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"Boyd Norton has captured the magic of this ancient and majestic ecosystem. " Dr. Jane Goodall

"Preserving the Serengeti is as much about saving our humanity, our link to nature and our own ancient past, as it is about stopping an environmental tragedy. Boyd's book Serengeti covers it all very well."
Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News.

"What manner of insanity would lead us to destroy our own cradle. That is the Serengeti. And its richness and wonder are under great threat. Boyd Norton's book, Serengeti, shows us this magical land in all its splendor, and demonstrates how we might better know it and preserve it".
Ed Begley, Jr., actor, eco-activist


"Boyd Norton's exquisite images of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro shock us back into East Africa's 'eternal beginnings,' its thundering migrations, and the nourishment of its stillness. This book is a gift, a piece of hope. Grab it now." 
Gretel Ehrlich, Author The Solace of Open Spaces


"A pictorial and poetic tour de force."
Kathi Anderson, Executive Director  Walden Woods Project, The Thoreau Institute

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"I have been traveling here for nearly 30 years and from the start this place has had a profound impact on me. Serengeti is one of the very few reserves left on earth that protects and contains such a complete ecosystem and the succession of life taking place within it. In the struggle to define and describe such places as Serengeti, timeless is a word often used. But this is not a place where time is diminished. It is a land full of time that extends back to the dawn of humankind and beyond. And perhaps it is that fact that triggers in many of us some faint spark of genetic memory when visiting here. Serengeti gave our ancient ancestors knowledge. Serengeti made us human. Serengeti is the land of our youth. It deserves our utmost care, even if we live thousands of miles from it, even if we never visit it. It is vital that it remain the 'stillness of the eternal beginning.'
Some recent threats have come to light, threats that could forever change the life and land here. I have co-founded a non-profit, Serengeti Watch, in order to protect this marvelous land for future generations. A significant portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to this organization."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555915930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555915933
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been there - twice. I know what Serengeti is like and how important it is to preserve this very special place. Norton has done an outstanding job of conveying the beauty and magnificence of the region. A friend gave me this book as a present and what a present it was. The photographs are beautiful, but it is Norton's text that helps you gain an understanding of the importance of Serengeti in the scheme of preserving the last of the world's great wild places. What makes this book so important is that Norton is leading the battle to save the Serengeti ecosystem from a proposed destructive commercial highway that would knife across the park and very likely halt and destroy the greatest land animal migration on earth. He has devoted a part of his proceeds of the book to Serengeti Watch, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the region and stopping the highway. A great and important book.
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Having been to Serengeti three times with two more trips planned, I can identify with the prose and exquisite images in this fascinating book. Mr. Norton has actually put onto flat paper the immensity and diversity of the Serengeti ecosystem. Had I not been there before this book would have been a great encouragement to get Serengeti to the top of my bucket list. If you have yet to take the plunge and feel the slightest hesitation, by all means get this BOOK! It will definitely push you over the edge and start the ball rolling for your own journey. It is rare for me to go back to places a second time especially those places very remote and expensive to get to but Serengeti has a draw all its own and once you make the journey, you will want to return again and again. If for some reason this trip is out of reach, then this book is the next best thing to being there in person.

I loved the book. Just looking thru it the first time, I could almost, hear, smell and feel the wildness that I have experienced there in person three times.

Thanks Mr. Norton, your book has made me smile this month and does each time I see it in my living-room.
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Boyd Norton's Serengeti is the WHOLE place, not just the eponymous national park, but the Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its legendary caldera, the various adjacent Tanzanian game reserves and game controlled area, and extending across the border to encompass Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve and beyond. Likewise, this book encompasses most of his WHOLE life from the late 1940s when he and I were in grade school to 2011 when it was published and I was in Kenya on my 18th African safari. Since receiving a copy of Frank Buck's "Jungle Animals" for Christmas in 1946, I've read many books on African wildlife, and this is among the best.

Like Norton, I've been in Serengeti with Hussein Hamisi and Ally Msamy when they were driver-guides with Sengo Safaris and camped at Naabi Hill and on the floor of Ngorongoro Crater in 1989. I was with them again after they formed Unique Safaris. I've also had John Lidede as a guide in Masai Mara. As was my own, Norton's introduction to the Serengeti ecosystem was in Masai Mara at a time when the great herds were far away, yet both of us returned again and again to experience the WHOLE of it.

Negative criticism of the book's photographs is unfair and unfounded, as they contribute visual impressions enhancing the richness of the text. Although a number lack captions, most of these are closely associated with Norton's accounts of his experiences. In his chapter "Kifaru" he introduces Anna Merz and her book "Rhino: At the Brink of Extinction" from whom and which he learned much about communication in the black rhinoceros. In the following chapter "The Language of the Wild" he speculates on communication among acacias under attack by giraffes.
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To me the beauty of this book is not just the beautiful photography, but the writing as well. I suppose everyone else reacted in the same way - when I first got this I went through it page by page to enjoy the photos. But then I started reading it and I have to say that this guy is a good writer. Wow, talk about making a place come alive! I loved the chapter Serengeti Days, Lion Nights. I had the feeling that I was there with the author sitting around the campfire and listening to lions roaring in the darkness. I had always felt that Serengeti was one of those places that would be preserved forever - an icon of wildness. But Norton tells of some things happening there that could change it. Don't get me wrong, it's not a doom and gloom book. But it does bring to light some serious problems and apparently Norton is leading some battles to save this place for future generations. Good for him! Serengeti is on my bucket list - I hope it's still there when I get to go.
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This is a magnificent book. Norton's love for the land, the animals and the people of the Serengeti shines through on every page, and I was captivated from the moment I opened it. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the photography and the way he has captured the vastness and sheer wonder of this region. The narrative is lovely to read; full of information about the history, the wildlife and the people of the area, it is interspersed with personal anecdotes that are thrilling, sometimes poignant and often funny. The Serengeti comes alive on these pages, and anyone reading this book cannot fail to understand why we need to preserve it. It is a remarkable book, and one I will always treasure.
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