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Hardcover New in New jacket From the summit of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, the author surveys the marvelous Edens of East Africa, among the last Pleistocene-like ... concentrations of animals left in the world today. Descending, Shomon gives a firsthand account of the great sanctuaries, providing a knowledgeable escort on safari in the scrublands of Tsavo, where elephants are imperiled. He continues on to the Ark at Aberdares, where visitors can watch, under floodlights of a watchtower, rain forest animals come to feed; to the rain forests of Mount Kenya; and to the Serengeti and Mara Plains, with their great migrating herds besieged by predators and thwarted in their journeys by swollen rivers and flooded lakes. 8 1-2x10 1-2. 288 pp. 26 color, 35 b&w photos, 11 line drawings. Apps. Index. Read more Show Less

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Africa's great game parks house thousands of the world's most incredible wildlife, including the elephant, rhino, zebra, and gorilla, but along with this beauty comes a desperate struggle for existence. This living legacy faces the possibility of becoming extinct because of ignorance and apathy.

In Wild Edens: Africa's Premier Game Parks and Their Wildlife, longtime conservationist and seasoned African travelerJoseph James Shomon journeys through the wild African scene, revealing its magnificence and mystique, and wonderfully describes the game parks' location, ecology, and irreplaceable wildlife.

From the summit of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, the author surveys the marvelous Edens of East Africa, among the last Pleistocene-like concentrations of animals left in the world today. Descending, Shomon gives a firsthand account of the great sanctuaries, providing a knowledgeable escort on safari in the scrublands of Tsavo, where elephants are imperiled. He continues on to the Ark at Aberdares, where visitors can watch, under floodlights of a watchtower, rain forest animals come to feed; to the rain forests of Mount Kenya; and to the Serengeti and Mara Plains, with their great migrating herds besieged by predators and thwarted in their journeys by swollen rivers and flooded lakes.

The journey continues through the Great Rift Valley and Olduvai Gorge to Lake Manyara with its tree-climbing lions; Ngorongoro Crater; Samburu and Meru, where the rhino is threatened; the waterways of Uganda; the Mountains of the Moon; the Kalahari Desert; and the wildlife sanctuaries of South Africa, ending the tour at the Cape of Good Hope.

Shomon argues that the plethora of impersonal technology and excessive mechanization, as well as the world's focus on violence, social ills, and discord on our domestic front, consume the world's energies, leaving little interest for safeguarding and conserving Africa's wild edens.

Shomon's engaging and informative text, complemented with attractive photographs and pen-and-ink drawings, encourages those interested in Africa and its wildlife to visit the cradle of our ancestral beginnings and to take an active role in its preservation and conservation.

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Editorial Reviews

Nancy Bent
"A moving tribute to the major game parks of Africa, Wild Edens is also a good introduction to the wonders of one of the last great wildlife spectacles on the planet. The author, a wildlife conservationist, takes the reader on a journey through the parks of East and South Africa. Starting with Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest on the continent, Shomon visits such well-known areas as Amboseli (Kenya), the Serengeti (Tanzania), the Okavango (Botswana), and Kruger (South Africa). Filled with personal anecdotes from his many trips to the preserves, the author’s descriptions . . . have an immediacy that is appealing. The author’s black-and-white photographs (plus two sections of color photos) . . . further enhance the book’s travelogue quality."—Nancy Bent
Joseph James Shomon
A moving tribute to the major game parks of Africa, Wild Edens is also a good introduction to the wonders of one of the last great wildlife spectacles on the planet. The author, a wildlife conservationist, takes the reader on a journey through the parks of East and South Africa. Starting with Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest on the continent, Shomon visits such well-known areas as Amboseli (Kenya), the Serengeti (Tanzania), the Okavango (Botswana), and Kruger (South Africa). Filled with personal anecdotes from his many trips to the preserves, the author's descriptions of the area and what animals the visitor can expect to see have an immediacy that is appealing. The author's black-and-white photographs (plus two sections of color photos), along with line drawings of the larger animals opening each chapter, further enhance the book's travelogue quality. Appendixes cover the life of David Livingstone, a list of parks and preserves, and guidelines for a safari. The author's conservation ethic permeates the text, reminding us that we'll only protect what we care about.
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Despite a long history of political upheaval, the continent of Africa remains a magnetic destination for travelers. Early explorers wrote exciting accounts of the culture and wildlife, and it is these same treasures, particularly the wildlife, that still attract thousands of visitors each year. Africa has more parks, reserves, and sanctuaries than any other continent, and despite extreme poverty and tremendous population burdens, many countries are committed to wildlife conservation and protection. Shomon, the director of American Conservation Planning Associates, has written a guided tour of Africa that blends natural history with travel and personal experience. His aim is to arouse interest and support from readers, travelers, photographers, scientists, researchers, and conservationists to further safeguard Africa's wildlife--a formidable task. Anyone planning a trip to the game parks of Africa should enjoy Shomon's book. Recommended for larger public libraries and academic institutions.--Edell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890968017
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph James Shomon was director of American Conservation Planning Associates, Norfolk, Virginia. He received his doctorate in natural resources conservation from the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Prologue: Why Africa?
1 Under the Spell of Kilimanjaro 3
2 Elephant Country: Amboseli, Tsavo, and Salt Lick 13
3 The Aberdares and Mount Kenya: Fragments of the High Rain Forest 25
4 Avian Wonder Lakes of the Great Rift Valley 35
5 The Seething Plains of Serengeti and Masai Mara 43
6 Olduvai, Manyara, and Ngorongoro: Singular Worlds Apart 55
7 The Marvels of Samburu and Meru 65
8 Approaching the Mountains of the Moon 79
9 Desert and Delta: The Kalahari and Okavango 91
10 Namibia: A Symphony in Sand and Rock 99
11 South Africa: Its Wondrous Wilds and Refuges of Hope 109
App. 1 David Livingstone and the Wilderness He Loved 121
App. 2 National Parks, Game Preserves, and Wildlife Sanctuaries in East, Central, and Southern Africa 131
App. 3 Guidelines for an African Safari 141
Index 145
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