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Big Pharma, Dirty Lies, Busy Bees And Eco Activists - 20 Environmental Stories From South Africa (Paperback): David Bristow Big Pharma, Dirty Lies, Busy Bees And Eco Activists - 20 Environmental Stories From South Africa (Paperback)
David Bristow
R260 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R70 (27%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This exciting third book from David Bristow covers everything environmental in South Africa that you always wanted to know about.

The topics in this book include pesticides, poaching, petrol, plastics, population, pollination, pollution, pods, politics, pharmaceuticals, people, prophets, power and poop. Find out what industrially manufactured foods and large-scale farming are doing to us; how state capture has derailed our civil service and triggered sewerage spills, oil slicks and air pollution; who benefits most from health supplements; and what are the real costs of generating power and what works best – coal, nuclear, fracking, solar or wind.

You will also read about the good deeds of our eco heroes: those who bring water and hope to stricken towns; who farm regeneratively and sell us wholesome foods; who clean up other people’s messes; as well as individual superheroes who nurture their own back gardens. This book celebrates some of them. Written in the same engaging style as his previous two books in the series Stories from the Veld series (The Game Ranger, the Knife, the Lion and the Sheep and Of Hominins, Hunter-Gatherers and Heroes), this book is a journey into unravelling the environmental landscape of South Africa.

Changing A Leopard's Spots - The Adventures Of Two Wildlife Trackers (Paperback): Alex van den Heever, Renias Mhlongo Changing A Leopard's Spots - The Adventures Of Two Wildlife Trackers (Paperback)
Alex van den Heever, Renias Mhlongo
R290 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R50 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

World-renowned wildlife trackers Alex van den Heever and Renias Mhlongo have spent more than two decades working together, tracking leopards and lions at Londolozi, jaguars in South America and grizzly bears in the United States.

In Changing a Leopard’s Spots, Alex shares stories from his life with Renias, including the successes, failures, dramas, laughter, disappointments and highlights. As they experience numerous adventures, Alex and Renias learn to trust and rely on one another – both in order to stay alive, in a literal sense because of the sometimes dangerous environments in which they work, but also to develop a deep and meaningful relationship.

By challenging each other and learning from one another they break down social, cultural, racial and personal boundaries and obstacles that often divide South Africans; and in the process, the two men forge an unbreakable bond.

God Is Green - Christianity and the Environment (Paperback): Ian Bradley God Is Green - Christianity and the Environment (Paperback)
Ian Bradley 1
R359 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R68 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

God is Green examines what the Bible has to say about humanity's relationship with and responsibility for the environment, and how Church traditions over the centuries have interpreted this. Ian Bradley argues that Christianity at its essence is a 'green faith' which has been distorted over the years. First published in 1990, this new edition of the book is revised for the contemporary state of our climate, and includes a chapter-by-chapter study guide for individuals and small groups.

Beetle Queen (Paperback): M G Leonard Beetle Queen (Paperback)
M G Leonard 1
R200 R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Save R69 (35%) In stock

The second book in the bestselling BATTLE OF THE BEETLES series - perfect for fans of Roald Dahl! 'Truly great storytelling.' MICHAEL MORPURGO on BEETLE BOY Cruel beetle fashionista, Lucretia Cutter, is at large with her yellow ladybird spies. When Darkus, Virginia and Bertolt discover further evidence of her evil, they're determined to stop her. But the three friends are in trouble. Darkus' dad has forbidden them to investigate any further - and disgusting crooks Humphrey and Pickering are out of prison. Hope rests on Novak, Lucretia's daughter and a Hollywood actress, but the beetle diva is always one scuttle ahead ...

