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Cry of the Kalahari Paperback – October 15, 1992
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MARK and DELIA OWENS are the authors of "Cry of the Kalahari", an international bestseller and winner of the Burroughs Medal, and "The Eye of the Elephant".
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We also get a taste of life in the Kalahari desert in the middle of Botswana, some of the hardships and life-threatening situations encountered by the Owenses. And we share the issues and concerns they tried to raise in the governments and landowners of the territories where they spent seven years living and studying animals.
At various times this book made me smile. It made me mad. It made me sad. It made me laugh. And it made me wish I could spend a few years of my life studying and living among wildlife as they did.
Will our intrepid duo survive these perils? Not to mention black mambas, surly rebels, and a diet of mealie-meal? Tune in next week, or in this case, keep turning the pages for another thrilling chapter!
Seriously though, as a retired scientist (who worked in a nice climate-controlled laboratory), I have tremendous admiration for what the Owens did in Botswana. Their dedication, perseverance, and attention to detail epitomize what field work is about. COTK is not an account of their research findings, but a personal account of what it was like out there.
There is good science here. Their discovery that brown hyenas breed communally was a fascinating achievement. As well, the Owens’ comparison of lion behavior in the Kalahari with that observed by Schaller in the Serengeti was very important. To have a comprehensive picture of a keystone predator like lions, we must know how they adapt to very different environments. Well done, Mark and Delia.
Mark and Delia Owens write incredibly well and do not waste words. They describe the animals, people and places with phrases that bring them to life.
A sample picked a random:
"A near total silence crept in on me when I opened my eyes and gazed at the Land Rover ceiling. A moment's confusion; where was I? I turned to the window. A gnarled acacia tree loomed outside, its limbs held up in silhouette against the grey sky. Beyond the tree, in soft easy lines, the wooded sand dunes descended to the riverbed. Morning, our first in Deception Valley, grew in the sky far beyond the dunes."
One could cite many examples that stimulate interest and draw the reader into the experience of Mark and Delia as the alternate the telling of the work. Also the values held by the authors that they will leave as little a footprint as possible is one shared by those serious about conservation, so we share in their decision and agonize with them when they have to make a tough decision.Read more ›
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I guess this book is interesting, however the reading level is definitely 18+. I was assigned this book in my 9th grade biology class, and myself, already not liking to read,... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was published 32 years ago, and many of the observations, research, and conservation recommendations in this book still obtain today, albeit with some major caveats. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susana Conde
Product was exactly like stated by the description and it delivered quicklyPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Even though the Owens' studies in the Kalahari ended in 1980, this book remains a classic of African conservation. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sherri Hayden
This is an extraordinary book. I could not abandon it just as Mark and Delia could not abandon their cause no matter the difficulties. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christine C.
So exciting. I felt like I was there with the author, and learned a lot too. Well written.Published 9 months ago by Monty's Mom