Cry of the Kalahari

Author: Delia Owens,Mark Owens

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472156447

Category: Nature

Page: 480

View: 8747


'A remarkable story beautifully told... Among such classics as Goodall's In the Shadow of Man and Fossey's Gorillas in the Mist' Chicago Tribune Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. There they lived for seven years, in an unexplored area with no roads, no people, and no source of water for thousands of square miles. In this vast wilderness the Owenses began their zoology research, working along animals that had never before been exposed to humans. An international bestseller on original release, Cry of the Kalahari is the story of the Owenses's life with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, and the many other creatures they came to know. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth. --------------------------------- 'One of the best testimonials to the perseverance, idealism and general spunk of passionate animal students' Washington Post 'For anyone interested in animals or in real life adventure, this book is a must' Jane Goodall

The Eye of the Elephant

Author: Delia Owens,Mark Owens

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395680902

Category: Nature

Page: 305

View: 6538


Two naturalists describe how a battle to save the elephants of Africa turned into a fight for their lives when commercial poachers heard of their work

The Bushmen of Southern Africa

Author: Sandy Gall

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409002721

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 4682


A mix of history and current affairs, travel, reportage and anecdote, this passionate book speaks up for the Bushmen, the first people of Africa. *Featuring a preface by Prince Charles* Bushmen were hunting and gathering, painting and mining copper, thousands of years ago. They were the first people of Africa. Deadly shots with their bows and arrows, they were, in their heyday, Lords of the Desert. They fought extremely bravely for their land, and lost. Today, they have been reduced to an underclass - dispossessed, despised and degraded. Just in time - one is tempted to say, miraculously - the Mandela government saved them from extermination in South Africa. Now, in Botswana's Central Kalahari Game Reserve, set aside specially for them by the British in 1961, they are making their last stand, refusing to be evicted in order to benefit mining and tourism. Sandy Gall, who is best known for his reporting of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, has taken up the cause of the Bushmen. His interest in their plight dates back to the 1950s and 1960s when he was working as a foreign correspondent for Reuters; in 1999 he visited the Central Kalahari with his daughter Michaela. His book celebrates the culture of these unique people, many of whom have an almost mystical bond with animals. He has portrayed many fascinating individuals who have been involved, for good or ill, in their tragic history and their present predicament. Here, for the first time, is the full story of the slaughter of an innocent people. The Bushmen of Southern Africa speaks not only for the Bushmen but for the native indigenous people of the world. It faces up to a shameful and bloodstained past and looks at burning current issues such as human rights and the ownership and exploitation of land.

The Myth of Wild Africa

Author: Jonathan S. Adams,Thomas O. McShane

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520206717

Category: Nature

Page: 282

View: 6027


Africa's wildlife heritage is under siege--and its worst enemy may be traditional conservation methods. The authors tell of new conservation programs that include more Africans in the planning, execution, and financial benefits of this multi-billion dollar business.

Eye of the Albatross

Author: Carl Safina

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 9781429984232

Category: Nature

Page: 416

View: 6876


"One of the most delightful natural history studies in decades." —The Boston Globe Eye of the Albatross takes us soaring to locales where whales, sea turtles, penguins, and shearwaters flourish in their own quotidian rhythms. Carl Safina's guide and inspiration is an albatross he calls Amelia, whose life and far-flung flights he describes in fascinating detail. Interwoven with recollections of whalers and famous explorers, Eye of the Albatross probes the unmistakable environmental impact of the encounters between man and marine life. Safina's perceptive and authoritative portrait results in a transforming ride to the ends of the Earth for the reader, as well as an eye-opening look at the health of our oceans.

Bushmen in the Tourist Imaginary

Author: Roie Thomas

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443848808

Category: Social Science

Page: 270

View: 4756


This book is a semantic and semiotic analysis of tourism texts that represent specific groups of San (or Bushmen) in modern Botswana, and is framed by postcolonial theory, post-tourism and resistance theories. Critically, the book demonstrates the power that both written and visual language can have upon consumers of texts. It provides a case-study of neo-colonial exploitation and, conversely, reveals the efficacy of self-representation for tourist consumption, with an increasing number of San offering alternatives to an entrenched ethnic hegemony, effecting gradual political and social recognition and autonomy. As such, the book is written in a spirit of optimism for the burgeoning self-determination of a long-marginalised group.

The Ethics of Anthropology and Amerindian Research

Author: Richard J. Chacon,Rubén G. Mendoza

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461410657

Category: Social Science

Page: 524

View: 1927


The decision to publish scholarly findings bearing on the question of Amerindian environmental degradation, warfare, and/or violence is one that weighs heavily on anthropologists. This burden stems from the fact that documentation of this may render descendant communities vulnerable to a host of predatory agendas and hostile modern forces. Consequently, some anthropologists and community advocates alike argue that such culturally and socially sensitive, and thereby, politically volatile information regarding Amerindian-induced environmental degradation and warfare should not be reported. This admonition presents a conundrum for anthropologists and other social scientists employed in the academy or who work at the behest of tribal entities. This work documents the various ethical dilemmas that confront anthropologists, and researchers in general, when investigating Amerindian communities. The contributions to this volume explore the ramifications of reporting--and, specifically,--of non-reporting instances of environmental degradation and warfare among Amerindians. Collectively, the contributions in this volume, which extend across the disciplines of archaeology, anthropology, ethnohistory, ethnic studies, philosophy, and medicine, argue that the non-reporting of environmental mismanagement and violence in Amerindian communities generally harms not only the field of anthropology but the Amerindian populations themselves.

The San of Africa

Author: Linda Parker

Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 9780822541776

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 8930


Describes the history, culture, modern and traditional economies, religion, family life, and language of southern Africa's San people, as well as the region in which they live and their struggle to maintain cultural traditions in a modern world.

Atlas of the World's Deserts

Author: Nathaniel Harris

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1579583105

Category: Nature

Page: 192

View: 7809


An illustrated look at the major deserts of the world includes coverage of how deserts form; variations in weather, topography, and geography; desert plants and their adaptations; creatures of the desert; and resource extraction and its consequences.