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This Is The Story Of The Owens Travel And Life In The Kalahari Desert Here They Met And Studied Unique Animals And Were Confronted With Danger From Drought, Fire, Storms, And The Animals They Loved This Best Selling Book Is For Both Travelers And Animal Lovers

10 thoughts on “Cry of the Kalahari

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    Oh, to be Mark and Delia and lie under the clear sky with only lions for company That is the stuff of dreams for an animal lover I feel privileged to have been taken by the authors to Botswana Kalahari and given a glimpse of the rare world out there, so inaccessible to most of us So for that, thank you, Mark Delia Mark and Delia MD henceforth were students in the 70s US trying to think of a subject for their Ph.D thesis Finally, they decided to go to Botswana on a pure whim They sold off everything they owned to get money for their trip Once they reached Botswana, they purchased some basic supplies and headed off deep into the Kalahari far away from the nearest civilisation, in a place where even bushmen hesitated to penetrate Here, they studied the lives of the brown hyenas and Kalahari lions for seven years.The writing was delightful and detailed Every problem they faced and every rewarding moment was described with emotional intensity They developed a kind of bond with the animals without intruding too much into their lives, damaging them, or taming them I loved the way MD held themselves off from the animals while still being so close to them that they became a part of the landscape Life in the camp was not all about cuddly cats either From worrying about dying of thirst to the risk of bush fires, the wild animals around them seemed to be actually the least risky of the dangers MD faced for seven years One of the main dangers that the Kalahari wildlife faces is from the cattle industry Because cattle is considered of supreme importance, is one of the biggest industries of Botswana, is run by powerful people at the helm, any danger to them is swiftly dealt with without even taking the long term ecological problems into consideration It is not just the Botswana government which is responsible for this, but also other countries and the EEC at the time , which impose restrictions on the Botswana cattle industry, directly leading to actions that endanger the Kalahari wildlife When their repeated entreaties went unheard at the local level, MD decided to publish their findings in international journals and publicise the problem Another major danger posed to the wildlife is from the expected discovery of important minerals in the Kalahari Union Carbide the same shitty company that was responsible for the Bhopal disaster had been allowed to prospect in the region, without any regard to the local people or the local ecosystems African governments in general should be very careful about allowing in foreign companies for these things Not only are their resources exploited, but also their people aren t too better off in the long run either MD have since been involved in a number of conservation efforts in Africa and around the world We need governments to sustain their efforts and for the general public to support these initiatives But in the meanwhile, I recommend reading this beautiful book that will convince almost everyone of the beauty of wild untamed nature.

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    Emotional and riveting, Cry of The Kalahari is one of the most inspirational books I ve encountered in my reading history The seven year journey of Mark an Delia Owens not only represents them as zoologists and researchers, but shows their compassion and love towards the environment and the species inhabiting our world It displays the interworking relationships between animal and man, a questioning subject that will forever be a mystery, and wedges its way into the world of beasts, trying to get a better understanding on how animals thrive to live Knowing that the term wild was degrading due to loss of habitat and environment, Mark and Delia, a married college couple make a decision to conduct a self independent research in Africa, one of the last known places with untouched wilderness In order to start their studies, collecting enough money to fund their trip was a three year process in which the Owenses sold all of their belongings, and made their way to Southern Africa in the republic of Botswana With little insight on where to go, they remained in the town of Gaborone for two months to scrape up even money and eventually made their way to Maun, their village of resource throughout their seven year stay in Africa Once there, the couple encounters the local life and recieves news of a place untouched by human hands and strikes immediate interest The Kalahari desert, a land filled with species diversity and known for harsh weather and climte, was a haven for the young couple Upon their first few months there, the two of them struggled with themselves and their never ending need of supplies and money They recieve relief from a local Englishman by the name of Bergie Berghoffer, and gives them hope of continuing with their research With the help of grants from National Geographic as well, Mark and Delia were able to march onward for the sake of their studies During these seven years, the Owenses develop relationships between themselves and the animals, who have never seen humans before The primary studies of jackals, lions and the endangered brown hyena emphasizes their purpose of being in the Kalahari and provides them with a sense of serenity from the chaotic world of man Their love for the Blue Pride named due to the color of their eartags , a brown hyena named Star and Bones, a lion whom was near to death and they nurtured back to health with the help of a minor surgery, is an indescribable bond that can only be felt through hands on experience a bond that is rare Mark and Delia faced the harsh climate and weather changes together, learning than they imagined about how their local animals lived through such tedious events Also, the threat of fires, drought and the ever growing agricultural business lingered in the way of their studying, leaving them protective and caring about the environment in which they lived in for so long Not knowing what would happen, Mark and Delia stood their ground and defended the slowly disappearing Kalahari desert, and became a voice for declinging animal species everywhere This compelling book not only held my interest until the very last page, and even made me tear up, but it opened my veiws on how we as humans care solely on ourselves and our growing world that we do not have time to care aout the environment and what lives there There is, thankfully, a few of us out there who do not turn away from the cries of the animals that live in this world, and for that I thank Mark and Delia Owens, for helping me realize the beauty of this world and everything it was intended to be wild and beautiful.

