The Eye of the Elephant

The Eye of the Elephant

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Overview

“Exciting. . . part adventure story, part wildlife tale”—The Boston Globe

Intelligent, majestic, and loyal, with lifespans matching our own, elephants are among the greatest of the wonders gracing the African wilds. Yet, in the 1970s and 1980s, about a thousand of these captivating creatures were slaughtered in Zambia each year, killed for their valuable ivory tusks. When biologists Mark and Delia Owens, residing in Africa to study lions, found themselves in the middle of a poaching fray, they took the only side they morally could: that of the elephants.
 
The Eye of the Elephant recounts the Owens’ struggle to save these innocent animals from decimation, a journey not only to supply the natives with ways of supporting their villages, but also to cultivate support around the globe for the protection of elephants. Filled with daring exploits among disgruntled hunters, arduous labor on the African plains, and vivid depictions of various wildlife, this remarkable tale is at once an adventure story, a travelogue, a preservationist call to action, and a fascinating examination of both human and animal nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395680902
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 24,012
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

When Mark and Delia Owens first went to Africa in 1974, they bought a thirdhand Land Rover, drove deep into the Kalahari Desert, and lived there for seven years. They 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. After more than 30 years in Africa, they returned to the United States to carry on their conservation work.


When Mark and Delia Owens first went to Africa in 1974, they bought a thirdhand Land Rover, drove deep into the Kalahari Desert, and lived there for seven years. They 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. After more than 30 years in Africa, they returned to the United States to carry on their conservation work.

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The Eye of the Elephant: An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
travelledguy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. The sequel of the Cry of the Kalahari. Man's inhumanity to animals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Eye of the Elephant is a fantastic book about two researchers and their story about wildlife in Africa. The book is set in the North Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Mark and Delia Owens spent months in Africa researching wildlife. They help to disrupt and stop elephant poachers in the park. It is a thrilling story full of adventure and excitement. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It was fun to read and it painted images in my mind with ease. I really enjoyed how the book went into detail about the experiences that Mark and Delia had. The descriptions of the locations and problems they faced was perfect. I was a little disappointed that the book didn’t go into as much detail about the camp or their equipment. That is just a preferential thing for me as I enjoy Tom Clancy-like novels that are very specific. The small details come in once in a while in The Eye of the Elephant but it is mostly focused on the animals. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys wildlife or adventure books. It is a great read and is able to completely immerse you in the story. I have not read their other book the Cry of the Kalahari so I cannot say anything specific about it. I believe that book is about the story that was outlined in the prologue and the fences that were put up in Botswana. Overall, a great book and a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Eye of the Elephant is a wonderful, adventurous journey into the heart and soul of Africa seen through Mark and Delia's eyes. From the very first page you are caught up in their heroic quests to protect the animals they are there to observe. In spite of the unbelievable odds against them, they persevered and put the safety and security of the highly endangered animals FIRST. The elephants in the Luanga Valley are very fortunate to have had Mark and Delia watch over them and be their heroes. I have loved Africa and the African elephant my entire life and I am so grateful for these two selfless, dedicated people who have become the protectors of our most precious wildlife. This is one of my most treasured African stories. You must not miss this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is hard to imagine the difficulties that these two reserches face on their quest to conserve wild Africa. This book inspires me to take action in saving the African wild. One of the best books ever next to their first book 'Cry of the Kalhari'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sitting in my suburban home it is hard to image Delia and Mark Owens trekking down the East African rift escarpment into the remote North Luangwa wilderness. I cannot imagine staying while they are attacked by poachers with automatic weapons. But, seeing elephants slaughtered all around them, they stayed and decided to help the people and, in so doing, save the wildlife. The danger, the dedication, the beauty of the place and their lyric writing kept me reading late into the night. It is a marvelous read for anyone of any age. My highest recommendation.