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The Life of the Robin
The Life of the Robin
by David Lack
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LIFE OF THE ROBIN, 17 July 2016
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This book was first published in 1943 (1965) 2016, has 248 pages, 16 chapters, numerous beautiful B/W line drawings by Robert Gillmot, 1 B/W photo of David Lack and 2 maps. The introduction of the book is by David Lindo and the postscripts are by David Harper and Peter Lack. DAVID LAMBERT LACK was born on 17.7.1910 in London and educated at Gresham's school Holt, Norfolk and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he studied natural sciences. By the age of 9, he had learnt the names of most birds. After his MA in 1936, he became a school teacher in Dartington Hall, Devonshire. During World war II, Lack served in the British Army working on radar research. From 1945 - 1973, he was director of field ornithology at Oxford University. He wrote many papers and books, his most famous in 1947 - 'Darwin's Finches'. He was awarded with many honours. He was married to Elizabeth Silva and they had 4 children. They lived in Oxford. Lack died, aged 62, on 12.3.1973.
In 1960, robin was Britain's favourite bird. On 7.6.2016, it was voted as Britain's National Bird. Lack did 4 years of observations starting in Jan 1935. These behaviours were confirmed after observing atleast 6 times. The scientific name of English robin is ERITHACUS RUBECULA. Robins are easily trapped between Oct and March, just using old dry bread. They are ringed to distinguish them, using coloured rings. Young birds in nests were also ringed with metal rings. Cock and hen robins look alike and it is the behaviour that distinguishes them. In 4 years, 119 robins were ringed. Best colours were pink, white and yellow rings. Lack also bred robins in captivity (aviaries). Each cock robin holds its territory and chases other robins. Songs and fighting continues in summer.
Robins sing through out the year. By late July, young birds also start singing. Both cock and hen birds sing. The cock bird sings to advertise his territory and in search of hens. Robins can occasionally imitate man or other song birds, especially the young birds. The orange-red breast of robin (Red-breast or Robinet) is used for threat display, both by cock and hen birds. The fighting in robins is by loud song, chasing and occasional striking (grapping with legs and pecking their beaks). By mid December, robin pairs start forming. It is the female who selects the male. She constructs the nest. Courtship feeding takes place when the cock robin start feeding the hen.
Cup shaped nest building starts in March and egg laying is over by May. Common robin eggs are white with small reddish-brown spots. Average life of robin is 1 year. About 60% died in 1 year. The young are independent 8 weeks after the nest was started. Male British robins are non-migratory. 30% of female robins migrate in autumn. Food shortage is the serious cause of widespread death. One tree does not shelter 2 robins. Average territory is about 2 acres. British robin is very tame, but it will not make a pet. Oak forest robins are not tame and tend to migrate in winter. Here, they feed on green caterpillars.
During my early morning walks everyday,I have heard the robins and black birds all year round, and also seen these birds in our garden. Reading this simply written lovely book, has taught me all I needed to know about the British Robin.
Some other books by David lack are:-
(1) Darwin's Finches, 1947 (2010)
(2) Robin Redbreast, 1950 (2008)
(3) Natural Regulation of Animal Numbers, 1954
(4) Swifts in a Tower, 1956 (1976)
(5) Enjoying Ornithology, 1965
(6) Population Studies of Birds, 1966
(7) Ecological Adaptation for Breeding in Birds, 1968
(8) Ecological Isolation in Birds, 1971
(9) Evolution Illustrated by Waterfowl, 1974
(10)Island Biology by Land Birds of Jamaica, 1976
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.

Tiger Lady. Adventures in the Indian jungle.
Tiger Lady. Adventures in the Indian jungle.
by Olive. Smythies
Edition: Hardcover

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4.0 out of 5 stars TIGER LADY, 10 July 2016
This book was first published in 1953, has 230 pages, 19 chapters, 21 B/W photos and 2 sketches. OLIVE SMYTHIES was married to EVELYN ARTHUR SMYTHIES, who was born on 19.3.1885 in Dehradun, India. He was educated at Clifton College and received his degree in geology and diploma in forestry from Oxford in 1908. Based in NainiTal, he worked in the Indian Forest Service from 1908 to 1940. They worked well with Jim Corbett. Their elder son BERTRAM also worked in forestry. Their younger son JOHN RAYMOND was a distinguished Neuropsychiatrist - author of 14 books. E A Smythies died in 1975.