  3. says:

    Quattro stelle le posso dare Non cinque perch a tratti un p noiosetto ma non pure il mio genere di libro L ho letto perch l ho trovato tra i libri di mia madre e ho pensato fosse interessante da leggere Naturalmente se adorate questo tipo di libro ve lo consiglio Altrimenti no Per mi sono fatta una cultura anche.

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    Although it s an old book 1980s , I would recommend it to absolutely everyone Mark and Delia Owens had the adventure of a lifetime, and brought world focus to the problems of African animals I put it at exactly the same level of importance and influence as Silent Spring And it s a much interesting read the Owenses had so many brushes with death, the book is like an adventure page turner as well as a clarion call for conservation.The Owenses have been busy since leaving the Kalahari in 1981 Their bio sketch tells the story

  5. says:

    See our Further Reading section at the bottom of the review for books like this Cry of the Kalahari by wildlife researchers Mark James Owens and Cordelia Dykes Owens Delia Owens goes into great detail about animal behavior and living in the wilderness in a way that will capture the imaginations of casual readers and veteran wildlife watchers alike It encompasses in vivid detail the wilderness of Deception Valley, their home for seven years, as well as the small rural town of Maun, roughly one hundred miles away, which has since grown to be the fifth largest town in Botswana A large part of Cry of the Kalahari relates to the tedium of setting up an in situ research station in the middle of preserved wilderness while balancing the Owenses own needs for basic supplies and shelter The other significant portion of the book is about carrying out research and observing wildlife in their natural habitat While some people would not find either of these topics alone to be very interesting, the way that these two experiences are woven together into a comprehensive view of Africa s last great wilderness is both impressive and creates a narrative that is easy and enjoyable to read.The authors also go into detail about their difficulties in finding a research location and place to live, which they did illegally It s bold of them to have written this albeit after the fact , but readers should know that this type of behavior is not characteristic of conservationists as a whole and that the legal red tape that the Owenses circumvented is exactly the sort of thing that prohibits successful conservation efforts all over the world Overall it is disappointing to see that part of the Owenses success was not due to changing the laws that were a barrier to their conservation efforts, but by thwarting the system without attempting to change it themselves and future conservationists.It would have been nice to see explanations of current events in Southern Africa during that time as a point of comparison for readers not familiar with 1970s southern Africa However Cry of the Kalahari does an excellent job of emphasizing how information starved the Owenses were in the raw remoteness of their research base Adding background or even a short history of Botswana s people and parks might have added some depth to the book, but also taken away from the unique qualities of the memoir.Great photos from the Owens time in the Kalahari accompany the book One section is black and white and focuses on the Owens early research topics as well as showing what the make shift camp looked like and some of their animal visitors over the years The second section are wonderful color photos giving life to the terrain, wildlife, and wildlife behaviors that fascinated the Owens for seven years Among the interesting photos are those capturing the research subjects incapacitated as they are tagged, given medical help, or simply moved to a comfortable position while they recover photos of various carnivores with their prey and one which shows springboks pronking, a behavior that might be a type of honest signal designed to show off to predators how hard the antelope would be to catch and to look elsewhere for an easy meal.The book concludes with an epilogue, but doesn t go into detail about what the Owens were involved in after leaving Botswana s Kalahari For that, readers will want to follow up with The Eye of the Elephant An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness which picks up in the Kalahari of Botswana and shifts over to the couple s time in North Luangwa Valley, Zambia Cry of the Kalahari also has three appendixes pertaining to suggested conservation measures for migratory ungulates largely wildebeest , lions, and the brown hyena which were the Owenses primary research topic While this section may not seem of interest to casual readers, it provides a brief and insightful glimpse of the reports written by NGOs and governmental organizations concerned by a multitude of national security concerns including environmental health, park and wildlife tourism revenue, resource security, and quality of life improvements for humans in rural regions.Other Books by the Authors Mark and Delia Owens have co written two other books that are highly recommended The Eye of the Elephant An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness picks up after Cry of the Kalahari when they journey to Zambia and Secrets of the Savanna Twenty three Years in the African Wilderness Unraveling the Mysteries of Elephants and People contributes further details about the couples experiences in Zambia with a focus on the human element of conservation.Further Reading Those interested in some lighter reading relating to living in the wild and wildlife behavior would be wise to look up Kobie Kr ger s The Wilderness Family , a warm and vibrant depiction of the reality of the South African Lowveld as experienced by her game warden husband and their family living inside the world famous Kruger National Park in South Africa The Wilderness Family combines the same sense of freedom in the wild as well as anecdotes about coexisting with wildlife and animal behavior as Cry of the Kalahari and in an even readable format.Readers who enjoy reading about wildlife behavior and conservationists in Africa may also be interested in Gareth Patterson s continuing work in Africa Patterson has written several books including To Walk with Lions , Last of the Free , and My Lion s Heart A Life for the Lions of Africa , which detail lion instincts, behavior, and the challenges involved in raising lions and what considerations must be made before lions can be considered for release back into the wild.