Environmental education (Paperback): Environmental education (Paperback)
R165 R146 Discovery Miles 1 460 Save R19 (12%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days
The Lost Words: Spell Songs (Hardcover): Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris, Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, Kris... The Lost Words: Spell Songs (Hardcover)
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris, Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, … 1
R571 R440 Discovery Miles 4 400 Save R131 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Spell Songs is a musical companion piece to The Lost Words: A Spell Book by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris. This mixed media CD is accompanied by sumptuous illustrations from Jackie Morris, new 'spells' by Robert Macfarlane, enlightening thoughts by Robert, Jackie and Spell Singer Karine Polwart and stunning photography by Elly Lucas. In 2018 Folk by the Oak Festival commissioned Spell Songs because of their love of The Lost Words book. Spell Songs comprises eight remarkable musicians whose music engages deeply with landscape and nature; musicians who are perfectly placed to respond to the creatures, art and language of The Lost Words. They spent a week in Herefordshire bringing this music together in the company of Jackie Morris. Art inspired music and music inspired art. Jackie Morris immersed herself in the musical residency where she generously created new iconesque artwork of each musician and their instruments portrayed in an unexpected and enchanting way. These stunning new artworks accompany the CD. Spell Songs allowed these acclaimed and diverse musicians to weave together elements of British folk music, Senegalese folk traditions, and experimental and classical music to create an inspiring new body of work. Here are 14 songs which capture the essence of The Lost Words book. Spoken voice, whispers, accents, dialects, native languages, proverbs, sayings, birdsong, river chatter and insect hum all increase the intimacy of the musical world conjured by the songs. Inspired by the words, art and ethos of The Lost Words book, each musician brings new imaginings, embellishments and diversions which are rooted in personal experience, a deep respect for the natural world, protest at the loss of nature and its language and an appreciation for wildness and beauty. In February 2019 Spell Songs enjoyed standing ovations at sell-out performances in major venues across the UK culminating at The Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, London. Spell Songs was a highlight of The Hay International Literary Festival 2019 and in August 2019 they were invited to perform at the BBC's Lost Words Prom in the Royal Albert Hall. They will continue to tour each year. "There are songs here that would live with me for the rest of my years, even if I'd had no part in their making". Robert Macfarlane

Bringing Back the Beaver - The Story of One Man's Quest to Rewild Britain's Waterways (Hardcover): Derek Gow Bringing Back the Beaver - The Story of One Man's Quest to Rewild Britain's Waterways (Hardcover)
Derek Gow
R551 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R151 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bringing Back the Beaver is farmer-turned-ecologist Derek Gow's inspirational and often riotously funny firsthand account of how the movement to rewild the British landscape with beavers has become the single most dramatic and subversive nature conservation act of the modern era. Since the early 1990s - in the face of outright opposition from government, landowning elites and even some conservation professionals - Gow has imported, quarantined and assisted the reestablishment of beavers in waterways across England and Scotland. In addition to detailing the ups and downs of rewilding beavers, Bringing Back the Beaver makes a passionate case as to why the return of one of nature's great problem solvers will be critical as part of a sustainable fix for flooding and future drought, whilst ensuring the creation of essential lifescapes that enable the broadest possible spectrum of Britain's wildlife to thrive.

More from Less - The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources--And What Happens Next (Paperback):... More from Less - The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources--And What Happens Next (Paperback)
Andrew McAfee
R456 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R82 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Globalization and Diversity: Pearson New International Edition - Geography of a Changing World (Paperback, 4th edition): Lester... Globalization and Diversity: Pearson New International Edition - Geography of a Changing World (Paperback, 4th edition)
Lester Rowntree, Martin Lewis, Marie Price, William Wyckoff
R1,722 Discovery Miles 17 220 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Were you looking for the book with access to MasteringGeography? This product is the book alone and does NOT come with access to MasteringGeography. Buy the book and access card package to save money on this resource. This contemporary approach to World Regional Geography introduces the latest ideas, concepts, and theories in geography while also developing a strong foundation in the fundamentals of world regions. It helps professors convey a strong sense of place and an understanding of the connections within and between world regions. Globalization and Diversity is a briefer version of the popular Diversity Amid Globalization by the same authors; this distillation focuses on the core materials that students need in a World Regional Geography course. The Fourth Edition features a new and unique focus on sustainability.

