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The Trouble with Lions: A Glasgow Vet in Africa

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The trouble with lions is that while you are conducting a pregnancy test, you need to be equally, if not more, aware of what you can learn from the lion's other end. That is one lesson that Jerry Haigh brings home in this fascinating collection of stories about working with wild animals in Africa. Conversational in tone, conservational in theme—you will be right beside Jerry, wife Jo, and a colourful cast of vets, guides, and wardens as they scour Africa’s sprawling vistas “troubleshooting” lions, rhinos, humans,...
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Overview

The trouble with lions is that while you are conducting a pregnancy test, you need to be equally, if not more, aware of what you can learn from the lion's other end. That is one lesson that Jerry Haigh brings home in this fascinating collection of stories about working with wild animals in Africa. Conversational in tone, conservational in theme—you will be right beside Jerry, wife Jo, and a colourful cast of vets, guides, and wardens as they scour Africa’s sprawling vistas “troubleshooting” lions, rhinos, humans, and other indigenous mammals. Conservationists, veterinarians, and fans of real-life adventure tales will want to keep this memoir handy on the dashboards of their Land Cruisers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888645036
  • Publisher: University of Alberta Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: Wayfarer Series
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Haigh worked in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon until his retirement in 2008. He and his wife, Jo, lived and worked in Africa for 10 years, where he developed his skills with studying and treating large mammals. Indeed, Jerry counts his recent years of teaching Canadian and Ugandan veterinary students about the complex relationships among wildlife, people and their livestock as the most rewarding of his career.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Jane Goodall Goodall, Jane

1965-1975: Kenya Then and Now

1 Movie Star Rhino 3

2 The Last of the Roans 19

3 One Sick Lion 29

4 A Mixed Bag 42

5 The Eyes Have It 54

6 Crop Raiders 64

7 "Born Free" Lions on TV 76

8 White Rhino in Meru 91

9 Rhino Refuges 105

1995-2007: Forested Africa and the Bushmeat Crisis

10 Forest Elephants 119

11 An Inquisitive Matron 138

12 Bushmeat 148

13 A One-woman Crusade 167

14 Bushmeat and Bureaucrats 174

1997: The Trouble With Lions

15 White White Rhino 189

16 Madikwe's Painted Dogs 207

17 The Pregnant Lion 224

18 Time Out in Botswana and Namibia 240

19 A Trip to Zanzibar 257

20 Sick Lions 272

21 Lions as Trouble 284

22 Lions in Trouble 291

2002-2007: On the Ground in Uganda

23 Teaching in Uganda 313

24 Forest Walks 329

25 Queen Elizabeth National Park 342

26 Kob Research and a Nasty Disease 360

27 Time Off and Reality Checks 375

28 Continuous Learning 395

Epilogue 411

App. 1 Glossary of Plant and Animal Species 421

App. 2 Glossary of Foreign Words 425

Sources and Suggested Reading 429

Index 445

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