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  • The Eye of the Elephant
  • Delia Owens
  • English
  • 12 June 2020
  • 9780395680902

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The Eye of the Elephant Read & Download Ñ 109 Delia Owens å 9 Read & Download A Owens set off on a journey across Africa searching for a new Eden They found it in Zambia but elephant poache. I really wanted to love this book I tried The information and the story of what these two conservationists have done is amazing however the overly flowery descriptions and romanticized views of Africa almost drowned out the reason for the book In North Lunagwa National Park in Zambia the elephants were poached almost out of existence To make matters worse the game rangers and politicians were corrupt and in on it These were very important changes that these two wonderful people made to this country giving them jobs and a means to support themselves without poaching This could have been such a powerful book without all the ooey gooey descriptions It felt like they were trying way too hard to make it read like a novel instead of letting it be a nonfiction account of what happened The story was fascinating enough on its own Well they succeeded It read like a novela really bad novel

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The Eye of the Elephant Read & Download Ñ 109 Delia Owens å 9 Read & Download After being expelled from Botswana for writing their controversial bestseller Cry of the Kalahari Mark and Deli. I liked this book as I was reading it although I knew it was dated having been published in 1992 It was educational if heartbreaking and really immersed me in North Lunagwa National Park in Zambia The book begins as the Owenses are expelled from Botswana and the Kalahari their original project in Africa It is never really made clear to the reader or to Mark and Delia Owens why they were expelled but they assumed it was because they were exposing non environmental practices that were directly responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of wild animals After months and years of fighting to stay they finally decided to move on and settled in Zambia in a national park where elephants and other wild animals were being poached and slaughtered by the thousands The remainder of the book is devoted to how Mark and Delia worked to rid the park of poachers and educate the surrounding villages in conservation and prove to them that they can make money and live better lives if the animals are allowed to live Safari tourism will pay and create jobs than poaching and the eventual extinction of the animals It was a constant uphill battle given that the very people charged with stamping out poachers the game wardens the rangers the law enforcement officials and the politicians were all closing their eyes to the problem and worse profiting from poaching and the ivory tradeEventually Mark and Delia come to a parting of the ways with each other as Mark becomes and obsessed with terrorizing the poachers a tactic that Delia finds she can no longer support By this time they had worn themselves out and their health was in serious jeopardy The book ends on a bit of a hopeful note when a new democratic regime is voted in and worldwide the ivory trade is shut down and policies begin to change in favor of conservation We leave Mark and Delia mending their relationship and realizing that the Marulu Puku is their homeBefore I could review the book in researching whether Mark and Delia are still married they are not I read an article about the making of a documentary about their time in Zambia and the documentary apparently painted a much different picture than the book Even as I was reading the book I was asking myself if these two could really be THIS extraordinarily good and if Mark could really be as obsessed and yet as restrained as he was The documentary revealed a lot of not so good that was going on behind the book scenes Who knows where the truth actually lies but the article did color my opinion of the book especially in that those supporters that are named in the book no longer support the Owenses efforts and many tell an entirely different story of their time there than the book reveals The Owenses no longer live in Zambia It is unclear whether they decided to leave or if they fled in the midst of death threats and looming legal charges They live separately on a huge ranch in Idaho where in a complete departure from all she has previously known Delia recently wrote and published the smash bestselling novel Where the Crawdads SingTheir hearts were in the right place and much good seems to have come from their research and their educational programs but it seems like maybe their focus and eventual obsession may have sent them off the rails as often happens It is hard to find fault with them given the lack of support they had worldwide in such an admirable pursuit as the conservation of wildlife in Africa They were environmentalists ahead of their time futilely battling windmills in their effort to bring awareness to a world who just couldn t or didn t want to hear them

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The Eye of the Elephant Read & Download Ñ 109 Delia Owens å 9 Read & Download Rs soon had them fighting for their lives when they tried to stop the slaughter 16 pages of photos half in colo. The Eye of the Elephant An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness is a direct seuel to the memoir Cry of the Kalahari by husband and wife wildlife research team Cordelia Dykes Owens Delia and Mark James Owens It picks up right where the latter book left off but continues the saga in Zambia where the Owenses go to continue studying and protecting African wildlife The overall presentation and structure of the narrative is suspenseful and designed to impress upon the reader the struggles faced by the authors and the struggles that portions of Africa continue to deal with in the face of poverty apathy to change systemic corruption at all levels and coexisting with wildlife in a place that has been forsaken by globalismAlthough the book is very much a direct seuel it is written in the present continuous tense which takes some getting used to and is different from the present tense used in some works of fiction memoirs and the past tense used in the Owenses preuel Cry of the Kalahari Some readers may find this book less compelling to read as a result however the ordeals that the Owenses experience and work to overcome are no less real or challengingLike Cry of the Kalahari a major focus of the memoir is the way in which the Owenses live in the wilderness and the challenges they have as foreigners and researchers in accomplishing their goals Unlike the preuel The Eye of the Elephant deals significantly less with animal interactions and behavior and instead focuses on the interactions and behavior of the people living in villages in and around North Luangwa Valley Great lengths are taken to accurately portray the characters and beliefs of the diverse peoples of this area despite sharing some of the same cultural traditions and backgrounds The Owenses do a very good job of bringing their surroundings and accomplishments to life and over 20 color photos add further examples of the wildlife that they routinely encountered and some of the successes and failures that the Owenses had during their years in Zambia The Eye of the Elephant concludes with a postscript reflecting on the couple s efforts in both Botswana and Zambia There are also two appendices one reiterating the Owenses suggestion on conserving Kalahari wildlife and the other detailing the 1989 international ivory trade ban and its immediate impacts on elephant poaching populations and ultimately their conservation in Africa For background information about the Owenses and their experiences in Africa including synopses uotations from the books and interviews with people in that area please see the April 5 2010 New Yorker article titled The Hunted Did American conservationists in Africa go too farOther Books by the AuthorsMark and Delia Owens have co written two other books that are highly recommended Cry of the Kalahari is the preuel to their journey to Zambia and takes place in Botswana s robust Kalahari Desert It is a necessary read before picking up The Eye of the Elephant and may be fascinating to casual readers Secrets of the Savanna Twenty three Years in the African Wilderness Unraveling the Mysteries of Elephants and People contributes further details about the couples experiences in Zambia with a focus on the human element of conservationFurther ReadingThose interested in some lighter reading relating to living in the wild and wildlife behavior would be wise to look up Kobie Kr ger s The Wilderness Family a warm and vibrant depiction of the reality of the South African Lowveld as experienced by her game warden husband and their family living inside the world famous Kruger National Park in South Africa The Wilderness Family combines the same sense of freedom in the wild as well as anecdotes about coexisting with wildlife and animal behavior as Cry of the Kalahari and in an even readable formatReaders who enjoy reading about wildlife behavior and conservationists in Africa may also be interested in Gareth Patterson s continuing work in Africa Patterson has written several books including To Walk with Lions Last of the Free and My Lion s Heart A Life for the Lions of Africa which detail lion instincts behavior and the challenges involved in raising lions and what considerations must be made before lions can be considered for release back into the wild