This book covers Olive's own life as the wife of a forest officer in India and Nepal. She went with Evelyn for long tours into the wildest parts of the wild Indian jungles. For last 7 years, they spent in the mysterious and forbidden land of Nepal. Aged 18, Olive left Somerset, England and sailed in march 1911 to Bombay, India and married Evelyn and moved to lovely NainiTal (Lake Narayni). The lake was discovered by the 1st European Mr Brown on 18.11.1841, touring Kumaon Hills. Olive did her 1st march through the forests. She learnt how to shoot. At the rest house, villagers wanted Evelyn to help them when a man-eater tiger had dragged a woman into tall grass. But the tiger escaped.
Olive enjoyed yachting on Lake Naini. She got nearly trapped in a forest fire. A 2nd incident of tiger attack happened and again the tiger escaped with another woman's body. There were a lot of leopards and black bears in the forests. Olive tries to shoot some. Locals came to ask for all sorts of medical help from Olive. When a shop keeper is taken by the man-eater Evelyn sat on a machan and shot him. In July their son Bertram Evelyn (BILL) was born. Olive shot her 1st tiger and soon in 1917 Evelyn was transferred. She kept a tiger cub as a pet but had to let go of it when 2 months old - to a Zoo. As part of the forest march, Evelyn used 2 elephants and 17 camels.
Before home leave, Evelyn developed high fever and malaria and needed 6 months of treatment in England. They also found a good school for Bill. On return to India, Olive gave birth to their 2nd son JOHN. On one of the tiger hunts, the wounded tiger climbed Olive's tree machan, she fell off the tree and the tiger was shot by Evelyn. John when older also went to England for his schooling. Once again hunting from the back of an elephant, Olive heard the booming call of the tiger and the betrayal call of the langur monkey "A-aa-a-aW" to pin point the position of the tiger, leading to successful shot.
In March 1940, Evelyn retired from he Indian forest service and took up the job of forest adviser in Nepal for 3 years. The took 6 months holidays to Kulu and Kashmir. A new 5 bedroom house was built for them in Kathmandu. They were introduced to the Maharaja. Motoring in Nepal was a real nerve strain. But there is 150 miles of beautiful views of the Himalayan mountains. In August 1942, riots started in India against the British and Smythies' made safety in Nepal. from 1941 to 1944, they spent 4 months every year on tour in the Terai jungles, experiencing many adventures. The Chitawan Valley provided them with more adventures. So after 36 years in India/Nepal, they decided it was time to return to England, where they had not visited for 10 years.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) Jungle families, Olive Smythies 1954
(2) Ten Thousand Miles on Elephants, Olive Smythies 1961 (2007)
(3) Big Game Shooting in Nepal, Evelyn A Smythies 1942
(4) The Postage Stamps of Nepal, Evelyn A Smythies 1952
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.

By Candelaria Zapp - Spark Your Dream: A True Life Story Where Dreams Are Fulfilled and We Are Inspired to Conquer Ours
By Candelaria Zapp - Spark Your Dream: A True Life Story Where Dreams Are Fulfilled and We Are Inspired to Conquer Ours
by Candelaria Zapp
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars SPARK YOUR DREAM, 5 July 2016
This book was first published in Spanish in 2005 in Argentina. Later in 2007, it was published in English, has 410 pages, 15 chapters, 121 B/W photos and 11 colour pictures, 12 B/W maps, and endpaper map. CANDELARIA and HERMAN ZAPP wanted to go back packing through South and North America, but when they buy an old 1928 Graham -Paige Car, they decide to service it and use it instead. First, they needed to test it to see it would take the strain for 500 miles. Their plan was to leave on 15.1.2000. All this with no ideas of difficulties to come, roads, mechanics or languages or support. With anxiety and nerves, they leave home for this 6 months journey covering 12,500 miles. (It actually took them 3 and 1/2 years and 43,000 miles). For the 1st 5 days of travel, they spent 3 days fixing the car.
They climb the Andes 12,500ft into Chile. After passing through the driest desert in the World and the valley of the Moon, they enter Bolivia at 15,750ft. After visiting the silver mines, a native carnival, one of the highest cities in the World (Lapaz), they enter Peru (Empire of the Sun), and the city of Capacabana and Lake Titicaca. After visiting an Indian floating village, they climb over 4 days to Lucas Machu Picchu. They drive along the coast and finally cross the bridge into Ecuador. They run out of money and Cande paints to raise some, so they built a large canoe and sail on it with their car, into the Amazon River. When they reach Venezuela (Land of Diamonds), they already had done 9,653 miles in 10 months. They visit Trinidad/Tobago for 10 days, and then pass through Venezuela to the border of Colombia.
