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Most Westerners, thanks to television documentaries and numerous books, have some inkling of the appalling destruction of Africa's many ecosystems and the animal species that live in them. Fewer are aware of the work being done in several African nations to preserve these ecosystems. The noted travel photographer Frans Lanting takes us into one protected area, the Okavango River, which begins in the mountains of Angola and ends a thousand miles later in the very heart of Botswana's Kalahari Desert, "the great thirstland." Lanting's photographs are stunning, capturing lionesses in mid hunt, ibises on the wing, and elephants preparing to charge. A trained ecologist, he also takes care to describe how the river interacts with the dry lands that surround it. Lanting's book belongs in the libraries of both Africa buffs and river aficionados. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
The Okavango is an enormous seasonal wetland in the midst of the Kalahari Desert. As Lanting warns, it's another precious habitat teetering on the edge. Though it has long been left to the wildlife because of the tsetse fly problem, recent fly control success has governments pondering whether cattle grazing and other developments should be allowed. Yet damming, draining, and road building would severely alter the natural cycles of water and wildlife migrations. In documenting the cycles of the... read more