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The Serengeti Lion: A Study of Predator-Prey Relations (Wildlife Behavior and Ecology series) [Kindle Edition]

George B. Schaller
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"This book conveys not only the fascination of its particular study of lion behavior but the drama and wonder and beauty of the intimate interdependence of all living things." - Saturday Review "If you have only enough time to read one book about field biology, this is the one I recommend." - Edward O. Wilson, Science "This is an important book, not just for its valuable information on lions, but for its broad, open, and intelligent approach to problems that cut across the fields of behavior, populations, ecology, wildlife management, evolution, anthropology, and comparative biology." - Richard G. Van Gelder, Bioscience "By the time the reader has finished this book, the Serengeti, its landscapes, seasons, and wildlife, takes shape in the mind as a complex and epic poem, each part a function of every other part and each part a function of the whole." - George Stade, New York Times Book Review"

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Based on three years of study in the Serengeti National Park, George B. Schaller’s The Serengeti Lion describes the vast impact of the lion and other predators on the vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle for which the area is famous. The most comprehensive book available on the lion, this classic work includes the author’s findings on all aspects of lion behavior, including its social system, population dynamics, hunting behavior, and predation patterns.

“If you have only enough time to read one book about field biology, this is the one I recommend.”—Edward O. Wilson, Science

“This book conveys not only the fascination of its particular study of lion behavior but the drama and wonder and beauty of the intimate interdependence of all living things.”—Saturday Review

“This is an important book, not just for its valuable information on lions, but for its broad, open, and intelligent approach to problems that cut across the fields of behavior, populations, ecology, wildlife management, evolution, anthropology, and comparative biology.”—Richard G. Van Gelder, Bioscience


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of All Lion Books Oct. 27 2000
Format:Paperback
Many books have been written about lions, but 'The Serengeti Lion' is by far the best. Even though it was published nearly 30 years ago, it's information is still considered authorative by many researchers. The fact that it has remained in print all these years-- longer than any other lion book-- attests to it's continuing popularity. Unlike most popular wildlife books, 'The Serengeti Lion' is a scientific paper. It has not been 'watered down' for the masses. Instead, Schaller writes with a an open, very readable style while still presenting the hard information. In fact, it is hard to put this book down. The book is profusely illustrated with drawings and maps. There is also a photos section. Appendices contain numerous detailed tables and charts of lion data, as well as an extensive bibliography. Several short appendices also deal with the lion's co-predators and favorite prey. If you can own but one book about lions, this should be it!
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By K Susan
Format:Paperback
"Predators are the best wildlife managers," writes George Schaller. His book from the "Wildlife Behavior and Ecology Series" is a result of a three year study in the Serengeti National Park. Supplemented by charts and action-depicting photos and drawings, the book describes almost every aspect of lion life, from social structure and behavior within the group to food habits, hunts and the impact of predation on prey population. Although it briefly mentions other predators (mainly the cheetah, leopard, wild dog and some others), the book concentrates mainly on the lion and is highly recommended to any lion fancier or serious conservationist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Detailed Study of the Life of Lions Sept. 7 1998
Format:Paperback
Excellent work by George Schaller. He Takes an intimate look at almost every aspect of lion behavior and social dynamics. From hunting behavior to a lionesses motherly love of her cubs, he takes you into their realm. Schaller gives you a detailed scientific look into what is happening in the life of lions and their world. He backs up his judgements with his own research and the research of others. A must read for any lion enthusiast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of All Lion Books Oct. 27 2000
By Tim Stoffel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Many books have been written about lions, but 'The Serengeti Lion' is by far the best. Even though it was published nearly 30 years ago, it's information is still considered authorative by many researchers. The fact that it has remained in print all these years-- longer than any other lion book-- attests to it's continuing popularity. Unlike most popular wildlife books, 'The Serengeti Lion' is a scientific paper. It has not been 'watered down' for the masses. Instead, Schaller writes with a an open, very readable style while still presenting the hard information. In fact, it is hard to put this book down. The book is profusely illustrated with drawings and maps. There is also a photos section. Appendices contain numerous detailed tables and charts of lion data, as well as an extensive bibliography. Several short appendices also deal with the lion's co-predators and favorite prey. If you can own but one book about lions, this should be it!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serengeti Lion a Study of Predator-Prey Relations. Jan. 13 2000
By K Susan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Predators are the best wildlife managers," writes George Schaller. His book from the "Wildlife Behavior and Ecology Series" is a result of a three year study in the Serengeti National Park. Supplemented by charts and action-depicting photos and drawings, the book describes almost every aspect of lion life, from social structure and behavior within the group to food habits, hunts and the impact of predation on prey population. Although it briefly mentions other predators (mainly the cheetah, leopard, wild dog and some others), the book concentrates mainly on the lion and is highly recommended to any lion fancier or serious conservationist.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Detailed Study of the Life of Lions Sept. 7 1998
By Justin Chandlr-Aston (garfield1@bigfoot.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Excellent work by George Schaller. He Takes an intimate look at almost every aspect of lion behavior and social dynamics. From hunting behavior to a lionesses motherly love of her cubs, he takes you into their realm. Schaller gives you a detailed scientific look into what is happening in the life of lions and their world. He backs up his judgements with his own research and the research of others. A must read for any lion enthusiast.
4.0 out of 5 stars More than you thought possible about lions March 18 2014
By Jean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Schaller's classic study on the lions of Tanzania laid the ground work for later scientists, but it is a somewhat difficult read for the non-scientists among us. However, there are many intriguing stories and conclusions about the life and times of these creatures which are increasingly threatened by loss of habitat and development proposals.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Dec 31 2013
By R. Steven Page - Published on Amazon.com
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In this ground-breaking research, George Schaller invites us into the intimate lives of various lion prides in the Serengeti. I read this book in college back in 1980 and I recently revisited it. Schaller writes both with scientific rigor and a dry, laughable wit. On the latter, Schaller quotes "and Turner told me of a poacher who tried to escape by swimming a river and was apprehended by a crocodile instead." Priceless.
Schaller also reveals lion behavior counter to what is commonly accepted by the general public. For example, lionesses are typically portrayed as doting mothers while male lions are depicted as lazy, thieving louts. Schaller showed that when prey is small, greedy lionesses wax fat while their cubs starve to death, whereas male lions will drive off the females and allow cubs to feed.
In sum, Schaller makes a persuasive argument that as the ultimate apex predator, we humans have an obligation to preserve these magnificent beasts. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Reading this book, you will learn both about lions and human behavior. Buy it.
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