While the car is shipped to Panama, Cande and Herman fly there. They pass through Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras and see Mayan ruins. In Guatemala, they visit the Mayan Pyramids. In Belize, Cande finds herself pregnant, after 8 years of marriage. They move into Mexico, 16,800 miles and on the road for 1 year and 9 months. Visiting Cuba, they find empty shops and people with no freedom or dreams. Back in Mexico City, they find the highways crammed with cars and trucks. They re-print their book of travel in Spanish and sell them. They also visit Aztec Pyramids. Their car is hit by a rock on the road, breaking the car light (L), windshield and the roof.
After entering North America, the car gets new paint and battery. They use the lesser roads in USA. Near Houston, the South American community help them to translate and print their book in English. Donations pore in, to improve their car. On 4th June, their son 'Nahuel Pampa' is born. They cross into Canada and visit Montreal and Quebec. By now people help them with accommodation and food. They crisscross between Canada and USA. They visit Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara falls. The car's back axel and fan breaks. When they cross back into USA, it is snowy and icy. The car breaks down again and needs a new piston. They fly and visit Cande's mother for 1 month in Argentina, who has liver tumour.
Back in Detroit, they visit the factory where the Graham car was originally made in 1928. They take Route 66 to Los Angeles, cross USA, passing Grand Canyon. They visit Herman's father in San Francisco. They drive up the Pacific Coast and take a ferry to Vancouver Island to see a car show. The season is changing as they drive North towards Alaska (it only has 2 seasons -this winter and last winter). In August 2003, they had done 42.000 miles in 3 years and 7 months. In Alaska, they pass through Anchorage, Fairbanks, Deadhorse and arrive at Prudhoe Bay (Artic Ocean) - DREAM FULFILLED. The car is sent to Argentina in a container, while the Zapps fly there.
They have also completed a trip through Asia, Australia, Korea, Japan and recently Africa in the same Graham-Paige Car. Up to now they have travelled 200,000 miles in 40 countries taking 13 years. They have had 4 kids, all born in different countries. Next continent on their list is Europe.

Illustrated Africa, North, Tropical, South
Illustrated Africa, North, Tropical, South
by William Dickson (1848-1929) Boyce
Edition: Hardcover

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3.0 out of 5 stars ILLUSTRATED AFRICA, North, Tropical and South, 23 Jun. 2016
This heavy book was first published in 1925, has 676 pages, 3 Parts, 57 chapters, 437 B/W photos and endpaper maps of Africa. WILLIAM DICKSON BOYCE was born on 16.6.1858 in Phim, Pennsylvania and was American newspaper man, entrepreneur, magazine publisher and explorer. He was a founder of boy scouts of America. After making millions, he devoted more time to travelling and expeditions. On 1.1.1884, he married MARY JANE BEACON (1865--1959). They had one son and 2 daughters. After divorce, Boyce married VIRGINIA DORCAS LEE and had 1 daughter. They too divorced. Boyce re-married Mary Jane on 14.6.1913. He did many expeditions and wrote books on South America; United States Colonies; Alaska; Hawaii and Philippines; Australia and New Zealand; and Africa. He died aged 70 on 11.6.1929, of Bronchial Pneumonia, in Chicago and was buried on Ottawa, Illinois.
On 31st Dec, Boyce crossed the gate at Great Wall of FEZ in Morocco and he stayed in the Old Palace of Dar Jamas. He also enjoyed the beautiful Moorish Architecture of Marrakech. He experienced the tension between French Morocco, Muslims and Spanish Morocco. Moving into Algeria, Boyce found a distinct French feel and enjoyed Old Roman ruins, Arab mud houses and beautiful old Mosques, and excellent roads and interesting cities of Algiers, Constantine with its deep George. From Tunisia, he travelled the desert of Libya and then enters Egypt. He visits the pyramids, Sphinx, tombs and temples.
Boyce then moves to Tropical Africa. Dakar on Cape Verde in Senegal is the westernmost point of Africa. He thinks of his personal feelings of " the corruption of white blood by that of the coloured and inferior races". He passes through Nigeria along Niger River, Cameroon River, Cameroon Mountain (13,350ft), crossed the Equator to Banana, the mouth of Congo River. From Angola, he crosses to French Equatorial Africa, Belgium Congo and the Congo and Lualaba Rivers, to Eastern and Central Africa. In Dar-es-Salaam, he sees the German, British and Arab/Indian architecture and visits Lake Tanganyika (green) and Lake Nyasa (deep blue). he then moves on to Mombasa in Kenya and balloons over Nairobi and travels west to the Great Rift Valley and its Volcanoes and then visits Uganda. Next, he visits Sudan, Abyssinia and Somaliland.
