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Secrets of the Savanna: Twenty-three Years in the African Wilderness Unraveling the Mysteries of Elephants and People Audio CD – Audiobook, February 25, 2020
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About the Author
Delia Owens is the coauthor of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa. She holds a BS in Zoology from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of California at Davis. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many others. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel.
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In !986, the Owens' drove into Zambia with a lawless kind od martial law. They were going to Northern Luangwa NP to study lions. Poachers were wiping out most of the wildlife. The 7 local game scouts lacked everything. They started with donations forming NLCP. But many powerful people with lot to loose wanted Owens' out. In 1993, Owens' flew back to their camp (MARULA-PUKU). It took elephants years to trust the humans after poaching decreased, enough to come to Owens' camp. Mark was flying the scouts in his helicopter to the poachers camp. Most poachers were offered jobs to keep them off killing wildlife. The poachers had reduced the elephant numbers from 17,000 in 1970 to 1,500 in 1990 in the North Luangwa NP.
Delia wanted to know how many breeding elephants had survived. Breeding females had dropped from 50% to 8%. Most of the females over 15 years of age had been shot. There were more infants born, but most young were tuskless, an increase from 2% to 38%. Some had no tails. The Owens' had set up fish farms, sun flower seed presses, soybean crops and bee keepers, to help people. Almost no large tuckers were left in North Luangwa. Females of the tribes were taught first aid and midwifery. Elephants were radio collared to track their movements. protecting them from poachers. Even the buffalo started coming to the camp. Some female elephants were having calves at the age of 8 years, like 'GIFT', a single mother with no supporting females, the adolescents were breeding. One day, the camp kitchen got on fire, nearly ruining the whole camp.
Building a new camp (DELIA'S CAMP) on the bank of the Luangwa River, the Owens' try to concentrate on elephant research. One day, they see 500 elephants in families, on the plains. Unable to get ivory and meat from North Luangwa, people in high places in LUSAKA started worrying about Owens' conservation work. The Owens' were warned by friendly Africans to be careful in 1996. When the left to Europe and USA for leave and to raise funds, their camp in Zambia was surrounded by officials. The USA and British Embassy helped to release the workers and take them to Lusaka. The Zambia project had to be closed down. It was not safe for Owens' to return to Zambia, but the elephant poaching had decreased by 95%. The Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) took over the Zambia Project. The new Zambian Wildlife Authority is now looking after the Luangwa elephants and the other wildlife.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) Books by Owens':-
(a) Cry of the Kalahari, 1985
(b) The Eye of the Elephants, 1993
(2) Books by Norman Carr:-
(a) Return to the Wild, 1962
(b) White Impala, 1969
(c) Some Common Trees and Shrubs of Luangwa Valley, 1978
(d) Valley of the Elephants, 1980
(e) Guide to the Wildlife in Luangwa Valley, 1987
(f) Kakuli, 1996
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.
Again there were maps and photos but there weren't as many photos as Cry of the K and not all that interesting.
The Cry of the Kalahari talked a lot more of named (by them) animals and so was more interesting to follow their lives. Only Gift's story was touching in this one.
Their work in Africa against poachers and helping villagers is admirable but not what I was looking forward to in this book. Very few mentions of lions..only elephants who weren't there. More about people than animals.
It's heart rending reading about the senseless slaughter of the poaching but it's a huge part of any conservation story in Africa I'm afraid.
The story cracks along at a good pace and is well written, it's a bit odd how it jumps from person to person as a writer almost making it a collection of short stories but the continuity of shared experiences holds it all together. really enjoyed it.
However, I did also purchase "Eye of the Elephant". Hopefully it is better.