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Posted February 20, 2014
The Eye of the Elephant is a fantastic book about two researchers and their story about wildlife in Africa. The book is set in the North Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Mark and Delia Owens spent months in Africa researching wildlife. They help to disrupt and stop elephant poachers in the park. It is a thrilling story full of adventure and excitement.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It was fun to read and it painted images in my mind with ease. I really enjoyed how the book went into detail about the experiences that Mark and Delia had. The descriptions of the locations and problems they faced was perfect. I was a little disappointed that the book didn’t go into as much detail about the camp or their equipment. That is just a preferential thing for me as I enjoy Tom Clancy-like novels that are very specific. The small details come in once in a while in The Eye of the Elephant but it is mostly focused on the animals.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys wildlife or adventure books. It is a great read and is able to completely immerse you in the story. I have not read their other book the Cry of the Kalahari so I cannot say anything specific about it. I believe that book is about the story that was outlined in the prologue and the fences that were put up in Botswana. Overall, a great book and a must read.
Posted August 18, 2002
The Eye of the Elephant is a wonderful, adventurous journey into the heart and soul of Africa seen through Mark and Delia's eyes. From the very first page you are caught up in their heroic quests to protect the animals they are there to observe. In spite of the unbelievable odds against them, they persevered and put the safety and security of the highly endangered animals FIRST. The elephants in the Luanga Valley are very fortunate to have had Mark and Delia watch over them and be their heroes. I have loved Africa and the African elephant my entire life and I am so grateful for these two selfless, dedicated people who have become the protectors of our most precious wildlife. This is one of my most treasured African stories. You must not miss this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 22, 2002
It is hard to imagine the difficulties that these two reserches face on their quest to conserve wild Africa. This book inspires me to take action in saving the African wild. One of the best books ever next to their first book 'Cry of the Kalhari'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2001
Sitting in my suburban home it is hard to image Delia and Mark Owens trekking down the East African rift escarpment into the remote North Luangwa wilderness. I cannot imagine staying while they are attacked by poachers with automatic weapons. But, seeing elephants slaughtered all around them, they stayed and decided to help the people and, in so doing, save the wildlife. The danger, the dedication, the beauty of the place and their lyric writing kept me reading late into the night. It is a marvelous read for anyone of any age. My highest recommendation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.