Boyce had hunted and ballooned over Africa in 1909 and now he was back there in 1924. He hunts black rhino in Kenya and hippo on Ripon Falls in the Nile in Uganda. After shooting his 1st elephant at Kisii in Kenya, he had no intention of shooting another. He shot lions at Sotik and Loita Plains and even shot a leopard cub after killing the mother !
Boyce then moves on to Southern Africa and spends 6 months visiting Cape Town, Natal, Durban, Zululand, Swaziland, Diamond mines of Kimberley and Johannesburg. Then onto North (Zambia) and South Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Bechuanaland (Botswana), South West Africa (Namibia) and Mozambique. Throughout the book, he talks of we whites and those blacks and worries about, one day the blacks were to take over their land from the whites. The book is certainly a long travel book and narrates life of 1920s.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) From Cape to Cairo, Grogan, 1902 (2010)
(2) Our African Winter, Doyle, 1921 (2009)
(3) With My Wife Across Africa, Statham, 1924
(4) Empty Highways, Pearse, 1935
(5) Our African Adventure, Morden, 1945
(6) Auto Nomad Through Africa, MacArthur, 1951
(7) Lightest Africa, Spencer Chapman, 1955
(8) On Foot Through Africa, Campbell, 1994
(9) Crossing The Heart of Africa, Smith, 2010
(10)A journey Through Time in Africa, Peters/Velsen, 2015
Candelaria and Herman Zapp took 3 and 1/2 years to travel from Cape to Cairo in 2014. I hope to read their book when it is published.
having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.

Tiger Moon
Tiger Moon
by Sunquist
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars TIGER MOON, 19 Jun. 2016
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This book was first published in 1988, has 173 pages, 12 chapters, 69 B/W photos and 1 large map of Royal Chitwan NP. The book is dedicated to 'Rita' and 'Campbell'. In this book, wildlife writer and photographer FIONA SUNQUIST and Professor of wildlife MEL SUNQUIST investigate social behaviour and history of wild tigers. They also come across rhino, sloth bears, elephants, deer and brilliant coloured birds. They worked on tiger ecology project for 2 years. Mel had gone to Nepal in Oct 1974 and Fiona followed him 6 months later. Their camp was on Rapti River. Their transport was an old jeep and 2 female elephants.
Extensive preparations had to be made before capturing a tiger and collar it. Searching for the partially drugged tiger on foot was a nerve-wracking business. The sleepy tiger was weighed, measured, photographed and monitored before a collar was put on its neck. When not tracking tigers, they followed der and leopards. They also had to face the heat, flies and floods. At night, they listened to the sounds of the forest and the wildlife or those of neighbouring villages.
Tracking tigers had its danger. Once a tigress charged a worker, mauled his buttocks, leg and thigh by jumping high at him in the tree. The elephants stampeded and the equipment was thrown. He was taken by elephant, then jeep and by plane to Kathmandu Hospital. He spent 5 months in hospital, having skin grafts and treatment for infection, but was thankfully back to work. The tigress was found to have cubs and attacked. She was not a man-eater (Man-eaters in Chitwan are darted and moved to a Zoo). It is now known that man-eating evolves, tigers that have lost their home ranges to other tigers.
Fiona had to use small grassy hides to photograph wildlife in Chitwan. She was obviously worried about one horn Indian rhino, whose sharp, slashing teeth could cause damage. She was lucky to observe a female leopard and her 3 cubs. Fiona also tracked collared leopards. Many of the leopards died of poisoning. Night tracking of tigers in Moon light helped to see what they were eating. The Roaring tigress called "Ahhaa-oon", deep and hollow, next to their camp at night, putting the tied elephants into panic.
Fiona and Mel visit the Chitwan Tiger Tops Lodge to see tigers at a bait site. After visiting a Nepalese wedding, their time in Nepal was coming to an end. Unable to start their jeep, they used elephant ride to Tardi Bazaar and a truck to Bharatpur Airport, and flew to Kathmandu and then Delhi.
This is another book on tigers.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) With Camera in Tigerland, Champion 1927
(2) Wild Animals of Central India, Brander 1927
(3) The Tiger of Rajasthan, Col Kesri Singh 1959
(4) The World of the Tiger, Perry 1964
(5) The Deer and the Tiger, Schaller 1967
(6) Tiger Haven, Billy Arjan Singh 1967
(7) Tiger, Sankhala 1978
(8) Spell of the Tiger, Montgomery 1995
(9) Tiger, Karanth 2001
(10)Tiger Fire, Valmik Thapar 2013
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.

