The Circle of Life: Wildlife on the African Savannah

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These extraordinary photographs by two brothers, Anup and Manoj Shah, take the reader on a spectacular journey into the heart of the African savannah, concentrating on the Serengeti-Maasai Mara and Ngorongoro Crater regions in Kenya and Tanzania. The Shah brothers' breathtaking images chronicle life and death in one of the most fascinating and complex eco-systems in the world, a place left largely untouched by man. Here lions, giraffes, elephants, zebras, cheetahs, hippos, hyenas, baboons, wildebeests, and ...
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Overview

These extraordinary photographs by two brothers, Anup and Manoj Shah, take the reader on a spectacular journey into the heart of the African savannah, concentrating on the Serengeti-Maasai Mara and Ngorongoro Crater regions in Kenya and Tanzania. The Shah brothers' breathtaking images chronicle life and death in one of the most fascinating and complex eco-systems in the world, a place left largely untouched by man. Here lions, giraffes, elephants, zebras, cheetahs, hippos, hyenas, baboons, wildebeests, and thousands of other species give birth, play, hunt, feed, groom, sleep, mate, migrate, and die in the dramatic scenes played out on these pages.Anup Shah's text complements the images, starting with the most basic elements necessary for life on the savannah and gradually building up to the intricate, dynamic interactions between the plants and animals in the food chain and their environment. Every aspect of daily life is touched on: evolution and natural selection, sex and mating rituals, birth and motherhood, staying alive and getting along, predators and prey, herds and social groups. In the final chapters the reader discovers that in death all living things return to the soil, where it all began, thus completing the circle of life.

Author Bio: Anup and Manoj Shah, sons of Indian parents, were born and raised in Kenya. They were educated at universities in England, but they soon returned to Kenya, where they turned their love for its land and wildlife into successful careers as photographers. Their award-winning photographs have appeared in numerous magazines including National Geographic, National Wildlife, Natural History, and Nature's Best.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Anup and Manoj Shah, who grew up in Kenya, have made their lives' work photographing the wildlife of the Serengeti-Maasai Mara and the Ngorongoro Crater regions in Kenya and Tanzania. The photos gathered in this generous coffee-table book have appeared in National Geographic and National History, among other magazines. Nature is frozen in its most dramatic moments here: a hyena carries off a dismembered giraffe leg in a light so vivid that one can almost feel the grizzled, torn tendons; lions roar in the act of copulation in a blur that captures the fleeting moment; a martial eagle crouches over a bloody bit of fawn in a photo with startlingly beautiful, painterly colors. The landscape is alive in a photo of two lions watching a coming storm; a spotted hyena, face soaked in blood, pauses and we see the depths of its eyes. Readers get anthropomorphized wildlife ("Females, it seems, are the shoppers, and males are the sellers") on a regular basis thanks to Animal Planet-not exactly original commentary, but the pictures are awe-inspiring nonetheless. Organized by chapters like "Herds and Social Groups," "Grazers and Browsers" and "Light and Energy" with brief text introductions, the book emphasizes the seasonality and intricate diversity of the Savannah. The authors highlight the delicate interdependence of life forms, with a chapter called "Scavengers and Decomposers," and the images themselves argue for the preservation of this vital wilderness. 235 full-color illustrations. (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Anyone who has ever gone on safari or dreamed of doing so will delight in this oversized volume. Born in Kenya and educated in England, the Shah brothers are widely recognized for their award-winning photography in such magazines as Natural History and National Geographic. Here, they concentrate on Kenya and Tanzania, particularly the wildlife-rich Maasai Mara-Serengeti ecosystem and the Ngorongoro Crater. Thoughtfully organized, the book starts with an overview of the African savanna and moves through the effects of rain and drought cycles, light and energy, natural selection, adaptation and diversity, sexual selection, raising young, herds and social groups, grazers and browsers, the Great Migration, predators and hunters, and, finally, scavengers and decomposers. Each of the 20 chapters begins with a concise, readable introduction, followed by exceptional photos that portray their subjects in unique ways that go beyond the typical head study or full-body shots. Given the size of the photos-most of which fill the entire page-the reader is drawn in and has the feeling of actually being there. Whether it's a lioness and her cubs waiting out a downpour or a troupe of Olive baboons sleeping in the trees at sunset, one can almost feel the heat and smell the scents! Highly recommended for natural history, travel, and photography collections.-Edell Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810945333
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,356,223
  • Product dimensions: 10.37 (w) x 12.37 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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