The comprehensive guide is a long-overdue review of all species of deer including several newly identified species. Writing for a wide readership in a straightforward and easily accessible style, Charles Smith-Jones has produced a thorough, authoritative, and attractive reference work with a strong conservation focus.
Lavishly illustrated throughout in full color, Deer of the World covers deer evolution, biology, and lifestyles, and surveys each of the fifty-five true deer, seven musk deer, and ten chevrotain species as well as their subspecies in detail with photographs, general information, and distribution maps. Fact boxes include descriptions of features, habitats, behavior, breeding, and conservation issues. Many species featured are elusive and only very rarely photographed or observed.
Charles Smith-Jones, an all-round field sportsman, has studied and managed deer for almost forty years. He writes for Shooting Times, Sporting Guns, and Deer magazines, to which he is a regular contributor.
He has written three other books. Muntjac: Managing an Alien Species (2004), received widespread praise as a groundbreaking work on coping with the challenges posed by this invasive little Asian deer in Britain. The Deer Stalker’s Beside Book, a collection of facts, anecdotes, advice, and fiction for fellow deer enthusiasts, was published in 2015, followed by Between the Coverts for the game shooter in 2016.
After a full Army career, Smith-Jones lectured in game and wildlife management at Sparsholt College in Hampshire where he taught the new generation of gamekeepers and other countryside custodians. In addition to writing, Charles consults on deer matters and acts as technical adviser to the British Deer Society (BDS). He has been a Trustee Director of the BDS.