Harry Black
Harry Black
by David Walker
Edition: Hardcover

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4.0 out of 5 stars HARRY BLACK, 30 May 2016
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This novel was first published in 1956, has 320 pages, 21 chapters and 1 map. The book is dedicated to Colin Mckenzie. DAVID HARRY WALKER was born on 9.2.1911 in Dundee, Scotland, educated in Shrewsbury and went to Sandhurst and commissioned in Black Watch. He served in India, Sudan and Canada. In 1940 in France during 2nd World War, he was captured and remained prisoner of war for 5 years. Many of his novels have been turned into films. He married WILLA MAGEE on 27.4.1939 in Montreal. They had 4 sons. In 1945, he was awarded MBE. After retirement from the army, he emigrated to St Andrew's, Canada in 1948. He died, aged 81, on 5.3.1992. In this novel, he sets the story in India explaining the tension and awfulness of a tiger hunt.
Bapu the tracker, was searching for tiger pug marks in Rimli Valley near Garda River. Harry Black checked the buffalo baits, but there was no sign of the man-eater. They go to the forest rest-house as it was getting dark in Feb Indian winter. Harry's leg was hurting again after the old injury in the 2nd World War. The lame tiger had killed 47 people and a woman 1 day ago. Next day, Harry and Bapu go to the elephant pool. They find a freshly killed male sambar in tall grass with fang marks on his neck. A tiger was about. Then the storm came and Harry spent whole night in the tree machan. In the morning, a tiger came and Harry shoots. But it was not the 'bad one'. Next day, a woman is killed. The 'bad one' was still in Rimli. They immediately follow the tiger and come to a woman's garment and black hair. Further on, the tiger charges, Harry shoots and wounds the tiger, but gets mauled himself. He was taken to the 'Tanners' house.
The tiger had moved beyond the mountains to Ranipur and killed 2 more. Then a man is killed in the foothills of the mountains. Still not moving well, Harry summons his men to the forest house, in the evening, to the Rimli Pass. The tiger came in the early hours of the morning, sneaking behind Harry. Harry shoots and shouted and the tiger escaped.
Then a child of 10 years had vanished. Following the forest trees at night, Harry shot and wounded a tiger again, who was dragging its 4th leg. They search for the tiger from the back of 'Begum' - the elephant, but could not find it. Harry agrees to meet Bapu at the rocks above the pool and below the caves. When Harry arrives there, he found Bapu mauled near his empty gun. Bapu still alive pleaded Harry to shoot him. The tiger had dragged Bapu 30 yards. He must be close, behind the rock or in the cave. Suddenly, the tiger coughed and Harry shoots and the tiger passed him, limping and smacking Harry's double barrel rifle. The tiger was watching Harry. He could charge again anytime. When he did, Harry gave him both barrels and shot the tiger dead. This rifle was provided by Desmond Tanner, who had heard the shots and followed Harry. Poor Bapu had also died, who wanted his bones left in this secret place.
In 1958, Fox produced a film based on this book -'Harry Black and the Tiger', with Stewart Granger, I S Johar, Anthony Steel and Barbara Rush. The DVD of this film was released in 2012 by Odeon, running time 104mts and in Widescreen 2.35.1.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) Man-eaters of Tsavo, John Henry Patterson, 1909 (2009)
(2) Mauled by Tiger, Strachan, 1933 (2008)
(3) Man-eaters of Kumaon, Jim Corbett, 1944 (1989)
(4) Man-eaters and Jungle Killers, Kenneth Anderson, 1957 (2011)
(5) The Hunter is Death, Bulpin, 1968 (2014)
(6) Man-eater, Ted Willis, 1976
(7) Man-eaters, Capstick, 1993
(8) Shikar Stories, Ruskin Bond, 2002
(9) Man-eater (Shikar), Jack Warner, 2003
(10)Man-eater, Guy Smith, 2009
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.

That good physician
That good physician
by Brian O'Brien
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars THAT GOOD PHYSICIAN: The Life and Work of Albert and Katherine Cook of Uganda, 24 May 2016
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This book was first published in 1962, has 251 pages, 18 chapters, 16 B/W photos and excellent endpaper maps. BRIAN O'BRIEN first went to Africa in 1919 to barter for ivory and gold for brass and calico. He was for many years a journalist and writer. He opened trade posts and routes in Cameroon, Spanish Guinea and Gabon. He returned to Africa in 1939, spending more time in East Africa. Later, he took USA citizenship. In this book, he narrates beautifully the story of Sir Albert Cook and his wife Katherine (Timpson), who spent all their lives as doctor and nurse against all odds in Uganda.