The Little Book of Bees - An Illustrated Guide to the Extraordinary Lives of Bees (Hardcover): Hilary Kearney The Little Book of Bees - An Illustrated Guide to the Extraordinary Lives of Bees (Hardcover)
Hilary Kearney; Illustrated by Amy Holliday 1
R285 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R75 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bees continue to fascinate and charm us all - from novice gardeners and nature-lovers to dedicated environmentalists - and today, bees need our help more than ever. Discover the story of these incredible creatures, with The Little Book of Bees. Bees first appeared on Earth an incredible 130 million years ago. Since the time of the dinosaurs, evolution has taken our beloved bees on an incredible journey - and today, there are 20,000 species on the planet. The Little Book of Bees is a lovely, informative book of all things bee - from evolution and communication, to honey, beekeeping, and saving the bees - all in a beautifully illustrated gift book. Contents Chapter One: The Story of Bees The Evolution of the Bee The Bee Life Cycle The Bee Family Tree Bee Anatomy Bee Nesting Behaviours Bee Factoids Chapter Two: Superorganisms Sociality in Bees Bumble Bees Honey Bees Stingless Bees Chapter Three: Honey What is Honey? Types of Honey Practical Uses for Honey Honey Healthcare Chapter Four: Beekeeping Why Keep Bees? An Introduction to Beekeeping Keeping Stingless Bees Chapter Five: Protecting Our Bee Buddies Why Are Bees in Decline? Supporting Our Bees in 10 Easy Steps Providing a Home for Bees

Britain's Habitats - A Field Guide to the Wildlife Habitats of Great Britain and Ireland - Fully Revised and Updated... Britain's Habitats - A Field Guide to the Wildlife Habitats of Great Britain and Ireland - Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition (Paperback)
Sophie Lake, Durwyn Liley, Robert Still, Andy Swash; Foreword by Alastair Driver
R759 R595 Discovery Miles 5 950 Save R164 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A comprehensive and lavishly illustrated photographic guide-now in a handy field-guide format This lavishly illustrated photographic guide provides a comprehensive overview of the natural history of wildlife habitats in Britain and Ireland. Now completely redesigned in a handy field-guide format, and featuring revised and updated text throughout, this new edition of Britain's Habitats guides readers through all the main habitat types, presenting information on their characteristics, extent, geographical variation, key species, cultural importance, origins and conservation. It aims to help visitors to the countryside recognize the habitats around them, understand how they have evolved and what makes them special, and imagine how they might change in the future. This new edition includes updated maps and additional photographs throughout, and covers a new habitat-gardens. The perfect companion for anyone travelling in Britain and Ireland, the book is essential reading for all wildlife enthusiasts, professional ecologists and landscape architects. Individual sections on all the main habitat types found in Britain and Ireland More than 680 evocative colour photographs, including images from around Britain and Ireland in all seasons Details and photographs of key species and features associated with the different habitats Up-to-date information-including maps-on the distribution, extent and importance of all habitat types Features new to this edition include a field-guide format, updated maps, more photographs throughout and coverage of an additional habitat-gardens

The Durban forest (Hardcover): Mark Matts The Durban forest (Hardcover)
Mark Matts
R350 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

For a sustainable urban future to be possible, a new botanical discipline is needed to deepen our understanding of the relations between people and plants. This discipline will link environmental management concerns with those of human welfare and wellbeing in a specifically urban context to achieve both ecological restorations and social redress. The Durban Botanic Gardens Trust has published The Durban Forest as an early effort to establish a manifesto for this much-needed new discipline, and provides both historical and forward-looking perspectives on the changing relations between natural areas and urban dwellers. These relations urgently await our exploration if we are to face the challenges of the accelerating urbanism and environmental change that are now upon us. The Durban forest will appeal to all those interested in people and the environment, culture and community, our past and our future. Most of all, it will speak to the Durban of tomorrow and suggest a new kind of botany that will help to build a future for all Durbanís residents that is environmentally, socially and economically more just and more secure. The Durban forest is the first in a series of publications planned by the Durban Botanic Gardens Trust. The series is to be entitled umKhuhlu, the African name for Trichilia dregeana, the forest mahogany and an iconic Durban tree. The series will draw on the gardenís reputation as Durbanís oldest, and one of its most treasured public institutions in order to encourage a new model of plant use. This model aspires to a specific urban, humanitarian and restorative focus that will support a just and resilient urbanism.

