Cry of the Kalahari

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 22, 2014 - Travel - 384 pages

“A remarkable story beautifully told…Among such classics as Goodall’s In the Shadow of Man and Fossey’s Gorillas in the Mist.”—Chicago Tribune

Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. There they lived for seven years, in an unexplored area with no roads, no people, and no source of water for thousands of square miles. In this vast wilderness the Owenses began their zoology research, working along animals that had never before been exposed to humans.

An international bestseller, Cry of the Kalahari is the story of the Owenses’s life with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, and the many other creatures they came to know. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth.


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In 1974 Mark and Delia headed to Africa to start a research project just one year after their wedding day. Cry of the Kalahari is the story of their seven years in the Kalahari Desert. Taking turns ... Read full review

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I do envy lots of what Mark and Delia Owens experienced living in the Kalahari.The up and personal with lions thrilled me as did getting so close to the den of the brown hyenas. However, pythons and ... Read full review


1 The Jumblies
2 Water
3 Fire
4 The Cry of the Kalahari
5 Star
6 Camp
The African Frontier
16 Kalahari Gypsies
17 Gypsy Cub
18 Lions with No Pride
19 The Dust of My Friend
20 A School for Scavengers
21 Pepper
22 Muffin

8 Bones
9 The Carnivore Rivalry
10 Lions in the Rain
11 The van der Westhuizen Story
12 Return to Deception
13 Gone from the Valley
14 The Trophy Shed
15 Echo Whisky Golf
23 Uranium
24 Blue
25 Black Pearls in the Desert
26 Kalahari High
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MARK AND DELIA OWENS are the authors of Cry of the Kalahari, an international bestseller and winner of the John Burroughs Medal, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. Delia is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Where the Crawdads Sing.

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