Cry of the Kalahari

Author: Mark James Owens,Cordelia Dykes Owens

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544341643

Category: Nature

Page: 384

View: 4854

This is the story of the Owens’ travel and life in the Kalahari Desert. Here they met and studied unique animals and were confronted with danger from drought, fire, storms, and the animals they loved. This best-selling book is for both travelers and animal lovers.

Cry of the Kalahari

Author: Mark Owens,Delia Owens

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395647806

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 341

View: 3452

This account of the author's seven-year stay in Africa's Kalahari wilderness covers their adventures of survival, their contact with curious and dangerous animals, and the establishment of their conservation research project

Secrets of the Savanna

Twenty-three Years in the African Wilderness Unraveling the Mysteries ofElephants and People

Author: Mark James Owens,Cordelia Dykes Owens

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547527154

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 2574

In this riveting real-life adventure, Mark and Delia Owens tell the dramatic story of their last years in Africa, fighting to save elephants, villagers, and -- in the end -- themselves. The award-winning zoologists and pioneering conservationists describe their work in the remote and ruggedly beautiful Luangwa Valley, in northeastern Zambia. There they studied the mysteries of the elephant population’s recovery after poaching, discovering remarkable similarities between humans and elephants. A young elephant named Gift provided the clue to help them crack the animals’ secret of survival. A stirring portrait of life in Africa, Secrets of the Savanna is a remarkable record of the Owenses' unique passions.

Lost City of the Kalahari

Author: Alan Paton

Publisher: University of Kwazulu Natal Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 60

View: 8456

In 1956 seven amateur adventurers set off from Natal in a decrepit 5-ton truck on "the craziest expedition ever to enter the unknown". Its goal: "to make archaeological history" by locating a mythical Lost City in a remote range of mountains deep in the Kalahari Desert. Lost City of the Kalahari is Paton's hitherto unpublished account of the odd adventure.

The Eye of the Elephant

An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness

Author: Mark James Owens,Cordelia Dykes Owens

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547524668

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 6680

The authors of Secrets of the Sahara battle the elephant poachers of Zambia in this “exciting . . . part adventure story, part wildlife tale” (The Boston Globe). Intelligent, majestic, and loyal, with lifespans matching our own, elephants are among the greatest of the wonders gracing the African wilds. Yet, in the 1970s and 1980s, about a thousand of these captivating creatures were slaughtered in Zambia each year, killed for their valuable ivory tusks. When biologists Mark and Delia Owens, residing in Africa to study lions, found themselves in the middle of a poaching fray, they took the only side they morally could: that of the elephants. The Eye of the Elephant recounts the Owens’ struggle to save these innocent animals from decimation, a journey not only to supply the natives with ways of supporting their villages, but also to cultivate support around the globe for the protection of elephants. Filled with daring exploits among disgruntled hunters, arduous labor on the African plains, and vivid depictions of various wildlife, this remarkable tale is at once an adventure story, a travelogue, a preservationist call to action, and a fascinating examination of both human and animal nature.

Twenty Chickens For A Saddle

The Story of an African Childhood

Author: Robyn Scott

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408842912

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 8466

When Robyn Scott was six years old her parents abruptly exchanged the tranquil pastures of New Zealand for a converted cowshed in the wilds of Botswana. Once there, Robyn and her siblings, mostly left to amuse themselves, grew up collecting snakes, canoeing with crocodiles and breaking in horses in the veld. In the shadow of one of Africa's worst AIDS crises, this moving, enchanting memoir is an extraordinary portrait of an unforgettable childhood.

Soul of a Lion

One Woman's Quest to Rescue Africa's Wildlife Refugees

Author: Barbara Bennett

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1426206674

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 3319

For animal lovers, nature enthusiasts, and the vast readership for gripping true-life stories, this African saga is a must-read adventure. It chronicles the unique Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia, where Marieta van der Merwe and her family, former wealthy cattle farmers, have sold land to buy and care for embattled wildlife. We meet Sam, the "AIDS" lion infected by mistake at a vet clinic. Boerjke, a baboon with epilepsy and Down syndrome. Savanna, the one-eyed lioness. And Marieta van der Merwe herself, the inspiring proprietor of Harnas who shares her home with needy wild animals. Survivor of an early life fraught with personal tragedy in the African Bush, she now devotes herself as care-giver and ambassador for wildlife and wildland. Told with insight, humor, and thrilling immediacy by author and Harnas volunteer Barbara Bennett, this story will captivate readers of all ages.

Hyena Nights & Kalahari Days

Author: Gus Mills,Margie Mills

Publisher: Jacana Media

ISBN: 1770098119

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 221

View: 8093

In this fascinating account of scientific study among forbidding wilderness, a husband-and-wife team describe their trek to the Kalahari to study the little-known brown hyena. The details of the scientific inquiry are provided while the daily challenges of living with children 420 kilometers from the nearest town are described. Despite the hardships, the couple becomes so enchanted by these intelligent animals that they stay for 12 years, documenting many hyena clans and observing behavior only a handful of people have ever seen.

