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Cry of the Kalahari [Paperback]

Mark Owens , Delia Owens
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24 Jun 1993
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.
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  • Paperback: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade); Reissue edition (24 Jun 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395647800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395647806
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 731,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1974 Mark and Delia Owens, two young American scientists, auctioned off everything they owned and travelled to Africa. They were determined to study the great carnivores before lack of conservation policies led to the final destruction of African wildlife. 'Cry of the Kalahari' is the story of their seven years with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, birds, shrews, lizards and the many other creatures they came to know; it tells how they survived and conducted research in one of the last and largest pristine areas on earth.

"As exciting a book about African wildlife as ever you have read"

"It is another 'Born Free'"

"For anyone interested in animals or in real life adventure, for anyone fascinated by the desert, its harsh cruelty punctuated by spells of green beauty, this book is a must. It provides unique, enthralling and extremely significant insights into the behaviour of the lions and other carnivores of the Kalahari"

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cry of the Kalahari 22 Sep 2010
By iAfrica
A must read for all who love Africa and are moved by the sad reality of our planet loosing so much of it's wilderness to the ever growing demands of mankind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great pre-safari read 13 Feb 2010
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Having never been Africa or been on a safari before this book was recommended to me whilst trying to decide which country or areas to visit. It's a fascinating account of the dedicated work of the two young students leaving everything behind to study the animals of the Kalahari desert in Botswana. Their encounters with the lions were truly remarkable, and despite opting to visit Tanzania in the end, this book provided a great insight into the African wilderness before setting off.

Highly recommended, and even if you're not planning going on a safari, I suspect you will by the end!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Africa,Nature?Try this one. 5 Jun 2003
I have a deep interest in Africa and its natural wildlife .This book is one of the best I have read to date.It is written with warmth and beauty.The descriptions of the animals and their antics are amazing,often humorous,sometimes touching,sometimes frightening.Through this book you want to be with this brave couple in their Kalahari camp,though deep inside grateful for the safety and comfort of home.
If you enjoy Laurens Van Der Post,chances are you will love this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 16 Mar 2014
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I'm going to be working in the Kalahari and this was required reading, a wonderful book by some pioneering conservationists. Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you love African wildlife 27 April 2000
By Joseph McCauley - Published on
Of the many books I've read about wildlife, this one sticks in my mind as one of the best, even though it's been several years since I first read it. Some books like George Schaller's "The Serengeti Lion" have more sceintific bent and therefore keep a 'professional distance' from the animals, while others such as those by Joy Adamson and Gareth Patterson become very personal with the animals and lose much of their objectivity. But Mark and Delia Owens find a happy medium between the two extremes, one where we learn a lot about the lions, brown hyenas and other animals they study in the Kalahari desert, but also come to know some of the individuals among these animals as friends.
We also get a taste of life in the Kalahari desert in the middle of Botswana, some of the hardships and life-threatening situations encountered by the Owenses. And we share the issues and concerns they tried to raise in the governments and landowners of the territories where they spent seven years living and studying animals.
At various times this book made me smile. It made me mad. It made me sad. It made me laugh. And it made me wish I could spend a few years of my life studying and living among wildlife as they did.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating account by two inspiring people 25 Feb 1997
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This book has been out for many years, but I just finally got around to reading it. It holds a well-deserved place on the shelf of classic nature writing. Like this book's sequel, Eye of the Elephant (which I read several years ago), the Owens have written an incredible account of their experiences studying wildlife in Africa. Cry of the Kalahari is the story of their seven years in the Kalahari desert, living among the lions, hyenas, jackals, and myriad of other creatures that share this doomed habitat. The Owens' dedication and hard work are truly amazing and their insights into the lives of these animals are fascinating. As the authors write in their foreward to the book, it is not intended to be a authoritative scientific account of the Kalahari ecosystem, but a layman's introduction to the animals of this unique place on earth. For readers who enjoy nature writing, this should be on one's list of must-read books
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Words To Describe... 26 July 2004
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This book was absolutely fantastic. I laughed, I cried, and I felt like I was living in the Kalahari along with the authors and their wild friends. When I finished the book, I logged onto Amazon to see if the Owens' had written any more books on Africa. Couldn't find any, but I promise if they write any more, I will buy the hardback! Enjoy this wonderful book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read while in the Kalahari 29 Jun 1998
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I took this book with me on my own exploration into this great desert and was inspired by the book's wonderful decriptions and insights.
Now, I simply re-read the book everytime I need to visit Africa in my mind. For those people who wish to explore and experience (non-tourist) Africa this is a great place to start.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will make you laugh and cry and everything in between. 22 April 1999
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This is an incredibly well written book for animal lovers, nature lovers, and environmentalists, and if you aren't any of the above, you will be. It shows how individual animals each have their own personality: shy, funny, mischievous, affectionate, docile. It proves how mankind is willing to sacrifice animals' lives and environment for the sake of money, be it diamond mining, hunting, cattle grazing, or whatever suits the wallet. Their should be more people who realize and are willing to try to do something about it, like Mark and Delia Owens.
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