Cry of the Kalahari

❰Read❯ ➯ Cry of the Kalahari Author Mark Owens – This is the story of the Owens' travel and life in the Kalahari Desert Here they met and studied uniue animals and were confronted with danger from drought fire storms and the animals they loved This This is the story of the Owens' travel and life in the Kalahari Desert Here they met and studied uniue animals and were confronted with danger from drought fire storms and Cry of PDF \ the animals they loved This best selling book is for both travelers and animal lovers.Cry of the Kalahari

Mark James Owens.

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Cry of the Kalahari
  • Mark Owens
  • English
  • 15 February 2015
  • 9780618711888

10 thoughts on “Cry of the Kalahari

  1. says:

    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 DeliaMark and Delia MD henceforth were students in the 70s US trying to think of a subject for their PhD 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 yearsThe 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

  2. says:

    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 uestioning 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:

    While the writing was good tells the story of the Owenses first seven years in Africa and conveys the passion the couple feels toward preserving wildlife there I could not fully appreciate this book Last year this article was published in the New Yorker and it is a really damning portrait of the Owenses presence in Africa Granted the Kalahari book tells of their time in Botswana 1974 1981 and the article focuses on their time in Zambia ca 1986 What the book fails to mention but is pointed out in the article is that the Owenses got KICKED OUT of Botswana by the government for their campaign against the cattle industry there I read the book thinking how skewed it was toward their interests and their cause; hence not entirely accurate It was interesting though to compare what they say in their book to what is reported in the article

  4. says:

    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 conservationThe Owenses have been busy since leaving the Kalahari in 1981 Their bio sketch tells the story

  5. says:

    In Cry of the Kalahari Mark and Delia Owens recount seven years of studying the Botswana wildlife particularly lions and brown hyenas I'm glad they wrote about the experience in such detail as it wasn't just the bliss of watching the lions sunbathing The hardships of their living were unbelievable Just securing the funding was a painstaking process and then there was the day to day hard work and research to be done These two survived so much I'm honestly surprised they lived to tell the taleOriginally published in 1984 it was meant to be a wake up call It still is I believe as the problems of wildlife conservantion abound whether they're different or not I did not check how the situation has changed in all these years and I wish there was an update provided in the new edition but it's not a huge issue While I wasn't able to devour the book in one or two sittings it was a solid read that I'd recommend to anyone interested in wildlife conservation and the behavior of the Kalahari lions Cry of the Kalahari remains a classic and rightly so

  6. says:

    This book is a happy thing for me I first read this book 20 years ago and loved it I went on to read their Elephant book as well Will now 13 is really into non fiction books and I went on something of a uest to figure out the name of the book so he could read it I couldn't remember the name or title or authors or anything and I was doing random Google searches for couple lives with lions in Kalahari desert and things like that No luck Enter Where The Crawdads Sing yes I loved it like everyone else I am reading a review of it one day several months after I've finished the book and the review mentions that although Crawdads is Delia Owens first NOVEL it's not actually her first book then the review goes on to explain about how she and her husband Mark lived in Africa LIGHTBULB MOMENT I immediately Google Delia Owens books and Voila Cry of the Kalahari Now not only has Will also read it it's in his backpack to bring to school for a girl in his English class I loved loved loved this book this couple this story If you haven't read it I highly recommend it

  7. 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 readThe 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 conservationistsIt 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 uniue ualities of the memoirGreat 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 mealThe 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 uality of life improvements for humans in rural regionsOther Books by the AuthorsMark 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 conservationFurther ReadingThose interested in some lighter reading relating to living in the wild and wildlife behavior would be wise to look up Kobie Krüger'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 formatReaders 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

  8. says:

    An inspiring read by a young couple who devoted seven years to the study of lions and hyenas in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana Their bravery fearlessness and tenacity in facing everything that nature and man throws at them is admirable and their contribution to the understanding of those species invaluable to their preservation Side note Delia Owens is also author of a novel I read recently and thoroughly enjoyed “Where the Crawdads Sing”

  9. says:

    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 uotes 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

  10. says:

    I have now read all three of the Owens' memoirs of their time in Africa and although I read this their first adventure last I liked it the best Each of the couple wrote distinct chapters of their experiences in the Kalahari from the early days when they had no funding other than their own meager savings and were severely limited in their exploration and tracking to the later years when they received grants and support and expanded their geographic and species study Their intimate indeed face to face daily interactions with hyenas lions various birds and reptiles jackals and other animals gave them a perspective rarely experienced by science let alone by a young couple working on their PhDs Unfortunately as other readers have noted Mark Owens' gradually increasing anger over the years at the treatment of their beloved animals and especially at the poachers and failure of the government of Botswana to provide sufficient protections later resulted in a controversial conflict that led to the expulsion of the couple from Botswana and their apparently permanent departure from Africa See

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