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'Lions of Tsavo' by Bruce Patterson.

Unread post by DuQues » Mon Feb 20, 2006 3:16 pm

The Lions of Tsavo: Exploring the Legacy of Africa's Notorious Man-Eaters

Author: Bruce D. Patterson
Format: Hardcover, 324 pages
Publication Date: September 2003
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Dimensions:9.25"H x 6.25"W x 1"D; 1.25 lbs.
ISBN: 0071363335
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Unread post by bert » Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:44 pm

This is another one.
Ghosts of Tsavo
Philip Caputo & National Geographic Society
Stalking the Mystery Lions of East Africa

Hardcover | 336 Pagina's | National Geographic Adventure Press | USA Edition | 2002
ISBN: 0792263626
Also in Dutch

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Running Wild - Dispelling the Myths of the African Wild Dog

Unread post by MarkWildDog » Sat Oct 21, 2006 11:18 am

Hi Everyone,

As you all know I'm crazy about Wild Dogs & there is the most beautiful book ou on them. The book was written by John McNutt & Lesley Boggs, where they researched the Wild Dogs in the Okavango in Botswana for many years. There are amazing photo's inside which were done by Helene Heldring & Dave Hamman.

The book is divided into 6 chapters:
1. Pack
2. Play
3. Predator
4. Prey
5. Predator
6. Pressure
7. Prescription

It is a must-read for all animal lovers :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by madach » Sat Oct 21, 2006 11:50 am


I totally agree, it's an awesome book.

ISBN: 1-56098-717-0

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Unread post by Kathy » Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:59 pm

Have searched high and low for this book - it is apparently currently out of print in South Africa. I had a look on Amazon too, but no luck there either... Pity - would have made an awesome present for my hubby for his bday which we'll be spending in Kruger! Oh well, I suppose that's enough of a treat...

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Unread post by Wild@Heart » Wed Dec 27, 2006 6:41 am

Hi Kathy,

Available here (second hand thou)

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Relentless Enemies, lions and buffalo

Unread post by Impisi08 » Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:03 pm

Relentless Enemies is a book about the lions and buffalo of Botswana's Duba Plains. Excellent photography and text from Dereck and Beverly Joubert.

ISBN 1-4262-0004-8, published by the National Geographic Society

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Books about Mammals

Unread post by Wild@Heart » Thu May 03, 2007 11:00 am


Product details
Author: Johan Marais
Publisher: Penguin Global
ISBN: 9780143025061
Format: Hardcover
Publication Date: 2008/1
Length: 305mm
Width: 270mm
Pages: 240

Detailed Description
There was a time in Africa when great tuskers roamed at will, from the deserts of Namibia to Mozambique, from Ethiopia to South Africa. Today, due to the growth of human settlement and the hunt for ivory, the large elephant herds have been drastically reduced so that fewer than 450 000 elephants survive. Sighting a tusker today is a magnificent event, not least because so few remain in the wild. Great tuskers includes information on ivory anatomy, ivory diseases, trade in ivory and conservation of the African elephant. But its main purpose is to share with the reader the beauty, grace and presence of the great bulls that once walked the earth, as well as the current big bulls that roam free in the few protected areas of Africa.

Information found on Kalahari.Net

Now I have to tell you about this book .. Saw the book at the Letaba Elephant Museum and thought I'd go check it out at the shop.

This book is worth every single cent and more .. The book goes for R350 in the Kruger Shops and I've seen them at 2 bookstores in JHB .. the most expensive i've seen the book is R353,00.

The book is fantastic reading for any tusker fan .. Covering topics such as the Ivory Trade, Culling, Poaching. But the main objective of the book is showing all the Past, present and future big tuskers of the Kruger National Park and other Parks of africa. It gives information about the tusker with photo's, area he roamed, tusk information etc. It also has some small snippets in of interesting things such as Letaba Camp, the relationship between Phelwana and Ampie Espag (Taken from Jan Rodrigues' book "Veldwagters Vertel" ..

There are plenty of contributions by well known people such as most of the Game Rangers of the KNP, Dr. Ian Whyte, Darryl Balfour, Paul Bosman etc. You will see many familiar names.

The lay-out is beatifull with pictures of all the ellies ... It's not just a great read but makes for a beautiful Coffee Table Book ..

This book is a "MUST HAVE" .. And you won't regret it for 1 minute ..

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Books about Mammals

Unread post by Senyetse » Wed May 09, 2007 10:12 am

I would like to recommend a book on Kruger lions that I read several years ago. I found it at our local library in teh Roodepoort area.

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'Lion', G.L. Smuts, 1982, Macmillan SA, Johannesburg, South Africa. ISBN 0-333-36586-0.

The book is based on research that was conducted by Dr Smuts on the lions and lion management in Kruger in the 1970's. The research programme attempted to conduct a lion census by luring lions to carcasses using loudspeakers playing recorded sounds of wounded animals! The book describes all of the close calls and behind the scenes information. It is very informative and provides insight into the management of predators in game reserves.

A good read for those interested in what goes on behind the scenes.

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Unread post by Senyetse » Tue May 29, 2007 9:04 am

It is probably out of print but if anyone sees it at a second hand bookshop or the like buy it, it really a fascinating read. Otherwise try get hold of the publisher or Butch Smuts himself.
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Unread post by katydownunder » Sun Jun 03, 2007 9:50 pm

Hi MM and Senyetse !

We found the book at

it's an online antiquarian bookshop.


The search result even shows a bookshop in Johannesburg selling this book.

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Unread post by adw » Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:02 pm

I bought this book when it was first puplished. It made very interesting reading then. Even in the late 70's there was considerable debate on the culling of lions and the construction of man made water holes / dams etc. The book covered these topics as well.
I still have this book in my possession and page throught it every now and then. Still find it very interesting as I find with all books on Kruger :)

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Solo The Story of an Africa Wild Dog

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Jul 14, 2007 7:35 am

Yesterday was not Friday 13th for me. :D
I decided on impulse to pop into a little second hand bookshop close to my usual supermarket. I often check to see if any gems have landed on the selves.

Bingo :D
I found a first edition of "Solo The Story of an Africa Wild Dog" by Hugo van Lawick". First published by Collins in 1973.
It has kept me riveted and it is one of those books that I will be so sad to put down.

The detailed observations of a Wild Dog pack has been fascinating. I have learnt so much and my respect for these lovely animals has increased a hundred fold. What magnificent research.

Keep your eyes open. It will only be found in second hand shops and on the shelves of collectors.
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Unread post by anne-marie » Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:26 am

For those who speak French, I know a very good book :
"photo-guide des Animaux d'Afrique"
by delachaux et niestlé
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Unread post by kathy sa » Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:59 pm

I have to agree with Wild@Heart.. Great Tuskers of Africa is the most beautiful book I have seen in a long time. There is a chapter each on all the tuskers - past, present and future with stunning photos of each one. There are beautiful pictures of Duke.. with two stunning tusks!
This book is a must have for Elephant lovers!

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