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An African Diary: 12 Days in Kenyas Magical Wilderness

Valmik Thapar (Author)

The natural beauty and bounty of Masai Mara in Kenya make it one of the finest places to observe wild animals up close. Valmik Thapar, after thirty-three years of tiger-watching, finds himself in this natural haven where he confesses spending one of his finest twelve-day stretches ever.

With nearly 200 colour photographs showcasing every incident as the author tracked the wild animals, An African Diary is an authentic record of what the Mara has to offer to the keen observer. From the largest to the smallest, the book captures the complex web of life: the big and awe-inspiring (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhinoceros) to 'smaller wonders' (black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox) to birds of all feathers (ostrich, lilac-breasted roller, black-headed oriole, yellow bee-eater) to reptiles, and much more. The book also records the author's experiences in Ol ari Nyiro, a sprawling wildlife paradise in northern Kenya.

The Afterword ('The Guardians of Eden') by Kuki Gallmann, author of the bestselling I Dreamed of Africa , is a passionate reflection -on the need to save the world's natural treasures. Ian Johnson's 'The Keys to Paradise', a special inclusion, offers rare insights on guiding and ecotourism in Africa.

The photographs, captured moment to moment, and the narrative, with its near-graphic rendition, meld to create a visual continuity reminiscent of motion pictures. Not just about the beauty of the natural world but also the battle so vital to save it, An African Diary is a must-read for animal lovers and nature conservationists.

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About the author

Valmik Thapar

Valmik Thapar, one of the world’s leading tiger conservationists, earned a degree in social anthropology from Delhi University in 1972 and since then has dedicated his life to tiger research and preservation. Thapar has been associated with Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan, northern India, for nearly thirty years. He is the founder and director of the Ranthambhore Foundation, which he created in 1987, an organization devoted to maintaining the ecological balance necessary to protect the tiger and its habitats all over India. Thapar is the author of ten books on tigers, most recently Tiger: The Ultimate Guide (2004), The Cult of the Tiger (2002), Saving Wild Tigers (2001), Wild Tigers of Ranthambhore (2000), and The Land of the Tiger (1997), which accompanied a major BBC-TV series of the same name. Thapar has also written Bridge of God (2001), about the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya, and Battling for Survival (2003), an ecological history of the forests of South Asia. Thapar has appeared in and contributed to a number of documentaries. Since 1992 Thapar has been serving on several expert committees of the Indian government related to tigers and wildlife and is currently a member of the Central Empowered Committee, which was constituted by the Supreme Court of India to Monitor forests and wildlife. He lives in New Delhi.

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Bibliographic information

Title An African Diary: 12 Days in Kenyas Magical Wilderness
Author Valmik Thapar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 29.06.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 198061188
length xiii+153p.Coloured Plates; Maps; 23cm.