At the Precipice - New Mexico's Changing Climate (Paperback): Laura Paskus At the Precipice - New Mexico's Changing Climate (Paperback)
Laura Paskus
R463 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

At the Precipice explores the question many of us have asked ourselves: what kind of world are we leaving to our children? The realities of climate change consume the media and keep us up at night worrying about the future. But in New Mexico and the larger Southwest, climate change has been silently wreaking havoc: average temperatures in the Upper Rio Grande Basin are increasing at double the global average; super fires like Las Conchas have devastated mountains; and sections of the Rio Grande are drying up. Laura Paskus has tracked the issues of climate change at both the state and federal levels. She shares the frightening truth, both in terms of what is happening in nature and what is not happening to counteract the mounting crisis. She writes, "I wonder about the coming world. Which trees will grow, which birds will have survived...the door to that new world has opened. And there's no going back". And yet the history of the future has not yet been written - or has it?

The Good Ancestor - How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World (Paperback): Roman Krznaric The Good Ancestor - How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World (Paperback)
Roman Krznaric 1
R340 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R90 (26%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

How can we be good ancestors?

From the first seeds sown thousands of years ago, to the construction of the cities we still inhabit, to the scientific discoveries that have ensured our survival, we are the inheritors of countless gifts from the past. Today, in an age driven by the tyranny of the now, with 24/7 news, the latest tweet, and the buy-now button commanding our attention, we rarely stop to consider how our actions will affect future generations. With such frenetic short-termism at the root of contemporary crises, the call for long-term thinking grows every day – but what is it, has it ever worked, and can we even do it?

In The Good Ancestor, leading public philosopher Roman Krznaric argues that there is still hope. From the pyramids to the NHS, humankind has always had the innate ability to plan for posterity and take action that will resonate for decades, centuries, even millennia to come. If we want to become good ancestors, now is the time to recover and enrich this imaginative skill.

The Good Ancestor reveals six profound ways in which we can all learn to think long-term, exploring how we can reawaken oft-neglected but uniquely human talents like ‘cathedral thinking’ that expand our time horizons and sharpen our foresight. Drawing on radical solutions from around the world, Krznaric celebrates the innovators who are reinventing democracy, culture and economics so that we all have the chance to become good ancestors and create a better tomorrow.

Terra Incognita - 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years (Hardcover): Ian Goldin, Robert Muggah Terra Incognita - 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years (Hardcover)
Ian Goldin, Robert Muggah 1
R695 R539 Discovery Miles 5 390 Save R156 (22%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Amazing. It would be my desert island choice' Martin Rees 'Fascinating, beautiful, alarming and revelatory use of mapping and infographics' Stephen Fry on EarthTime maps 'An indispensable read' Arianna Huffington From the global impact of the Coronavirus to exploring the vast spread of the Australian bushfires, join authors Ian Goldin and Robert Muggah as they trace the ways in which our world has changed and the ways in which it will continue to change over the next hundred years. Map-making is an ancient impulse. From the moment homo sapiens learnt to communicate we have used them to make sense of our surroundings. But as Albert Einstein once said, 'you can't use old maps to explore a new world.' And now, when the world is changing faster than ever before, our old maps are no longer fit for purpose. Welcome to Terra Incognita. Based on decades of research, and combining mesmerising, state-of-the-art satellite maps with enlightening and passionately argued analysis, Ian and Robert chart humanity's impact on the planet, and the ways in which we can make a real impact to save it, and to thrive as a species. Learn about: fires in the arctic; the impact of sea level rise on cities around the world; the truth about immigration - and why fears in the West are a myth; the counter-intuitive future of population rise; the miracles of health and education that are waiting around the corner, and the reality about inequality, and how we end it. The book traces the paths of peoples, cities, wars, climates and technologies, all on a global scale. Full of facts that will confound you, inform you, and ultimately empower you, Terra Incognita guides readers to a new place of understanding, rather than to a physical location.