Kalahari

Author: Jessica Khoury

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1595147667

Category: YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Page: 384

View: 2815

"Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret . . .a But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own? a When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It's up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate. a But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she's ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion's silver sheen- a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area-and eliminate life as they know it. a In this breathtaking new novel by the acclaimed author ofaOriginaandaVitro, Sarah and the others must outrun not only the virus, but also its creators, who will stop at nothing to wipe out every trace of it. Praise for Kalahari'Survivor meets James Bond in this page-turning mix of realism and science fiction.'a Voice of Youth Advocates'A gripping adventure.'aKirkus'Khoury builds a relentless plot and seeds the narrative with a deadly mystery that echoes themes of her first novel, Origin(2012).a The science-fiction elements and setting evoke Jurassic Park'sthemes of human meddling in nature, while touches of teen angst and love keep the book realistic and broaden the appeal.'a Booklist'Khoury keeps the tension throughout with life-threatening moments and narrow escapes . . . a true adventure story in an unusual setting.'a School Library Connection Reviews'A blend of survival/adventure, sci-fi, and first love, Kalahariis grounded in the resourceful courage of a girl raised in the African bush.a Thrilling, unpredictable, irresistible . . . six teenagers in dire straits, and the suspense never lets up.a Readers will flock to Jessica Khoury's masterful prose and storytelling.'a Will Hobbs, award-winning author of Far Northand Never Say Diea a "

Whatever You Do, Don't Run

True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

Author: Peter Allison

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493010999

Category: Travel

Page: 272

View: 5660

A hilarious, highly original collection of essays based on the Botswana truism: “only food runs!” With a new introduction and new material from the author In the tradition of Bill Bryson, a new writer brings us the lively adventures and biting wit of an African safari guide. Peter Allison gives us the guide’s-eye view of living in the bush, confronting the world’s fiercest terrain of wild animals and, most challenging of all, managing herds of gaping tourists. Passionate for the animals of the Kalahari, Allison works as a top safari guide in the wildlife-rich Okavango Delta. As he serves the whims of his wealthy clients, he often has to stop the impulse to run as far away from them as he can, as these tourists are sometimes more dangerous than a pride of lions. No one could make up these outrageous-but-true tales: the young woman who rejected the recommended safari-friendly khaki to wear a more “fashionable” hot pink ensemble; the lost tourist who happened to be drunk, half-naked, and a member of the British royal family; establishing a real friendship with the continent’s most vicious animal; the Japanese tourist who requested a repeat performance of Allison’s being charged by a lion so he could videotape it; and spending a crazy night in the wild after blowing a tire on a tour bus, revealing that Allison has as much good-natured scorn for himself. The author’s humor is exceeded only by his love and respect for the animals, and his goal is to limit any negative exposure to humans by planning trips that are minimally invasive—unfortunately it doesn’t always work out that way! New story: People often ask safari guides about the experience that frightened them the most. In this story Peter Allison tells of the time he became aware of unseen danger, and knew that somewhere within meters of him was a hunting lioness. Peter Allison is originally from Sydney, Australia. His safaris have been featured in National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, and on television programs such as Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures. He travels frequently to speaking appearances, and splits most of his time between Botswana, Sydney, and San Francisco.

The Harmless People

Author: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307772950

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 6025

A study of primitive people which, for beauty of...style and concept, would be hard to match." -- The New York Times Book Review In the 1950s Elizabeth Marshall Thomas became one of the first Westerners to live with the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in Botswana and South-West Africa. Her account of these nomadic hunter-gatherers, whose way of life had remained unchanged for thousands of years, is a ground-breaking work of anthropology, remarkable not only for its scholarship but for its novelistic grasp of character. On the basis of field trips in the 1980s, Thomas has now updated her book to show what happened to the Bushmen as the tide of industrial civilization -- with its flotsam of property rights, wage labor, and alcohol -- swept over them. The result is a powerful, elegiac look at an endangered culture as well as a provocative critique of our own. "The charm of this book is that the author can so truly convey the strangeness of the desert life in which we perceive human traits as familiar as our own....The Harmless People is a model of exposition: the style very simple and precise, perfectly suited to the neat, even fastidious activities of a people who must make their world out of next to nothing." -- The Atlantic From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Kalahari Typing School for Men

More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0307370356

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 8122

THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY. FOR ALL CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS AND ENQUIRIES. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED FOR ALL PARTIES. UNDER PERSONAL MANAGEMENT. A beguiling mystery and lyrical novel of Africa -- the fourth in a series that the L.A. Times calls “thoroughly engaging and entertaining.” Now that The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (the only detective agency for ladies and others in Botswana) is established, its founder, Precious Ramotswe, can look upon her life with pride: she’s reached her late thirties (“the finest age to be”), has a house, two children, a good fiancé -- Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni -- and many satisfied customers. But life is never without its problems. It turns out that her adopted son is responsible for the dead hoopoe bird in the garden; her assistant, Mma Makutsi, wants a husband and needs help with her idea to open the Kalahari Typing School for Men; yet Mma Ramotswe’s sexist rival has no trouble opening his Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency across town. Will Precious Ramotswe’s delightfully cunning and profoundly moral methods save the day? Follow the continuing story of Botswana’s first lady detective in the irresistible The Kalahari Typing School for Men. From the Hardcover edition.

