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When the Last Lion Roars: The Rise and Fall of the King of the Beasts Hardcover – 14 Jun 2018
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Sara Evans documents the rise and fall of the lion in intimate detail; nothing misses her perceptive gaze. She does not judge, and is content to simply unearth the facts.
When the Last Lion Roars is a plea on behalf of the natural world, with the lion as her witness. It is an eloquent story of despair and hope - a stark reminder that nothing is sacred in a world of rampant population growth and vanishing wild spaces.(The Big Cat People Jonathan and Angela Scott)
A hugely thorough overview concerning lions and their imminent disappearance from the natural world. Sara Evans shows where we stand after the global outrage over the killing of Cecil, and nurses a faint ember of hope for the continued survival of the king of beasts. (Dr Ross Barnett)
Heart-breaking, thought-provoking and a thoroughly essential read. (Simone Brookes Discover Animals)
Sara Evans does a masterful job of guiding the reader through the fascinating history of the lion, right from its early predecessor, the prehistoric cave lion, all the way through to present day. (Niki Rust British Ecological Society)
Peppered with personal accounts of observing lions both in the wild and captivity, the author brings this species to life in beautiful, page-turning prose. (Niki Rust British Ecological Society)
The book concludes with a positive story of hope on how we can help secure this species' future and the amazing people that are dedicating their lives to ensuring that lions will be around for many generations to come. (Niki Rust British Ecological Society)
Written in an engaging and accessible manner and including cutting-edge research on the species. (Niki Rust British Ecological Society)
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An eloquent story of hope… nothing misses her perceptive gaze: Jonathan & Angela Scott
A masterful job… beautiful page-turning prose… engaging and accessible: Niki Rust
Heartbreaking, thought-provoking, a thoroughly essential read: Discover Animals
Highly readable, valuable: Kirkus Reviews
Well written, well-researched, fascinating: Ian Carter/Mark Avery
Admirably impartial… scholarly detail: BBC Willdife Magazine
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The author is an experienced writer, a photojournalist, and a traveler who has spent over a decade traveling through Africa. Her passion for lions has driven her to create a book that brings that magnificent animal to the reader in all its glory and complexity. She clearly has tremendous compassion for this now-endangered species, but she doesn't let her sympathy for the lion blind her to the challenges such a top-of-the-food-chain predator can present to vulnerable villages and livestock. In the course of recounting the history of the lion, she tells us about its successful spread across the globe. Her description of the largest-lion-of-all, the American lion, which roamed throughout North America, was almost all new information to me -- and it was fascinating! On most continents, lions are no more, the most recently-disappeared having become extinct at least 13,000 years ago.
Humans did not eliminate those lions, but we are eliminating most of the rest -- and at a speed that rivals extinctions of old. The author describes population growth, habitat loss, food pressures (who knew that lion "bushmeat" is so cheap it makes chicken seem expensive?), vengeful villagers and farmers, bloodthirsty hunters, and other threats to lion survival. She also goes into what some may see as excessive detail, but I believe is wonderful thoroughness in describing efforts to provide sustainable habitats for remaining lions.
I highly recommend this book and plan to read it again myself. I did not regularly consult maps the first time through, with the exception of a few chapters. I found that when I had a computer screen open to the google maps view of the continent of Africa and zoomed in to the locations the author was describing, I got a lot more out of the book and retained substantially more information. It's quite a book. Sara Evans has done a lot of research that I wouldn't have been able to do for myself. She has made me a much more informed advocate for these big, golden cats.
Sara Evans brings us a huge and interesting compendium of facts and information on these kingly/queenly majestic animals and shows us how their number are dwindling and how they got to be that way, in this thick, factual and engrossing book.
From the earliest of recorded history mankind was at war with cave lions -- the hunters' exploits were the stuff of fable, figurine, and tomb carvings.
Then came the displacement of the cave lion by climate change, the heroic epics of Gilgamesh and Samson, the lion gate of Ishtar, the Assyrian bas reliefs of hunters, chariots and fleeing lions -- brought Biblical awareness of lions to the fore. Handed down from generation to generation were the unforgettable exploits of fabled heroes bringing death to the lions who crossed their paths. The Roman Empire created huge spectacles/games in their coliseum of Gladiators fighting lions -- and lions ripping apart Christians. Then came more modern civilization and with it the bravado and skillfulness of British hunters came into play when dealing with (and decimating) Lion populations. Jeeps, high power guns (blasting away and destroying a whole pride in less than 15 minutes....) as well as hunting reservations (where the lions and tigers and other animals are bred to be killed by sport hunters) put a huge dent into these prides. Magnificent individuals reduced to dead bodies -- flesh left to rot while the hides and head went back to be taxidermied.
Lions are the ultimate force, the ultimate hunting challenge to deal with (had the dinosaurs not become extinct there would have been a shift in that perception of course) and dealt with they were - by trophy hunters and then more encroachment-- this time of civilization, population explosions, and the diminishing of the lions' natural habitat, by poaching, farming and urban/tribal development.
Ms Evans shows us how scientists (such as Packer and Pusey in the 70's) are following prides and assessing their ability (or lack thereof) to reproduce without passing on overbred, defective genes to their progeny. She tells us how the Masai farmers are adding to their income by leasing out fallow land as tourist attractions (Lion Watching) and allowing those prides to live and reproduce.
This conservation techniques are not just for Lions-- but as evidenced in Sweden, "Sami herders are paid for the presence of living wolverines and lynxes". In areas in Africa where returning settlers killed off all the local lions, cautious reintroduction is occurring. Man - vs- beast is becoming a man-with-beast co-existence. The re-introduction of lions to Akagera (with a welcoming crowd of cheering villagers) is a success-story-in-the-making.
"When the Last Lion Roars" shows us how lions and other wildlife CAN co-exist with humans - if the proper protocols, scientific methods, follow-up and interaction with the local (human) populations are adhered to.
The last chapter in this book "Beyond Cecil" informs the reader about the "Cecil Conference" as well as future plans, present projects and research -- and outlines the plans in place for conservation, education and field-work in the quest to maintain human-lion interactions.
I hope there is a follow up to this magnificent book!!
All in all, I found the book riveting. Strangely, the first chapter about the spread of fall of the Pleistoscene lions was fascinating. It is amazing how successful the leo family had been in spreading through Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. It is fascinating to think how they were everywhere. Also interesting the story of the disappearance of the Atlas and Cape lions. Less interesting is a section that covers every existing population by country. That got a little tedious but valuable to know how lions are doing country by country, but 20 pages could have been replaced with a table.
The writing is a little scattered with staccato sections popping up here and there that reads a little jumpy, but each jump is fascinating. I was totally engaged each time I picked it up (except the country by country part.) It was obviously well researched and quotes a lot of recent research. I just wish the picture was not so gloomy but that is not the author's fault. She offers some hope and plans toward the end, but I'm still shocked at how fast so many populations have dried up, and how at risk the populations I had hope for are.
We need to find a way to save the lion as well as wild Africa in a meaningful way.