from Ushuaia, Argentina, to the great white continent, and for anyone interested in the diverse wildlife found in this remote part of the world.

  • Covers the wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula, Drake Passage, and Beagle Channel
  • Features full-color photographs throughout
  • Describes key identification features and gives tips on where to look
  • Includes an introduction to Antarctic environments and information on Antarctic cruising

James Lowen is a wildlife writer, photographer, and lecturer. He is the author of Pantanal Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide to Brazil's Great Wetland. An Antarctic naturalist guide for Polar Star Expeditions, he lived in Argentina for a number of years before moving back to the United Kingdom.


"A must have guide for those visiting Antarctica!"--Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report

"An eminently practical, accurate, useable and indispensable field guide perfect to bring on your Antarctic cruise. Or even just to keep on your bedside table. . . . There's a lot of information effortlessly packed into this little powerhouse of a guide. . . . When it comes time to cruise, though, Antarctic Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide is the one to grab."--Cathy Taibbi,

"It's difficult to appreciate far off consequences of things like melting polar ice-caps, rising ocean levels, and other effects that happen far away or too slowly for the eye to see. That's one reason why I think books like James Lowen's Antarctic Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide are so important. They help provide context for and appreciation of the Antarctic as more than an abstract concept. . . . Antarctic Wildlife is a window offering a view of the southern end of the world. . . . By revealing its treasures, Lowen reminds us why even the most remote places on Earth are worth defending."--Brad Sylvester, Yahoo! News

"Spectacular. It covers all wildlife within Antarctica, not just birds. But for the birders reading this, the section on birds is done well."--Jerry Liguori, Utah Birders blog

"The identification text is split into two sections, one basic summary for the amateur and beneath this a more detailed description for the avid enthusiast. The supporting images are excellent, chosen for clear field identification, and it's impressive to note that the author took many of them himself. . . . This is an excellent field guide, well laid out with photos and easy-to-access information. . . . It will definitely accompany me on my next trip to Antarctica."--Luxury Travel Review

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Penguin Behaviour - Fighting
Penguin Behaviour - Fighting
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Antarctic Peninsula - Killer Whale (Orca)
Antarctic Peninsula - Killer Whale (Orca)
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Grey-Headed Albatross

Grey-Headed Albatross
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