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Quinton Coetzee

Is a zebra black with white stripes or white with black stripes?  


And why do flamingos stand on one leg while bats hang upside down?


Did you know that a chameleon’s tongue can shoot out at five times the acceleration of a fighter jet?


In The Buck That Buries its Poo, naturalist Quinton Coetzee answers these and many other intriguing wildlife questions. He also dispels countless myths and elucidates some of the legends that surround creatures in the South African bush we thought we knew all about.


For example, bats do not get tangled in people’s hair (because they are far too adept at flying) and elephants are not afraid of mice (but they do fear bees!). Other tall tales you might hear around the campfire are that lions roll in animal dung, entrails or carcasses to disguise their scent, and that rhinos have a predilection for stamping out fires. What is true, though, is that hyenas are more closely related to cats than to dogs.


This handy guide is based on Coetzee’s own research and that of others, and his experience gleaned over decades living close to nature and wildlife. It seeks to unravel the mysteries of nature in Africa – from mammals and birds to arthropods and plants – with fascinating information and fun trivia. It is a book that will enlighten and entertain. PS: Zebras are black with white stripes!

QUINTON COETZEE is a naturalist, an international speaker, entrepreneur and an adventurer with a deep passion for wild creatures and wild places. He is considered one of Southern Africa’s leading bushcraft and survival specialists. Quinton is also well known as a presenter for popular television wildlife programmes such as Aardwolf and 50/50 Veldfocus. Quinton has a BSc degree from Rhodes University and is a former director at the Johannesburg Zoo. Quinton is also a classical pianist. He lives in White River.

Category:  Wildlife, Nature
ISBN:  9781776192267
Publisher:  Jonathan Ball Publishers
On sale:  June 2023
Format:  Paperback
eBook ISBN  9781776192274 
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