Read online or download a free book: Save Me From The Lion's Mouth
Publisher: Struik Nature (1 July 2012)
By: James Clarke (Author)
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In many parts of Africa a 'front line' has developed between humans and wild animals. People are stressfully aware of their vulnerability, whether from predators that eat their stock, or from marauders that trash their crops: elephants, hippos, bushpigs, baboons, cane rats, dense sun-blocking swarms of locusts and quelea finches that can wipe out an entire season's crop and leave a community starving. And a startling number of people in Africa are killed by wildlife each year. This reality is rarely conveyed to investors in wildlife conservation or to visitors to wildlife sanctuaries. But the battle lines are drawn between communities directly impacted by the remnant wildlife of an increasingly congested Africa, and the paymasters of a first-world population of voyeurs. Can all the players coexist? This controversial expose of the conflict between humans and wildlife lifts the lid on the battle for turf: the future of conservation will depend on the relationship established between wildlife authorities and those bearing the brunt along the front line. The African noun for wildlife is nyama meat. For millennia, bush meat was the birthright of rural communities. Now, over much of the continent even where protein is scarce it is illegal to hunt it. As a result, communities are developing foraging units of well-armed men. They do not see poaching even the merciless slaughter of rhinos as being, in any way, reprehensible. Poachers are heroes. The urban public, even in Africa, are unaware that, annually, along the eastern side of Africa from Mozambique to the upper Nile, thousands of rural dwellers are eaten by lions, leopards, hyenas and crocodiles or are killed defending their crops from marauding elephants, hippos and buffaloes. Until more of the wealth from wildlife tourism and game hunting trickles down to the communities at present it trickles up resentment and bitter strife will grow.REVIEWS ''Save Me From The Lion's Mouth: Exposing Human-Wildlife Conflict in Africa' by James Clarke is such an interesting book I could hardly put it down! It has so many true stories of people's encounters with the wildlife of Africa, often tragic encounters. The author has been a wildlife writer and reporter for decades and also is one of three founders of South Africa's most effective wildlife conservation movements, the Endangered Wildlife Trust. In spite of being a dedicated conservationist of these wildlife treasures, he makes us well aware of the problems the people who live in areas surrounding the parks, where animals roam freely and are protected. There are many deaths each year by snakes, elephants, hippos, buffalo, lions, leopards, some of the large primates, and a few by rhinos. And even more endangered are the crops on which the surrounding native villages depend, but which the animal forage, trample, or ruin. The book brings out many facts that must be faced about people and animals safely co-habiting, hunters and poachers who wound the animals being the cause of many dangers. The book is thoughtfully and factually written to make us aware that people must be protected too. If you plan a safari to Africa, you MUST read this book first! 'Bonnie Neely, Real Travel Adventures, 2013/01/10'
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