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All Things Wild and Wonderful Paperback – 30 Apr 2003

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  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd; Re-issue edition (30 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140259295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140259292
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was first published in 1996 (2003), has 275 pages, 2 maps and 15 colour pictures with numerous beautiful B/W drawings by Rob Wishart. The book is dedicated to author's Mum and Dad. KOBIE KRUGER was born on a farm in the Northern Province, South Africa. She met her husband KOBUS at the university of Pretoria and they lived in Windhoek (Namibia) and Johannesburg before moving to KRUGER National Park in 1980. They have 3 daughters -Hettie, Sandra and Karin. Her husband was a Game Ranger. After spending 11 years in MAHLANGENI region in the north, they are transfered in 1991, first to Crocodile Bridge and then in 1994 to Pretorius Kop, in the south of Kruger National Park.
The new house at Crocodile Bridge was right on the Crocodile River, with a spitting cobra outside and bats inside the house. Kobie had a great problem remembering names and faces. The most thing alarmed and distressed her was the 'telephone'. LIONS IN THE NORTH KRUGER STILL HAD NATURAL FEAR OF MAN. In their 3 years stay here, she had filled 3 and 1/2 books of 200 pages with messages by phone! A lion is injured after shooting and Kobus is attacked on his left leg, and then taken to Komatipoort clinic and then to Nelspruit Hospital. After 1 month of treatment and skin grafting, he was home. Kobus finds a lion cub and they adopt him, calling him LEO (Leeu). Kobie fosters many other animals and birds.
Leo would play with house dog 'Wolfie' and their 3 girls. When lions roared close to the house, Leo only showed little interest. On 28th November, Leo was 1 year old and weighing 100 kg. On 11th of December, Sandra marries Paul at Komatipoort. In 1994, Kobus was transfered to Pretorius Kop. As Leo was getting older and larger, GARETH PATTERSON (The Lion Man) comes to visit them.
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Funny sweet and moving account of life in the south African bush as a game rangers family. Kobie Kruger writes so clearly from the heart. Enchanting and leaves you aching for more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All Things Wild and Wonderful - too true! 30 Nov. 2009
By Catherine Heukelman - Published on
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I recently read this delightful book after finding it at my book club. I live in South Africa and have visited many different game parks/reserves both in this country and in other parts of the world.
For anybody who has visited South Africa this will be a wonderfully exhilarating read. It's a gentle read too; no extraneous violence and oh so very believable.
It's about a family who live in the Kruger National Park. The game warden husband
lives there with his wife and three daughters and the story centers around their adopting a lion cub, Leo, and the mischief this lion cub gets up to while living with them. They Park management allow them to keep the cub until he is six months old at which time he has to be given up to a park or reserve where he can be returned to the "wild". Naturally a hand-reared wild animal can never be returned to the actual wild as the animal will never be able to adapt to conditions outside what he has known as 'home'. After quite a struggle, they manage to have him reintegrated into a lion park in Zimbabwe. The remainder of the book is about all the other unusual animals the game warden's wife Kobie adopts. It's an enchanting story and would be enjoyed by all ages.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good but dangerous book 2 May 2015
By Hanan Yinnon - Published on
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I have read this book while on a tour in South Africa. As an admirer of the cat family and lions in particular I greatly enjoyed the book. Kobie's love of the animals in general and the African bush oozes from every paragraph - great. However, this book may lead to some very undesirable outcomes. More and more people now want (and can afford) to interact with lions when they are young and adorable. This desire is responded by entrepreneurs in South Africa. However, after these young and adorable lions grow up, they become expensive to maintain and dangerous for people. They cannot be released to the wild (as in the case of Leo from the book) and too often are sold for "canned hunting". This innocent sounding term hides a horrible fact: the lions are sold to cruel and heartless people who shoot them as trophies.
This book presents a case where there is a happy ending for Leo. But it is misleading - most lions one sees in various venues in South Africa have not been saved from certain death in the bush (as Leo was) but have been bred on purpose to please people, and than condemned to die prematurely.
It is important to understand that lions are not pets and should not be treated as such. This book may give some people a different point of view.
I give this book a 5 star mark for the wonderful love for animals it shows, but 0 because it is endangering the very same lions the author loves so much.
5.0 out of 5 stars An African Treasure 10 May 2013
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I began reading this book while on safari in Africa. I laughed until I cried as the author shared the joys of raising an often awkward and always adorable lion cub to adulthood.

One of my favorite books! I bought it for all of my friends!
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story! 20 July 2014
By Patricia Duncan-Brown - Published on
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Loved this! Kobie is living the dream so many of us would like to live. She is a brave, compassionate and talented woman, whose story makes compelling reading - a real page-turner.
5.0 out of 5 stars Kobie you have to write a follow up to this ... 6 Jan. 2015
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Kobie you have to write a follow up to this book. We have to know what happens to Leo afterwards. I must hear it from your point of view.
I must admit to having goggled Leo.
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