Citizen Mack - Politics, an Honorable Calling (Hardcover): Connie MacK Citizen Mack - Politics, an Honorable Calling (Hardcover)
Connie MacK
R661 R525 Discovery Miles 5 250 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The The Lost Words - Card game (Game): Robert Hyde The The Lost Words - Card game (Game)
Robert Hyde
R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Lost Words Magpie Puzzle (Jigsaw): Robert Macfarlane The Lost Words Magpie Puzzle (Jigsaw)
Robert Macfarlane; Illustrated by Jackie Morris
R662 R550 Discovery Miles 5 500 Save R112 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Analytical Methods for Environmental Monitoring (Paperback): Frank Taylor, Mike Cartwright, Rafi Ahmad Analytical Methods for Environmental Monitoring (Paperback)
Frank Taylor, Mike Cartwright, Rafi Ahmad
R1,999 R1,784 Discovery Miles 17 840 Save R215 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Environmental legislation emphasises the need for industries to control and monitor the environmental impact of their activities and this requires laboratory analysis of pollutants. This practical handbook covers current methods for detecting and monitoring pollution in air, soil and water in the context of legal requirements and industry standards. It provides comprehensive coverage of all the major, broadly applicable methods, from traditional methods to biosensors and remote sensing, giving practical guidance on their use. This text will be a valuable reference for any environmental scientist with an interest in analytical techniques. It is appropriate for MSc and postgraduate courses in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering and Environmental Analytical Chemistry.

To Die For - Is Fashion Wearing out the World? (Paperback, Epub Edition): Lucy Siegle To Die For - Is Fashion Wearing out the World? (Paperback, Epub Edition)
Lucy Siegle 1
R310 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R62 (20%) In stock

An expose on the fashion industry written by the Observer's 'Ethical Living' columnist, examining the inhumane and environmentally devastating story behind the clothes we so casually buy and wear. Coming at a time when the global financial crisis and contracting of consumer spending is ushering in a new epoch for the fashion industry, To Die For offers a very plausible vision of how green could really be the new black. Taking particular issue with our current mania for both big-name labels and cheap fashion, To Die For sets an agenda for the urgent changes that can and need to be made by both the industry and the consumer. Far from outlining a future of drab, ethical clothing, Lucy Siegle believes that it is indeed possible to be an 'ethical fashionista', simply by being aware of how and where (and by whom) clothing is manufactured. The global banking crisis has put the consumer at a crossroads: when money is tight should we embrace cheap fast fashion to prop up an already engorged wardrobe, or should we reject this as the ultimate false economy and advocate a return to real fashion, bolstered by the principles of individualism and style pedigree? In this impassioned book, Siegle analyses the global epidemic of unsustainable fashion, taking stock of our economic health and moral accountabilities to expose the pitfalls of fast fashion. Refocusing the debate squarely back on the importance of basic consumer rights, Siegle reveals the truth behind cut price, bulk fashion and the importance of your purchasing decisions, advocating the case for a new sustainable design era where we are assured of value for money: ethically, morally and in real terms.

Economics Express: Environmental Economics (Paperback): Stuart Wall Economics Express: Environmental Economics (Paperback)
Stuart Wall
R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This title is designed to engage students with the research, debates, and practical applications of economics. The book will help build up student confidence in approaching exams and assignments.

