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5.0 out of 5 stars THE MARSH LIONS
This book was first published in 1982(2012), has 210 pages, 24 wonderful colour pictures by Angie Scott, 13 beautiful B/W line drawings by Jonathan Scott and 1 map of northwest of Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The book is dedicated to Brian Jackman's wife Annabelle and Jonathan Scott's mother Margaret Scott. This book was followed by TV Big Cat Diary 15 years later and this...
Published on 29 April 2012 by Dr S. S. Nagi

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Marsh lions
As I sent it on for a present, I cannot comment on the content, all I can say is that it looked oK
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE MARSH LIONS, 29 April 2012
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Dr S. S. Nagi "Nyrobe" (united kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This book was first published in 1982(2012), has 210 pages, 24 wonderful colour pictures by Angie Scott, 13 beautiful B/W line drawings by Jonathan Scott and 1 map of northwest of Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The book is dedicated to Brian Jackman's wife Annabelle and Jonathan Scott's mother Margaret Scott. This book was followed by TV Big Cat Diary 15 years later and this volume brings the story of Marsh Lions upto date. The story started in 1978 and ended in 1981.
Mara (spotted) was declared a National Reserve in 1948 and its boundry was extended in 1961. Recently, Mara lion numbers have dropped by 30%. Water level of Mara River is also lower. In 1984, Mara lost 10% of its area to the Maasai. However, in 2000, vast areas were set aside with the help of the Maasai for wildlife as wildlife conservancies. Mara is still one of the best places to see African big cats.
'Dark Mane' was the big black maned lion of Musiara Marsh. He shared the area with 2 males and 4 female lionesses. One of the females was a bit aggresive - 'Notch'. Her sister is 'Shadow' and their mother- 'Old Girl'. Other prides in north Mara were 'Kichwa Tembo', 'Miti Mbili' and 'Paradise' prides. One day Notch charged a Maasai one early morning. Soon they called her 'Mama Kali' - fierce woman. 'Makubwa', 'Scar' and 'Brando'- male lions, took over Marsh and Miti Mbili areas. The Marsh lionesses had their litter at the same time, during the wildebeeste migration. Notch was now the oldest lioness and her boys were growing into handsome big males with heavy manes. As the Miti Mbili pride approached the Marsh Pride territory, they were chased off by the Marsh Lions. By 1978, wild dogs - wolves of Africa, were disappearing from Mara. These lions roar boomed across the Mara.
Even though some cubs had died, most of them were now subadults and powerful. Then in 1980, nomadic lions(WAGENI-strangers) started coming into this territory. The cats and other animals were monitored for further 2 years, with many surprises. 5 years of studing them came to an end in 1981. For next 10 years, Jonathan Scott, kept an eye on the Mara Lions. Here, he met his wife Angie and they were married on the top of Siria Escarpment, with local Maasai as friends. The Miti Mbili(Two trees) had fallen and the area was named 'Bila Shaka'(without fail). The book ends with the story brought upto date in 2011.
Brian Jackman narrates the scenes and life of the Maasai Mara, like a beautiful poem, enriched by colour photos by Angie Scott and B/W drawings by Jonathan Scott. Having visited Mara 5 times and lucky enough to witness it from the balloon 4 times, it is truely a magical place to enjoy the natural beauty of Kenya and its wildlife.
Some other books by Angie and Jonathan Scott are:-
(1) Kingdom of Lions 1992
(2) Roaring at Dawn 1995
(3) Dawn to Dusk 1996
(4) Safari Guide to East African Animals 1998
(5) Mara Serengeti 2000
(6) Stars of Big Cat Diary 2009
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.
Read and ENJOY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Marsh Lions, 8 Dec. 2012
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This was an excellant read thoroughly reccomend it.It was nice to see that while it was factual it made good reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought my son in law this before his visit to ..., 20 April 2015
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Bought my son in law this before his visit to the Masai Mara - the Marsh Pride descendants are still there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 July 2014
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Everything perfect. Great Service!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 7 Jun. 2012
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For those that are passionate about Africa and wildlife as well, this is a must have, must read and probably re-read book. The detail sometimes pushes to underlining sentences or facts.First published in 1982 and revised 30 years after (2012), and lived well before that, we sense that the problems that face wildlife are the same, over time, and either in Africa( e.g., lions in Kenya) or somewhere else ( e.g.,wolves in the US), and still, we have not managed to learn and preserve what we "own".
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Marsh lions, 4 Jan. 2013
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As I sent it on for a present, I cannot comment on the content, all I can say is that it looked oK
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