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Cry of the Kalahari [Paperback]

Cordelia Dykes Owens , Mark James Owens
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Sept. 17 1992
This is the story of the Owens' travel and life in the Kalahari Desert. Here they met and studied unique animals and were confronted with danger from drought, fire, storms, and the animals they loved. This best-selling book is for both travelers and animal lovers.

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MARK and DELIA OWENS are the authors of "Cry of the Kalahari", an international bestseller and winner of the Burroughs Medal, and "The Eye of the Elephant".

MARK and DELIA OWENS are the authors of "Cry of the Kalahari", an international bestseller and winner of the Burroughs Medal, and "The Eye of the Elephant".

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2.0 out of 5 stars A+ Wildlife, F- Conservation Aug. 13 2000
Mark and Delia Owens do an excellent job in telling a story but their work is not accepted by international conservation thinkers. They try to defend wildlife at all costs which eventually leads to resentment of villagers towards wildlife and thus no incentive to protect it.
Thr Owenses are no longer allowed into the democratic country of Botswana. And I don't blame Botswana. I was offended at how they portrayed the Tswana (the dominant ethnic group of Botswana) as nothing but a threat to wildlife. Cry of the Kalahari gives the impression that the Tswana and the bushmen of the Kalahari have no right to use the resources of their land and should be dislocated elsewhere.
Their discription of the wildebeast fencing problem in inaccurate. They were not the first to report it as they claimed and in fact they never did a formal study of the fencing problem before they screamed out to the international community for help. Turns out fences help wildlife as well as hurt is by keeping cattle out of protected zones and thus free buffalo, wildebeasts and others from having to compete with them.
The Owenses do an excellent job describing wildlife and tell a captivating story but they take a step backwards in trying to conserve the animals they love. By giving the impression that all cattle, all people and all development is evil they propogate the myths of Africa that many more enlightened Botswana park service officials have been trying to dispell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you love African wildlife April 27 2000
Of the many books I've read about wildlife, this one sticks in my mind as one of the best, even though it's been several years since I first read it. Some books like George Schaller's "The Serengeti Lion" have more sceintific bent and therefore keep a 'professional distance' from the animals, while others such as those by Joy Adamson and Gareth Patterson become very personal with the animals and lose much of their objectivity. But Mark and Delia Owens find a happy medium between the two extremes, one where we learn a lot about the lions, brown hyenas and other animals they study in the Kalahari desert, but also come to know some of the individuals among these animals as friends.
We also get a taste of life in the Kalahari desert in the middle of Botswana, some of the hardships and life-threatening situations encountered by the Owenses. And we share the issues and concerns they tried to raise in the governments and landowners of the territories where they spent seven years living and studying animals.
At various times this book made me smile. It made me mad. It made me sad. It made me laugh. And it made me wish I could spend a few years of my life studying and living among wildlife as they did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating account by two inspiring people Feb. 25 1997
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This book has been out for many years, but I just finally got around to reading it. It holds a well-deserved place on the shelf of classic nature writing. Like this book's sequel, Eye of the Elephant (which I read several years ago), the Owens have written an incredible account of their experiences studying wildlife in Africa. Cry of the Kalahari is the story of their seven years in the Kalahari desert, living among the lions, hyenas, jackals, and myriad of other creatures that share this doomed habitat. The Owens' dedication and hard work are truly amazing and their insights into the lives of these animals are fascinating. As the authors write in their foreward to the book, it is not intended to be a authoritative scientific account of the Kalahari ecosystem, but a layman's introduction to the animals of this unique place on earth. For readers who enjoy nature writing, this should be on one's list of must-read books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read July 9 2001
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This book is very well done, and does not overstate the case for conservation at all. The Owenses are quite balanced in their views, for example, accepting hunting as being consistent with conservation. They may not be allowed back in Botswana, but the reason is because they embarrased the government into doing something besides pandering to mining interests and the unfortunate local politics. Decide for yourself whether they are right about the effects of fencing and cattle ranching on wildlife, and about the benificial effects of eco-tourism, after reading their book. In any case, you will enjoy their adventures with the animals whether or not you agree with their views about conservation.
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This is an incredibly well written book for animal lovers, nature lovers, and environmentalists, and if you aren't any of the above, you will be. It shows how individual animals each have their own personality: shy, funny, mischievous, affectionate, docile. It proves how mankind is willing to sacrifice animals' lives and environment for the sake of money, be it diamond mining, hunting, cattle grazing, or whatever suits the wallet. Their should be more people who realize and are willing to try to do something about it, like Mark and Delia Owens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It made me laugh, cry and THINK! May 29 1998
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I listened to the book on tape.
This amazing tale of life and death on the Kalihari not only opened my eyes to animal and environmental problems in Africa, it made me care. I laughed over the birds, and the cubs -- I cried when Bones died and the wildabreast suffered so -- and I had an anxiety attack when Delia went in the Hyena den.
I can hardly believe this was true story -- but that fact makes it all the more amazing!
What an wonderful book!
I will read the other books by the Owens!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting read!
I can't say enough good things about this book. It is entertaining, exciting, educational and above all a testament to why we need to respect and preserve animals.
Published on April 19 2003 by P. Degtjarewsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular and IMPORTANT
The book is a true masterpiece. Moving, funny and heartbreaking. People need to read this to see what animals truly face in the wild, and how we make their lives even more... Read more
Published on March 9 2000 by Savaeio Fiorello
5.0 out of 5 stars Authors used their hearts to put you in the bush
the authors were able to put their honest feelings across to me so well that i felt as though I was actually in the story. Read more
Published on June 11 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars How depressing, how inspiring!
Follow the path of two dedicated zoologists as they literally fend for their lives and those of the creatures they study. Read more
Published on June 1 1999 by byweck@selway.umt.edu
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must!
This book gets you. It makes you feel the heat, see the beauty of the country, love the animals, feel the sometimes despair of the authors and makes you realize that WE all have to... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars I learned a lot from this book
I learned a lot from the book Cry of the Kalahari. I learned about animal behavior and their reactions to humans. Read more
Published on July 8 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Read while in the Kalahari
I took this book with me on my own exploration into this great desert and was inspired by the book's wonderful decriptions and insights. Read more
Published on June 29 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought the book was excellent!!!
The book really touch me I don't know anyone who would give up every thing not knowing what to expect. Personally, I would have qiut after the truck caught on fire.
Published on April 10 1998
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