- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic (October 3, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426200048
- ISBN-13: 978-1426200045
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.8 x 14.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,091,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Relentless Enemies: Lions and Buffalo Hardcover – October 3, 2006
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Beverly and Dereck Joubert, famed filmmakers and writers (Hunting with the Moon, 1997), have produced another spectacular examination of wildlife in Africa. Botswana's Okavango Delta, a landlocked region of marshland, rivers, and islands, is the setting for what the authors refer to as the eternal dance: a relentless struggle between buffalo and the lions who prey upon them. Some of these lions were the largest the authors had ever seen, probably a result of the size of their enormous prey and of the effort required to negotiate the water, mud, and reed beds of their home. Following three lion prides active in the area, the authors studied and documented the act of predation itself. Often the setup for the hunt was very tactical and the hunt itself so intricate that it was clearly an example of planning and thinking ahead. Despite the constant hunting pressure, the buffalo herd was growing in number each year while the lion prides fluctuated in size, an example of the shifting balances between predator and prey. Illustrated with Beverly Joubert's phenomenal photographs and limned by her husband's lyrical text. Nancy Bent
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About the Author
Dereck and Beverly Joubert, recently named National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, are internationally acclaimed naturalists and cinematographers. Their many years with lions have yielded not only books like Hunting with the Moon, but such highly praised documentary films as Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas; Reflections on Elephants; and Lions of Darknessan outstanding body of work that has won four Emmys, two Chris awards, and a George Foster Peabody award.
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Needles to say I decided to buy this book blindly as I expected (as always) the highest quality. What was my disappointment when I discovered that this book is poorly printed and almost all photographs look gray. Even photos make in sepia look somewhat artificial. On the top of this cover picture (and many inside) is extremely out of focus. I find it hard to believe that Beverly Joubert would select such images to be printed. Those shortcomings took away all joy I expected to have reading this book.