24 October 2012 by Kate Turkington

In Search of the African Lion

A magnificent coffee table book on the king of the beasts, <em>In Search of the African Lion</em>, is a must-buy for any wildlife enthusiast or photographer. The photographs are superb, the information knowledgeable and interesting.

The African Lion

This magnificent book by husband-and-wife team, the award-winning Roger and Pat de La Harpe, showcases what is arguably Africa’s most iconic animal.

Published by Sunbird Publishers, the book concentrates on the king of the beasts (Panthera leo) in 4 main areas of South Africa – the Kalahari, Kruger National Park, Madikwe and Mapungubwe, and Northern Zululand.

But, of course, it is the photographs that steal your eyes. Sleeping, yawning, prowling, hunting, killing, feeding – the lions dominate.

Created over a period of 18 months, Roger and Pat not only photographed lions in their multiple moods and moments, but also documented them in words. You’ll read about the dynamics of a lion pride, their hunting patterns, their reproductive cycles and their interaction with other animals, including humans.

You’ll also learn about the informed studies and relevant research of wildlife managers and scientific researchers, as well as the important day-to-day work carried out by game rangers.

All sorts of little-known facts pop up too, such as that the lions of Madikwe and Pilanesberg rarely hunt and kill buffalo, maybe because they were brought to these parks from the great game park of Etosha in Namibia, where there are no buffalo.

But, of course, it is the photographs that steal your eyes. Sleeping, yawning, prowling, hunting, killing, feeding – the lions dominate.

In Search of the African Lion is a big coffee table book, but well worth packing in your luggage as an unforgettable memory of your safari and one of Africa’s most charismatic animals.

It’s already a prize number in my wildlife/African library …

Category: Wildlife


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