  6. says:

    Great book for field biologists Amazing what they did and survived Would be nice to have detail about how they started and what they did afterward.Great details about predators.

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    On January 4, 1974 Mark and Delia Owens boarded a plane with two backpacks, two sleeping bags, one pup tent, a small cooking kit, a camera, one change of clothes each, and 6ooo These two left behind everything they had ever known to explore their passion together in wild Africa This book is not a play by play of their scientific research, but a personal story of their feelings, experiences, and everyday life in Deception Valley of the Kalahari Desert These two warm hearts take you deep into the soul of the wild from page one They have given the average person the ability to experience their very rare ability to interact with wildlife that had never seen humans before They had never been shot at, chased by trucks, trapped, or snared They had the ability to gain the animals trust and ultimately become part of the wild themselves If the raw information isn t enough proof of this life changing novel, it is brilliantly written by two wonderful authors They have beautifully put their 7 year trip into words They describe their fear when they wake up to find the entire lion pride snoozing throughout their camp, their utter joy when a storm renews the valley from its harsh dry season, and the excitement they feel when a brown hyena ventures into their kitchen to steal a pot of food Quotes of all sorts are also sprinkled throughout this book s twenty six chapters This takes their writing to a new level by deeply relating with others words and ideas Cry of the Kalahari is must read for an animal or nature lover, but also an enjoyable read for anyone It can create a small passion for wild Africa you never knew you had Take advantage of this rare, mind boggling tale, and you might just end up planning your own trip to Deception Valley.

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    Cry of the Kalahari was a very intriguing book to read This was one of my first books I have read about professional research and expected it to be very boring and long But surprising, it was a fast paced, exciting book that kept my full attention Mark and Delia Owens are inspirations to scientists all over the world They literally dropped everything that they were doing, sold all of their belongings, and flew to Africa to study what they loved, the Kalahari Reserve in Botswana They spent 7 years total in the desert They lived in a desolate desert for 7 years barely surviving on their own It s a great story The book was very good and is an easy read for anyone The story really only has a few human characters, the rest are names Mark and Delia gave to the animals they were studying They studied lions, hyenas, jackals, antelope, wildebeest, and many birds and small animals They presented a few environmental issues such as drought, poaching, and mining all in the Kalahari Reserve It showed how much can affect the ecosystems around them The book affected me by showing me what life is like in Africa I had no clue about anything going on there, nor the animals that were there The book explains how different species interact with each other and even how they communicate It also gives a firsthand look at how lions, hyenas, ect raise their young and reproduce It was truly amazing This book was great, the only thing I have against the book is that some information is repeated multiple times throughout the book But aside from that, it s great.

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    Cry of the Kalahari is a great book about a couple who goes into the desert to do what they love Mark and Delia Owens lived in the Kalahari Desert for seven years, in the 1970s, studying the animals that live there They study the animals characteristics, life styles, behaviors, etc They learned things about lions, hyenas, jackals, and other animals that had never been recorded Cry of the Kalahari is not just a story some is telling It is an adventure that the reader gets to par take in The reader feels like he or she is in the desert with them while reading and can easily picture the things going on The reader s heart beats faster as they try to follow a hyena chasing down it s prey, a scared look comes on the reader s face a the lions slowly walk the tent of the Owenses Due to the fact that the reader felt like they were there, thge reader got to learn from the book and change their own life styles The book teaches about biodiversity and the environment and the importance of animals and habitats and the reader can see this and can change their own lives to help out the environment.Mark and Delia wrote an amazing book, and because it was their true thoughts, feelings, and emotions, the reader gets to take on those thoughts, feelings, and emotions The story is amazing, the text is written well, and the reader wil never want to put the book down.

  10. says:

    In January 1974, Mark Delia Owens sold most of their possessions, bought airline tickets to Africa and then drove into Botswana They spent the next 7 years living in the Kalahari Desert studying the wildlife brown hyenas, lions, and wildebeast The early years were before the poachers and mining development so they were able to truly get close to the animals Each chapter is written from the perspective of one of them, which is good, as you don t get confused about the voice of the storyteller Towards the end of the book, as the area becomes developed, there s talk about their efforts to convince the government of the need for conservation In Dec 1980, they left Botswana to return to the States to write their doctoral papers based on their years of research in the Kalahari Well written I felt as if I was also getting to know the animals they were studying as well as their personalities The political writing near the end got a bit tedious Thankfully there wasn t much of it In looking on for another of their books, I read that they were bannned from Botswana after the publication of Cry From what I read in this, I can understand that they are zoologists who believe strongly in conservation and will be vocal in their beliefs I can see how their views might upset government officials enough to lead to a ban.