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Pursuing Giraffe: A 1950s Adventure (Life Writing) Paperback – 1 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press (1 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889204632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889204638
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,217,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is...about one person s intellectual imagination, spirit of adventure, and daring: where she has long dreamed of going, where others either say she shouldn t or cannot go, and some work against her going, she goes....Anne Innis Dagg has written a brave and moving account of her time as a young white woman travelling and doing research in Southern and East Africa. --Mark Behr, author of "The Smell of Apples" and "Embrace""

About the Author

Anne Innis Dagg graduated with a biology degree from the University of Toronto and earned her PhD in animal behaviour from the University of Waterlooabefore many women made careers in science. She has published numerous books and articles on animal behaviour and on feminist issues, including The Feminine Gaze: A Canadian Compendium of Non-Fiction Women Authors and Their Books, 1836-1945 (WLU Press, 2001).

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Format: Paperback
This book was first published in 2006, has 273 pages, 19 chapters, 42 B/W photos and 2 maps. The foreword is by Mark Bahr, Novelist from South Africa. ANNE INNIS DAGG was born in 1933 and was brought up in Toronto. She graduated with Biology degree from the University of Toronto and earned her PhD in animal behaviour from University of Waterloo. Her love for the giraffe took her to Africa. Aged 23, she went to South Africa and learnt about apartheid (apart-hate) and racism in Africa. She also visited Tanganyika, Kenya, Zanzibar, Victoria Falls and climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in 1956. She went to study the giraffe near Kruger NP, Tanganyika (Tanzania), Kenya and South Rhodesia. She was the 1st Zoologist to go to Africa to study the behaviour of any wild animal.
Dagg was offered the opportunity to study the giraffe on a farmers ranch in South Africa. In May 1956, she sailed from Montreal to London and then South Africa on 19.7.1956. From Port Elizabeth, Dagg is driven to Grahamstown. She buys a 1950 green Ford and names it 'Camelo'. She studies more information about the giraffe at Rhodes University. She drives 1,000 miles north to "FLEUR-DE-LYS" farm. Part of this farm was a Game reserve area. It is here that Dagg finds many giraffes and sable and starts observing the giraffe. She makes notes and identifies each individual and their communications and behaviours. Then she sees her first snake -a spitting cobra. She films the giraffe actions, including their homosexual behaviour. After a giraffe is shot, Dagg studies its parts and organs.
While in Pretoria, Dagg sees an OKAPI in the zoo and she learns that her giraffes have been eating 32 different kinds of plants. She observes the giraffes at night and watches then lick salt from the ground.
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