ALBERT RUSKIN COOK was born on 22.3.1870 in Hampstead, London. His father was a GP and his mother a church worker. After the death of his father, Albert was brought up by his mother along with his 12 brothers and sisters. His hobby was reading about Africa. In 1888, he took his BSc and his MD in 1891. After listening to Henry Morton Stanley and finishing his hospital training, he applied to become a Medical Missionary in Uganda. In Sept 1896, he sailed away from England. From Mombasa, the safari was ready to start on 28.11.1896. At Keiti River, Albert performed his 1st African operation on a missionary Allen. At Fort Machakos, they could see Mt Kenya to the North and Mt Kilimanjaro to the South. That night they camped at a swampy river - Nairobi. On 19th Feb, after 84 days, they arrived in Uganda.
Albert moved to Namirembe Hill (hill of peace) at Mengo (Kampala - herd of impala). On 22.2.1897, Albert started his clinic. By 1st of May, 1st Mengo Hospital was opened. He started his operations, clinics and vaccinations. The tropical diseases were not yet known. The mission had to sustain Mwanga and his uprising chiefs. Albert also took up his rifle. The stench of the dead and the sight of the hyena fighting over them, was nasty. Wounded were moved to the hospital in Kampala. In 1898, Albert acquired a bicycle for transport. He did surgical operations infront of an audience, to reassure people that he was not killing patients to eat them ! he visited western Uganda, Fort Portal, Ruwenzori mountains, got fever, pulled his own tooth and came back with weight loss. On return, he asked Katherine to marry him. They were married on 20.3.1900.
Albert's brother Dr Jack, joined him for work at Namirembe. Soon, a new 50 bed hospital was opened. Contacting typhoid fever, Albert was ill for 6 weeks. In 1901, Albert and Katherine went on leave to England for 1 year. On return, Albert did his visits on his bicycle. In 1904, a new brick Cathedral was built followed by a new brick double maltase cross hospital. In march 1904. the Cook's daughter - Margaret (mangalita) was born. As more European doctors and nurses joined the mission, so did patients come from far and wide. In 1909, a new isolation Roosevelt block was opened. In 1910, lightning struck the St Paul's Cathedral, which had to be built once again. Just as the Cooks had climbed Mt longonot, they now climbed Mt Elgon and watched the famous caves and Tracey Falls in 1914. By 1916, Ist World war and epidemics were raging. In 1917, Mengo Medical School was opened. Albert was decorated with OBE and Katherine with MBE in England. In 1920, Dr jack retired to England due to bad health. In 1921, maternity training school was opened.
By now, it was 25 years of the Cooks in Uganda. Both suffered from recurrent malaria. Albert also had phlebitis of leg, chronic dysentery and deafness. They built their house at Makindye (hill of doves) facing Lake Victoria. Margaret had done to England to study medicine. After graduating in 1925, she joined her father at Mengo Hospital. Albert was knighted in 1932. Margaret married Gordon Bax, who worked for Shell. Felicity - Cooks granddaughter was comfort to Albert. Lady Cook died of severe malaria on 17.5.1938. Everyday, Sir Albert was getting old and weaker and he died, aged 81, on 23.4.1951. He was buried with Royal Bark Cloth next to Katherine in the Garden beside the Great Red Cathedral of St Paul on Nemirembe Hill.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) Uganda Memories, Sir Albert Cook, 1945
(2) Under The Sun, JR Gregory, 1952
(3) The Long Safari, Bernard Glemser, 1971
(4) Surgeon on Safari, Jorden, 1976
(5) Kilimanjaro Tales, Latham, 1994
(6) They Call Me Mama Daktari, Anne Spoerry, 1997
(7) No Turning Back, Michael Wood, 2001
(8) Daktari, Rees, 2002
(9) A Medical Safari, Richard Evans, 2006
(10)A Uganda Diary, Hopwood, 2009
having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this wonderful book.

