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  • Paperback: 518 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; New edition edition (15 Mar. 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226736407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226736402
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book conveys not only the fascination of its particular study of lion behavior but the drama and wonder and beauty of the intimate interdependence of all living things." - Saturday Review "If you have only enough time to read one book about field biology, this is the one I recommend." - Edward O. Wilson, Science "This is an important book, not just for its valuable information on lions, but for its broad, open, and intelligent approach to problems that cut across the fields of behavior, populations, ecology, wildlife management, evolution, anthropology, and comparative biology." - Richard G. Van Gelder, Bioscience "By the time the reader has finished this book, the Serengeti, its landscapes, seasons, and wildlife, takes shape in the mind as a complex and epic poem, each part a function of every other part and each part a function of the whole." - George Stade, New York Times Book Review"

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""George B. Schaller is a senior conservationist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and Vice President of Panthera, a foundation devoted to the conservation of wild cats.He is the author of many books, including "The Mountain Gorilla" and "The Last Panda," both published by the University of Chicago Press. "


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Excellent work by George Schaller. He Takes an intimate look at almost every aspect of lion behavior and social dynamics. From hunting behavior to a lionesses motherly love of her cubs, he takes you into their realm. Schaller gives you a detailed scientific look into what is happening in the life of lions and their world. He backs up his judgements with his own research and the research of others. A must read for any lion enthusiast.
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By Ellie on 11 Feb. 2013
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Although this book is somewhat dated it still is important in the history of lions in Africa. Some really interesting facts. I found it a relatively easy read as well for a novice conservationist.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x939c8990) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0x939fd528) out of 5 stars The Best of All Lion Books 27 Oct. 2000
By Timbalionguy - Published on Amazon.com
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Many books have been written about lions, but 'The Serengeti Lion' is by far the best. Even though it was published nearly 30 years ago, it's information is still considered authorative by many researchers. The fact that it has remained in print all these years-- longer than any other lion book-- attests to it's continuing popularity. Unlike most popular wildlife books, 'The Serengeti Lion' is a scientific paper. It has not been 'watered down' for the masses. Instead, Schaller writes with a an open, very readable style while still presenting the hard information. In fact, it is hard to put this book down. The book is profusely illustrated with drawings and maps. There is also a photos section. Appendices contain numerous detailed tables and charts of lion data, as well as an extensive bibliography. Several short appendices also deal with the lion's co-predators and favorite prey. If you can own but one book about lions, this should be it!
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HASH(0x939fd57c) out of 5 stars Serengeti Lion a Study of Predator-Prey Relations. 13 Jan. 2000
By K Susan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Predators are the best wildlife managers," writes George Schaller. His book from the "Wildlife Behavior and Ecology Series" is a result of a three year study in the Serengeti National Park. Supplemented by charts and action-depicting photos and drawings, the book describes almost every aspect of lion life, from social structure and behavior within the group to food habits, hunts and the impact of predation on prey population. Although it briefly mentions other predators (mainly the cheetah, leopard, wild dog and some others), the book concentrates mainly on the lion and is highly recommended to any lion fancier or serious conservationist.
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HASH(0x939fd9b4) out of 5 stars A Detailed Study of the Life of Lions 7 Sept. 1998
By Justin Chandlr-Aston (garfield1@bigfoot.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excellent work by George Schaller. He Takes an intimate look at almost every aspect of lion behavior and social dynamics. From hunting behavior to a lionesses motherly love of her cubs, he takes you into their realm. Schaller gives you a detailed scientific look into what is happening in the life of lions and their world. He backs up his judgements with his own research and the research of others. A must read for any lion enthusiast.
HASH(0x939fdd80) out of 5 stars Just the lions. How wonderful! 3 Dec. 2015
By Peregrine in exile - Published on Amazon.com
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When I was reading this book I was asked what is the stupid point of reading a book about lions while you are in a farm in Maine? I was taken by surprise. Isn't it obvious? I thought. Well, I said, because first I like animals and everything about them I find inexhaustibly interesting but also because I believe that learning about animal behaviour enriches the understanding of human nature. C. Jung wrote that animals hold the purest aspects of ourselves. In this book, Schaller gives us an unbiased look at the social dynamics of the pride and (for me that is) gave light to some behaviour in common with humans.
When one is in awe with a book makes the task of writing about so much more difficult. So I will limit myself to say that the most remarkable aspect of this book and , I believe sets it apart from others that hold the same task is that this book reflects the plain observation of the animals from the field. It did not started with a premise, a theory, something to prove, no, but the plain and raw observation of the lions. And for this alone, this book is extra-ordinary. The author is not in it, he is not trying to entertain the reader, he wrote what he saw and he shared it in a book form for the rest of us to take a wee peak at this wonderful animal world. For that alone it deserves a galaxy of stars.
HASH(0x939fde64) out of 5 stars Great book! 31 Dec. 2013
By R. Steven Page - Published on Amazon.com
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In this ground-breaking research, George Schaller invites us into the intimate lives of various lion prides in the Serengeti. I read this book in college back in 1980 and I recently revisited it. Schaller writes both with scientific rigor and a dry, laughable wit. On the latter, Schaller quotes "and Turner told me of a poacher who tried to escape by swimming a river and was apprehended by a crocodile instead." Priceless.
Schaller also reveals lion behavior counter to what is commonly accepted by the general public. For example, lionesses are typically portrayed as doting mothers while male lions are depicted as lazy, thieving louts. Schaller showed that when prey is small, greedy lionesses wax fat while their cubs starve to death, whereas male lions will drive off the females and allow cubs to feed.
In sum, Schaller makes a persuasive argument that as the ultimate apex predator, we humans have an obligation to preserve these magnificent beasts. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Reading this book, you will learn both about lions and human behavior. Buy it.
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