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5.0 out of 5 stars HUNTING WITH THE MOON: The Lions of Savuti., 23 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Hunting with the Moon: Lions of Savuti (Hardcover)
This large book was first published in 1997, has 168 pages, 9 chapters, numerous fantastic colour pictures and end paper maps of SAVUTI. This study of lion prides cover the period between 1979 and 1992. BEVERLY and DERECK JOUBERT are film-makers from Botswana. They have been filming, researching and exploring Africa for 30 years, which has resulted in 22 films, 10 books and 6 scientific papers and many articles for National Geographic magazine. This has resulted in many awards. Beverly is an acclaimed photographer and Dereck's text adds spice to the stories, they tell. They have been honoured by the President of Botswana and their last film (2011) 'The Last Lions' won many awards internationally. Their Company 'Great Plains Conservation' has set aside 1.8m acres in Africa for the wildlife. In 2013, their Company also won awards for best Safari accommodation and best Safari destinations.
Dereck and Beverly's families craved for African wilderness. After University, Dereck (21) and Beverly (20) began their bush career. For 3 years, they ran Game Lodges and then found their own wilderness in OKOVANGO DELTA. Then they spend 13 years on lion observation. They have had their camera, tripod stolen by lions, and jackets and shoes pinched by hyenas. They have slept at night in their open vehicle, surrounded by lions. They fell in love with Savuti, part of CHOBE NP. The water-level of Savuti slowly fell and Jouberts noticed the suffering amongst the wildlife. The river was virtually 'stolen' in front of them.
Next, they wanted to observe lion behaviour at night. In order to come to know the lions, they took their pictures and markings and named the lions. It was a change to watch the cubs playing and exploring, as the adult lions were always killing or fighting. At the age of 3 years, the sub-adults are in trouble, they are ejected. Any female lions following the ejected males, are trouble too, as the females will attract other resident males and this would lead to more trouble for the young male lions. After dark, it was difficult to follow the lions, as the Jouberts tried to stay 100 yards behind. Sometimes they were only 10 yards from the lions. They made night field notes every 1/2 hour.
By now, they had been filming the lions, day and night, for 8 years. Lions avoid hunting at night during the full moon. As the rains come, Dereck gets a bout of malaria. Tsessebes are the fastest antelope in Africa. At night, the lioness gets bold and stalks upright. In the daytime, she will lower her head and propel her body. Lions also become specialists in hunting certain prey. In some parts of Botswana, elephants are lions main prey. Confusion is elephants downfall.
Hyenas have great ability to find weakness in your camp and vehicle. They will steal anything. After a border dispute between 2 hyena clans, the lionesses had to find a quiet place and lick their own wounds. The weight of lionesses usually matches the weight of hyenas, in the battle between these two predators. When the big male lions arrive, the hyenas leave or be killed (Eternal Enemies). Some lions of Savuti are 'hyena killers'. Fallen hyena matriarch's cubs loose all rank.
At the Government Sanction Hunting Concession, west of Chobe NP, many male lions had been shot for trophies. This led to depletion of lions. For every male lion shot, 5 to 14 lions died. In 1994, after a lot of lobbing, hunting was stopped in Botswana. This book ends with a lone old lioness, something tourists won't see in the wild.
Some other books by Beverly and Dereck Joubert are:-
(1) The Africa Diaries, 2000
(2) Elephant in the Kitchen, 2006
(3) Relentless Enemies, 2006
(4) Face to Face with Elephants, 2008
(5) Eye of the Leopard, 2009
(6) Face to Face with lions, 2010
(7) The Last Lions, 2010
(8) Face to Face with Leopards, 2010
(9) African Animal Alphabet, 2011
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should have had more than 5 stars, 1 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Hunting with the Moon: Lions of Savuti (Hardcover)
Having been to the area, I find this book to not only to have very pictures, but it also manages to tell the story of life in a way that tears your "scientific" part of your brain away from the "emotional" part.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Educational, fascinating, and compelling, all in one book., 21 Feb 1998
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I found myself captivated by this book. The text flows smoothly and reads easily, the pictures are insatiably compelling and speak for themselves. The only thing better than reading this book would be to have actually been on the plains of Savuti and to have witnessed what is so awe-inspiringly described in the book. A tribute to all who participated in putting together such an account.
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