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LION - GL Smuts (Kruger National Park)

Unread post by WeskusKlong » Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:27 am

Smuts GL. 1978. Interrelations Between Predators, Prey, and Their Environment. BioScience
28(5):316-20.

Even though this book was published way back in 1978 (and re-printed in 1983), the research information in the book is very much current. The management of large predators still remains a controversial and highly emotional issue all over the world. This can largely be ascribed to a lack of knowledge of the basic factors influencing predators and prey populations. Since about 1903, predator control - principally that of the larger carnivores such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, spotted hyenas, and crocodiles - was routinely practiced in Kruger National Park. The possible influence of large predators on prey populations became a controversial issue, when wildebeest and zebra populations started declining in the Central District of Kruger Park. Although it was realized that these declines were linked to cropping operations, the drought, and marked habitat changes, there was some evidence that large predators, principally the lion, were the proximate cause of the declines.

Although a scientific publication, the book was written in a relaxed format, sharing many tales about lion counting projects etc. - almost like a giant trip report. It has certainly given me a better understanding of man's influence in our Parks. Well worth reading!
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Re: LION - GL Smuts (Kruger National Park)

Unread post by Grantmissy » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:11 am

WeskusKlong this sounds like a very interesting book to read. Thanks for recommending it :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by ndloti » Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:40 pm

KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: LION - GL Smuts (Kruger National Park)

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Sat Oct 31, 2015 8:17 am

Being a Kruger and Game Ranger book collector, I stumbled across this book which will be my night time reading while counting the day to next Kruger trip in Dec'15.

LION - written by G.L Smuts, a researcher in Kruger from 1970 to 1978
He published this book based on his research

ISBN 0 86954 122 6
Version: reprinted 1983
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I will let you know how I have enjoyed this book. :thumbs_up:
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Re: LION - GL Smuts (Kruger National Park)

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:58 pm

Some feedback on this book...
I am nearly finish, hope to do so before I leave for Kruger in a few days. :D

It makes for a very interesting read on research of zebra and wildebeest, but then focus on lions and hyenas during the 1970 era.
It contains a lot of detail on how they managed to find the lions and then get to obtain the required information which became very valuable in later years as well as how they move around some territorial and other nomadic.
It also contains stories about their life in the bush, some scary and other challenging. :lol:

I personally learned a lot about the lions and will definitely look at them differently. :dance:
It is a good read - especially while counting the days till the next Kruger visit :thumbs_up:
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Re: LION - GL Smuts (Kruger National Park)

Unread post by Yoda » Sun Dec 06, 2015 12:34 pm

You guys have just cost me money :tongue:

Just bought myself a copy on ABE.


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