Soul of the Rhino: A Nepali Adventure with Kings and Elephant Drivers, Billionaires and Bureaucrats, Shamans and Scientists and the Indian Rhinoc (Explorers Club Book)
Soul of the Rhino: A Nepali Adventure with Kings and Elephant Drivers, Billionaires and Bureaucrats, Shamans and Scientists and the Indian Rhinoc (Explorers Club Book)
by Hemanta R. Mishra
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.95

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4.0 out of 5 stars SOUL OF THE RHINO, 13 May 2016
This book was first published in 2008, has 216 pages, 21 chapters, 17 B/W photos and 1 map of Royal Chitwan NP. The book is dedicated o author's colleagues who died in an helicopter crash in Nepal in 2006. The foreword is by Bruce Babbitt and Jim Fowler. HEMANTA RAJ MISHRA was born on 21.9.1945 in Nepal. He began his field career in 1967 with the Nepalese Government and has worked with Smithsonian Institute, WWF and made extensive scientific studies od large Asian wild animals. He has been awarded in 1987, the Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize and credited with halting the extinction of Asian Rhino (nose horn) and the tiger in Nepal. he lives in Vienna, Virginia. In this book, Mishra narrates his own journey since 1970 and that of the Indian Rhino, in the foothills of the Himalayans.
Mishra's (aged 22) first sight of the Asian rhino was when he was ridding an elephant through the forests of Chitwan NP (Royal Shikar Reserve). The male rhino huffed, puffed and snorted - 'dburr dburr' and the female rhino whistled - 'kuiee kuiee'. Rhinos were 8 years old and would come into heat together. Another 2 ton male rhino was seen in the Rapti River, in the southern Nepal forests. Mishra was learning from his elephant keeper - Tapsi. He put his study of biology and forestry to good use. Mishra continued to observe rhinos from the back of elephants, treetops, hidden in trees and from a helicopter. The census showed that rhino numbers had dropped drastically to 100 in 1968.
In 1969, Mishra had gone for 2 years to University of Edinburgh, Scotland for his masters degree in wildlife management. In 1972, he went to Yellowstone NP, USA to learn about the 1st Np in the world and then returned to Nepal to establish in 1973, the Chitwan NP, with the help of John Blower from East Africa. Tiger Tops and Tharu Village Lodges were built. Mishra captured baby rhino for American Zoo, in exchange for funds for saving wild rhinos in Nepal. Rhinos were also moved to Royal Bardia NP, 2nd home of the rhino in Nepal, in Jan 1987. Mishra moved 13 rhinos here and then spent 3 years studying them, during which time 5 new calves were born. In the next 2 months, 25 more rhinos were moved from Chitwan to Bardia, some crop raiders. Rhinos were retuned to Bardia after 100 years. The last rhino had been shot in Bardia by a British Hunter in 1878.
Then in 2005, civil war started in Nepal and the rhino numbers dropped sharply due to poaching. But according to WWF, the rhino numbers by 2015 have increased by 21% to 645 and poaching had dropped to Zero.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) Rhinos Belong to Everybody, Prof Grzimek 1964
(2) The Arm'd Rhinoceros, Nick Carter 1965
(3) Run Rhino Run, Martin 1982
(4) Ivory Crisis, Parker 1983
(5) Rhino, Balfour 1991
(6) Rhino at the Brink of Extinction, Anna Merz 1999
(7) Killing for Profit, Rademeyer 2012
(8) Rhino Keepers, Walker 2012
(9) The Last Rhino (Walking with Rhino), Anthony 2013
(10)Black Rhinos of Namibia, Bass 2014
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.

Vanishing Amazon
Vanishing Amazon
by Mirella Ricciardi
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars VANISHING AMAZON, 3 May 2016
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This large heavy book was first published in 1991, has 238 pages, 9 chapters, numerous beautiful massive close-up B/W and colour photos and 1 colour map of Brazilian Amazon. MIRELLA RICCIARDI was born on 14.7.1931 in Nairobi, Kenya, to an Italian father (Marco) and French mother (Giselle). Aged 25, she married Lorenzo Ricciardi (Born 11.5.1930). They had 2 daughters. The older -Marina - died of cancer aged 36 and the 2nd daughter -Amina - awarded Mirella with her 1st grand child. Mirella left Kenya for good and settled part in London and part in Italy. In this book, Mirella captures the vanishing world of Indian tribes living in the rain forests of Brazilian Amazon. over 3 and 1/2 months. It was her toughest and most demanding ordeal with heat, insects, language barrier and rough living conditions.
Mirella explains the origins and cultures of these forest people and their future. from their light aircraft, they could see devastation of the forests all around. Then they used canoes to go into the interior. They were bitten all over by insects and the heat and humidity was terrific. They spent 2 weeks studying the lives of KAMPA Amazonian Indians. The Kampa wore clothes and painted their faces red.
Looking for an airstrip in the forest, Mirella and friends eventually landed at the MARUBO forest Indians area. These Indians were naked with white beads passing through their noses. At the end of the week, Mirella's arms and legs were swollen du to insect bites, heat and humidity. After unable to visit other tribes, she decided to go up north of Brazil.