The Conservationists and the Killers

The Story of Game Protection and the Wildlife Society of Southern Africa

Author: John A. Pringle,Creina Bond,John Clark

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Wildlife conservation

Page: 319

View: 7759

The Myth of Wild Africa

Conservation Without Illusion

Author: Jonathan S. Adams,Thomas O. McShane

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520206717

Category: Nature

Page: 282

View: 7654

Most people would feel a great loss if elephants, rhinos, or gorillas were to become extinct, but would we willingly move our families, change our means of earning a living, and disrupt our culture to prevent their extinction? People living in rural Africa are being asked to do just this by the world community. The Myth of Wild Africa explores a joint African/Western approach to conservation with the goal of returning control to the African nations.

Botswana Time

Author: Will Randall

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748113673

Category: Travel

Page: 288

View: 3572

Will Randall travels with a purpose, as well as an outrageous sense of fortune. In INDIAN SUMMER he found himself, by chance, having the extraordinary experience of helping slum schoolchildren put on a play to help save their school. In Botswana he was taken up by a headmaster to teach a class of six year olds at The River of Life school. They are football crazy and one of Will's jobs is to take them to play neighbouring (sometimes as much as 100 miles away) schools. Camping en-route or staying in farms and rural villages, often travelling by foot or dug-out punts, thousands of antelope, elephant, buffalo and zebra follow their progress. The sound of lions, leopards and hyenas become the soundtrack of their dreams. Against all the odds they find themselves preparing for the Grand Final of the season - the titanic clash with arch rivals, Victoria Falls Primary school. Both an endearing personal story and a travel book about a little-known but highly successful country, BOTSWANA TIME will win new fans for both Will Randall and the extraordinary country of Botswana.

The Lost World Of The Kalahari

With 'The Great and the Little Memory'

Author: Laurens Van Der Post

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407073125

Category: Travel

Page: 256

View: 4751

Laurens van der Post was fascinated and appalled at the fate of this remarkable people. Ostracised by all the changing face of African cultural life they retreated deep into the Kalahari desert. His fascinating attempt to capture their way of life and the secrets of their ancient heritage provide captivating reading and a unique insight into a forgotten way of life.

Kalahari Dreaming

The Romance of the Desert

Author: David Hilton-Barber

Publisher: 30 Degrees South

ISBN: 9780620595711

Category: History

Page: 132

View: 8028

"Kalahari--what a beautiful word. It rolls off the tongue with satisfying ease, seeming to apply distance. A great wilderness of waving grasses, humming with grasshopper song under a hot wind and a sky of vibrant blue." --Rupert Isaacson, The Healing Land But at my back I always hear Time's wingèd chariot hurrying near; And yonder all before us lie Deserts of vast eternity. --Andrew Marvell (1621-78) Oh that the desert were my dwelling place, With only one fair spirit for my minister. That I might forget the human race, And hating no one, love her only. --Lord Byron For hundreds of years the vast territory of the Kalahari remained a blank on the map. Yet it gripped the imagination of poets, painters, writers, dreamers, adventurers and not a few charlatans. This book is a whimsical anthology of those who were inspired by this desert, those who lived in its bitter confines and those who died in its dry embrace.

Edge of the Rain

Author: Beverley Harper

Publisher: Pan Australia

ISBN: 1742626874

Category: Fiction

Page: 540

View: 4528

Hunger ached in her belly... the lioness slid forward as close as she dared. The little boy seconds away from death was two, maybe three years old. He was lost in the heat-soaked sand that was the Kalahari desert. Toddler Alex Theron is miraculously rescued by a passing clan of Kalahari Bushmen. Over the ensuing years, the desert draws him back, for it hides a beautiful secret... diamonds. But nothing comes easily from within this turbulent continent and before Alex can ever hope to realise his dreams he will lost his mind to love and fight a bitter enemy who will stop at nothing to destroy him.

Survivor's Song

Life and Death in the African Wilderness

Author: Delia Owens,Mark Owens

Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780006380962

Category: Elephants

Page: 305

View: 2914

The sequel to Cry of the Kalahari, this book takes up where the first began, with the Owenses returning to the Kalahari to continue their study of elephants. After deportation because of their open criticism of the government's soft stance on wildlife conservation, they find their way back to their research station to discover the remains of hundreds of poached elephants. Thus they begin a long struggle to raise consciousness about preservation among the officials, who live off black market ivory, and the villagers, who depend on elephant meat for food. Mark's obsession with catching the poachers leads to vicious confrontations and to intense strain in his relationship with Delia.