On Safari: The Source for Safaris in East and Southern Africa
By David Anderson
Hardbound Coffee Table-style - 560 Pages
On Safari combines the information found in a comprehensive travel guidebook with the visual presentation of a coffee table-style book. Designed by the internationally recognized, Alyson LeBlanc, this ultra suede and gold-stamped hardbound book is 8.5” x 12” landscape format and contains 1,065 stunning color photographs that will please you, excite you, and move you to explore the “Dark Continent.” Most of the photographs were taken during the Focus on Africa ’04 project when 142 photographers traveled to ten countries to visually capture the magic of an African safari. Safari expert David Anderson , a veteran of 79 safaris, and Carrie Hampton, wrote On Safari. Cristine Mittermeier of Conservation International has written the introduction. When you have turned the last page of this 560-page masterpiece, you will long for more. Therefore, the publishers have created a companion web site, www.onsafari.info that will provide the most accurate information on African safaris on Planet Earth.
Focus on Africa : Wildlife, Conservation, and Man
David Anderson and David Bridge
Hardbound Coffee Table-style - 224 Pages
Focus on Africa launches an innovative approach to affecting an important world issue – wildlife conservation – by linking the power of the press to the images of one hundred and thirty six mostly ordinary tourists who share an interest in photography and the future of earth’s wild heritage. Countless books, many of them strikingly beautiful and containing conservation messages, have been produced on Africa and its wildlife by the superstars of wildlife photography. Frans Lanting, Lex Hes, Jonathan Scott and many others have done extraordinary work on these themes, most if not all spent months or years living among their animal subjects. The Focus on Africa group produced the images in this book while traveling around eight countries on standard one or two-week safaris. No more than a handful of the participants had professional photographic experience of any kind and only one had previously specialized in wildlife photography. In recent years, because of internal problems and negative press, and a troubled world economy, tourism to Africa has declined. Tourism in most of the eight countries visited by Focus on Africa provides a significant portion of their foreign exchange. Without the economic benefit generated by international interest in the continent’s unique wildlife, the pressure of an ever-expanding human population with its need for food and space would soon sweep the animals aside. If Africans do not see wildlife as a sustainable resource, they will see it as a nuisance and a dangerous obstruction to progress. The message Focus on Africa hopes to send is that everyone has power to play a useful part in this drama.
Wildlife Wars: My Fight to Save Africa ’s Natural Treasures
By Dr. Richard Leakey and Virginia Morell
Hardbound - 320 Pages
Known the world over for his work early human origins, Richard Leakey was serving as director of Kenya ’s National Museums when in 1989 President Daniel arap Moi appointed him to run the countries wildlife department. The news stunned Leakey. He was suddenly in charge of an enormous bureaucracy whose responsibility was to oversea millions of acres of parks and sanctuaries, and to protect the animals living in them. Like many other Kenyans, Leakey knew that the countries fabulous wildlife population, in particular the elephant, was in very real danger. By the late 1880’s, the once numberless herds of elephants that roamed its savannahs were dwindling fast, victims of poachers armed with automatic weapons, bureaucratic inefficiency, and the world’s appetite for ivory. Extinction was more then a theoretical possibility.
Leakey quickly realized he had been given more then a job; he had been thrust on to the front lines of a wildlife war, one that was being fought as fiercely in Nairobi government offices as in the parks themselves. Extreme conditions called for extreme measures. One of his first orders of business involved an enormous warehouse of confiscated elephant tusks that were to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, the proceeds used to buttress the demoralized and nearly bankrupt Wildlife Department. Rather then sell the tusks, however, Leakey decided to burn them. The bonfire flames capture the world’s attention. The fight to save the African elephant was ignited.
Wildlife Wars is Leakey’s inspiring and dramatic account of these turbulent times, indelibly capturing Kenya ’s struggle to balance the needs of its human population with the task of maintaining the world-famous parks that are its major source of revenue. He threw himself into his job: restructuring the department, firing nonperforming personal. Securing funds for equipment, and building up a park police force that had both the will and the means to take on the poachers. By slow degrees he and his colleagues at Wildlife were beginning to turn the tide. But the cost of success was often high.
As candid and controversial as its author, this memoir, co written with Leaky family biographer and writer Virginia Morell, is testimony to one man’s commitment to save African wildlife and to serve his country. Richard Leakey has survived threats on his life, potential attacks, and a plane crash in which he lost both legs. Today, unbowed, he remains one of Kenya ’s – and sub-Saharan Africa ’s – most passionate spokesman for conservation, political, and economic reform. Wildlife Wars reveals how deeply his passion runs.
Richard Leakey was director of the Kenyan Wildlife Department from 1989-1994, and from 1998-1999, then served as head of Kenya ’s civil service and secretary to the Cabinet, a position he left in March 2001. He lives with his wife, the paleontologist Meave Leakey, on a farm overlooking the Rift Valley in Kenya .
Virginia Morell is the author of Ancestral Passions: The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind’s Beginnings and the forthcoming Blue Nile : Ethiopia ’s River of Magic and Mystery. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, and Science, for which she is a correspondent. She lives in Oregon .