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The Wilderness Family: At Home With Africa's Wildlife Hardcover – May 8 2001


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; 1st Edition edition (May 8 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385658125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385658126
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 2 2004
Format: Paperback
This book consists of many short stories for the first half, and the other half is dedicated for Leo (the lion that they've raised at their park ranger's house).
Lots of fun and amazing stories of the wild visitors and temporarily adapted wild orphans while the author and her family lived in the park rangers houses in 10 years in south Africa.
The later half is about Leo - the cute and sweet lion. Some parts are heart aching but he'll eventually settle down fine in the comfortable environment.
The authors love of nature, love for her children, and great love and respect to the wild animals are beautifully written with lots of nice photograph inside.
One of my favorite books! I've read this book on the way to my safari trip in Africa.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Incredible Read Feb. 19 2002
By Sandra Humphreys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
You know those books where you dont want the story to end? I have just finished reading Kobie Kruger's 'The Wilderness Family' and it is just such a story. From laughter to tears, I felt all the emotions that Kobie felt, and if you are an animal lover, you will feel them too.
I enjoyed reading this book so much that I am now determined to go to Africa and meet Leo the Lion one day! He has completely taken my imagination to places that I had never even thought of before, the deepest, darkest areas of Africa. And yet, he is so naive for a lion, you could be forgiven for thinking he is a dog!
I was completely spellbound by the family photos included in the book - I cannot take my eyes off this wonderful animal and the obvious bond it has with all the members of its 'human family'.
Read The Wilderness Family. You will not regret it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Read Nov. 29 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like so many other reviewers, I too loved this book. Refreshing to read a book about animals, how they behave amongst themselves and how they adapt to life with humans. I was amazed and inspired by the Kruger family - their hard work and dedication to exist as harmoniously as they did alongside their animal neighbors. A nice change of pace from so many commercialized novels - this book tells the true story of nature and how a human family can fit into it and still come out with a pleasant ending. Kobie narrates the early years of Leo their adopted lion in a delightful way - I felt I truly came to know him. Interspersed with the details on animal life, is the fine depicting of the settings where all these dramas take place. I came to like Kobie, her husband and her children. There was kindness, common sense and firmness of spirit in the telling of their experiences.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A delightful, wonderful, poignant story June 24 2001
By Eva Dannacker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading "The Wilderness Family" so much that I have read it twice! The story was so inspiring, so moving, and so interesting, that I could not get enough of it!
It is evident that the author passionately loves animals, and can see things from the perspective of her animal charges. The love, trust and bonding that had occurred between a lion and his "foster mother" and human family is evident on every page of the book. Some parts of the book are hilarious, other parts speak of a strong person who is not afraid of adventures that some of us would define as HAIR RAISING. The story shows that humans can get attached to animals and animals will reciprocate and display the same love, caring, and affection towards their human benefactors.
Leo the lion was treated with love and dignity but at the same time he was taught to accept authority and sometimes gentle discipline. He had learned to understand what the word NO meant.
The author's delightful sense of humour adds to the enjoyment of this lovely piece of literature. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves animals, who has compassion for creatures of the wild, who understands that animals just like humans experience the same range of emotions of love, fear, grief, joy, loyalty. I just loved reading about the rapport and bond that had developed between the dog and the lion. Highly unusual for a wild animal to regard a dog as a role model and mentor.
Other great animal-human bonding stories I have read are: "The Bears and I" by Robert Franklin Leslie, Ballantine Books Inc. New York and a more recent book: "Summers with the Bears" by Jack Becklund
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Wilderness Family:At home with Africa's wildlife April 2 2002
By Brenda S Pense - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is such a touching story. I've dreamed of Africa as a child and now as an adult I'm still captivated, I felt as though I was watching a movie throughout this whole book.I also have a deep love of animals,so once again I was moved. I would recommend this book to all those who dream of Africa and those who will someday go there.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Aug. 21 2001
By J. Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book in about two days. Having just gotten back from a safari trip to Africa, I could almost hear the hippos grunting and the lions roaring again while reading this book, and could only wish I was Kobie. I hope Leo is doing great. I'm worried about him in Zimbabwe with all the current problems. Anyway, read this one. It was great!

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