She headed for BOA VISTA near the Venezuelan border, to visit the large YANOMAMI tribe. The Gold prospectors had left, leaving these Indians in peace. Mirella flew into the forests and then walked to the villages, surrounded by tall trees and high blue-grey mountains of GUIANA Highlands. The Yanomami lived under a large circular thatched construction. They were all naked. It got dark at 6pm and the Indians slept in their hammocks. Mirella photographed this tribe for 10 days. The Indians practiced spiritual healing and used alternate medicines. A bush doctor visited for serious illnesses. During her stay in this hot jungle, she was bitten by mosquitoes and she drank from pure streams, but was never ill. Yanomami had barely recovered from assault on their land, health and way of life. There numbers are slowly recovering.
Like her previous books, Mirella has published large wonderful pictures, this time of forest Indians living in their beautiful environment.
Some other books by Mirella Ricciardi are:-
(1) Vanishing Africa, 1971
(2) Voyage of the 'Mir-El-Lah', 1980
(3) African Saga, 1981
(4) African Rainbow, 1989
(5) African Visions, 2000
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.

Daktari: A Surgeon's Adventures with the Flying Doctors of East Africa
Daktari: A Surgeon's Adventures with the Flying Doctors of East Africa
by Thomas D. Rees
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars DAKTARI, 30 April 2016
This book was first published in 2002, has 176 pages, 16 chapters, 30 colour photos and 1 map. The book is dedicated to AMREF and the Flying Doctors of East Africa. It narrates a surgeon's adventures in East Africa. DR THOMAS D REES was born and raised in Utah. He qualified Medicine at University of Utah and fellowship in plastic surgery at Queen Victoria Hospital, London. Since 1957, he had made annual trips to East Africa on behalf of Flying Doctors of Africa. For 43 years, he had been a plastic surgeon in New York City. He was sculpturing African animals and people in his spare time. He resided in New York and Santa Fe with his wife NAN (died in May 2015). Dr Thomas Rees died on 14.11.2013.
The flying doctors was founded in 1956, by Sir Archibold McIndoe (died 1960 of heart attack), Sir Michael Wood (died 1987) and Dr Thomas rees. AMREF is the parent organisaation of the flying doctors of Africa. Dr Rees adventures of east Africa began when he saved the life of a Maasai with a rhino horn abdominal injury, on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. The Maasai had lost a lot of blood and had walked for miles to get help. With no anaesthesia and very few instruments, he repaired the abdominal wall and bowels. After the night, the Maasai was flown to Arusha Hospital. In 1956, Dr Rees had flown to nairobi from London, as an adventure, but landed up operating on patients with burn deformities and worse, at Princes Elizabeth Hospital (Kenyatta National Hospital) Nairobi.
Mr Wood, Mr McIndoe and Dr Rees talked at Kilimanjaro farm of Mr McIndoe and started the flying doctors of east Africa. Surgical safaris were started to Mission Hospitals using small planes. Fund raising was difficult in Africa and had to be made in America and Europe. People were grateful for help, but did not express or show it openly. On his time off, Dr Rees took his family to Maasai Mara and visited the massive game there. Their next safari was to Ngorongoro caldera and Serengeti in Tanzania in 1978. They also visited Ndutu (a place of peace). During idi Amin's Uganda revolution, the flying doctors were forced to camcel all their activities. Thoer next surgical safari was to Lake Paradise Hospital at Marsabit, NFD, Kenya.
After a clinic at Lodwar, they flew to Lake Turkana Fishing Lodge, where they met Prince Charles in 1971. Trying to relax at Ole Naishu (land of honey) farm on the north west of Mt Kenya, Dr Rees and Nan were involved in forest fires and a man with possible spinal injury.
The book ends with a chapter on Dr Rees family history and struggle. He also narrates his own struggle to start a plastic surgeon's career. In Africa, he worries about corruption every where and destruction of wildlife and their habitat.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) Under the Sun, JR Gregory, 1952
(2) Uganda Memories, Sir Albert R Cook, 1945
(3) The Long Safari, bernard Glemser, 1971
(4) Surgeon on Safari, Jorden, 1976
(5) Kilimanjaro Tales, Latham, 1994
(6) They Call Me Mama Daktari, Anne Spoerry, 1997
(7) No Turning back, Michael Wood, 2001
(8) A Medical Safari, Richard Evans, 2006
(9) Shimmering Heat, Webster, 2007
(10)Begin by Loving Again, Morrow, 2015
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.

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