Cry of the Kalahari

Cry of the Kalahari

by Mark Owens, Delia Owens

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Overview

“A remarkable story beautifully told…Among such classics as Goodall’s In the Shadow of Man and Fossey’s Gorillas in the Mist.”—Chicago Tribune

Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. There they lived for seven years, in an unexplored area with no roads, no people, and no source of water for thousands of square miles. In this vast wilderness the Owenses began their zoology research, working along animals that had never before been exposed to humans.

An international bestseller, Cry of the Kalahari is the story of the Owenses’s life with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, and the many other creatures they came to know. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544341647
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 8,530
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

MARK AND DELIA OWENS are the authors of Cry of the Kalahari, an international bestseller and winner of the John Burroughs Medal, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. Delia is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Where the Crawdads Sing.
When Mark and Delia Owens first went to Africa in 1974, they bought a thirdhand Land Rover, drove deep into the Kalahari Desert, and lived there for seven years. They are the authors of Cry of the Kalahari, an international bestseller and winner of the John Burroughs Medal, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. After more than 30 years in Africa, they returned to the United States to carry on their conservation work.

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Cry of the Kalahari 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely+interesting+that+this+man+%26+woman+chose+to+live+with+%26+study+the+natural+inhabitants+of+that+southern+desert.++For+those+of+who+only+know+African+wildlife+from+a+zoo+or+movie+it+is+an+eye+opener+to+see+that+a+way+of+life+is+slowly+being+destroyed+without+its+non-+human+inhabitants+being+considered+as+a+important+part+of+our+ecosystem.
travelledguy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book. Imagine sitting with lions and hyenas. But it is sad to see our wildlife disappearing around the world.
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lions, brown hyenas, and other animals are studied and reported on by the authors in this book. They love these animals and it shows through their writing. Their stories are entertaining but I certainly can't agree with their methods. I think that they were very fortunate not to have been killed in the process.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My wife bought me this book for my birthday and I absolutely love it. It's beautifully written the story is sad, happy and full of anticipation as one travels through the daily lives of Delia and Mark Owens - the young couple camping in the middle of the Kalahari desert in conditions many of us armchair readers would cringe at on a good day. If you like true stories, this book will astonish You with its pages of honest truths faced deep in the heart of Africa's untamed wilderness. I highly recommend it to all adventure loving readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome book, will read it again and again
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an absolute eye opener on the struggles of the Kalahari wildlife. I was amazed at the conflict between cattle ranchers and migrating animals. This book really teaches you that both man and animal can co-exsist together if both parties put some effort into it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is certainly one of the best books I have ever read and a true story at that. It speaks to the heart and the mind. It made me laugh outloud and weep from my soul. The dedication, intelligence and courage of Delia and Mark Owens in their efforts to study and ultimately save the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the amazing animals that live there are truly amazing. I couldn't put it down and read it in two days. You will no doubt feel the same. I have shared it with numerous family and friends of all ages and they have all been touched and heartened by this story of love, wildlife and a true wilderness experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly a story of an African Adventure of Truth,Bravery,& Compassion. It reads like a Novel, but you learn about the behavior and habatit of the animals they are tracking with the hardships they encounter to acheive their goals. It is sad,Happy,and rewarding.I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a true adventure of African Wildlife. Their Sequal Book called 'THE EYE OF THE ELEPHANT' is another book which is even better than the first one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an African this story brought tears to my eyes quite frequently and an unbearable longing to experience the bush as Mark and Delia did. It is beautiully written, its about that African Eden we all long for and oneness with nature that we desire from behind our computer screens and paperwork and the perseverance of the human spirit in chasing a dream. It describes wilderness areas in Botswana like they will never be seen again. I have been to the areas mentioned and they have changed irrevocably - Maun is now a bustling, tarmac surrounded, modern, faceless town, Deception Valley is open for tourists and been trampled by the rich from around the world, the Bushmen have been dumped outside the reserve initially created for them and the animals are now getting used to humans and not accepting them as part of normal nature as they did Mark and Delia. It's a must, must, buy book and will have you quivering with anticipation about what nature would spring on them next. Buy, buy, buy! If only I could have been there when they were!