Lion Land

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“In the end the survival of the Mara will depend upon the outcome of an ancient struggle between the world’s two top predators — lions and humans.” — Brian Jackman

We’re excited to see this new updated edition of Brian Jackman’s 1982 wildlife classic, The Marsh Lions: The Story of an African Tribe. For five years Jackman, and photographer Jonathan Scott, followed the Marsh pride through the Masai Mara region of Kenya, along the Tanzania border. With time they came to know each lion as the distinct individuals they are. This is a extremely well-told, and complex story of the African plains, full of encounters with cheetahs, wild dogs, hyena, giraffe, topi, eland, impala, zebra, buffalo, and gazelle. It’s such a rich tapestry of life, you might want to have Richard Despard Estes’ The Behavoir Guide to African Mammals (also pictured above) on hand for quick reference!

Here’s a terrific BBC film clip on the marsh lions of Africa:

Here’s another richly illustrated lion tale, set farther south, in Botswana’s Okavango Delta:
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Relentless Enemies: Lions and Buffalo by Beverly and Dereck Joubert.

Closer to home, here’s two excellent titles to help your study of one of our very own native cats — the mountain lion:
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Cougar: Ecology and Conservation, edited by Maurice Hornocker, Sharon Negri, and Alan Rabinowitz, and Listening to Cougar, edited by Marc Bekoff and Cara Blessley-Lowe, a collection of essays from writers such as J. Frank Dobie and Rick Bass.

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