More From Less - The surprising story of how we learned to prosper using fewer resources - and what happens next (Hardcover):... More From Less - The surprising story of how we learned to prosper using fewer resources - and what happens next (Hardcover)
Andrew McAfee 1
R567 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R200 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Everyone knows we're doomed by runaway overpopulation, pollution, or resource depletion, whichever comes first. Not only is this view paralysing and fatalistic, but, as Andrew McAfee shows in this exhilarating book, it's wrong... More from Less is fascinating, enjoyable to read, and tremendously empowering' Steven Pinker Bestselling author and co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy Andrew McAfee says there's a new reason for optimism: we're past the point of 'peak stuff' - from here on out, it'll take fewer resources to make things, and cost less to lead a comfortable life. This turn of events invalidates the predictions of overpopulation alarmists and those who argue we need to drastically reduce our conception of how much is enough. What has made this turnabout possible? One thing primarily: the collaboration between technology and capitalism. Capitalism's quest for higher profits is a quest for lower costs; materials and resources are expensive, and technological progress allows companies to use fewer of them even as they grow their markets. Modern smartphones take the place of cameras, GPS units, landline telephones, answering machines, tape recorders and alarm clocks. Precision agriculture lets farmers harvest larger crops while using less water and fertiliser. Passenger cars get lighter, which makes them cheaper to produce and more fuel-efficient. This means that, even though there'll be more people in the future, and they'll be wealthier and consume more, they'll do so while using fewer natural resources. For the first time ever, and for all time to come, humans will live more prosperous lives while treading more lightly on the Earth. The future is not all bright, cautions McAfee. He warns of issues that still haven't been fully solved. (For example, our oceans are still vulnerable to overfishing; global warming is still running largely unchecked; and even as 'dematerialisation' - the reduced need for raw materials - improves our global situation, power and resources are getting more concentrated. That creates an even larger division between the haves and the have nots.) More From Less is a revelatory, paradigm-shifting account of how we've stumbled into an unexpected balance with nature, and the possibility that our most abundant centuries are ahead of us.

100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything (Paperback): Mark Z. Jacobson 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything (Paperback)
Mark Z. Jacobson
R1,182 Discovery Miles 11 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Numerous laws - including the Green New Deal - have been proposed or passed in cities, states, and countries to transition from fossil fuels to 100% clean, renewable energy in order to address climate change, air pollution, and energy insecurity. This textbook lays out the science, technology, economics, policy, and social aspects of such transitions. It discusses the renewable electricity and heat generating technologies needed; the electricity, heat, cold, and hydrogen storage technologies required; how to keep the electric power grid stable; and how to address non-energy sources of emissions. It discusses the history of the 100% Movement, which evolved from a collaboration among scientists, cultural leaders, business people, and community leaders. Finally, it discusses current progress in transitioning to 100% renewables, and the new policies needed to complete the transition. Online course supplements include lecture slides, answers to the end-of-chapter student exercises, and a list of extra resources.

Environmental Science for CAPE Unit 2 CXC (CD-ROM, New edition): Alana Lancaster Environmental Science for CAPE Unit 2 CXC (CD-ROM, New edition)
Alana Lancaster; Contributions by Vindra Cassie, Philip DaSilva, Jillian Orford, Caribbean Examinations Council
R658 Discovery Miles 6 580 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

These Study Guides have been developed exclusively with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC(r)) to be used as an additional resource by candidates who are following the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE(r)) programme. They provide candidates with extra support to help them maximise their performance in their examinations.

My Lion's Heart - A Life For The Lions Of Africa (Paperback): Gareth Patterson My Lion's Heart - A Life For The Lions Of Africa (Paperback)
Gareth Patterson
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Environmentalist, independent researcher and author, Gareth Patterson has spent his entire adult life working tirelessly for the greater protection of African wildlife and, more particularly, for that of the lion. Born in England in 1963, Gareth grew up in Nigeria and Malawi. From an early age he knew where his life’s path would take him – it would be in Africa, and his life’s work would be for the cause of the African wilderness and its wild inhabitants. His is an all-encompassing African story.

From his childhood in West and East Africa to his study of a threatened lion population in a private reserve in Botswana to his work with George Adamson, celebrated as the ‘Lion Man’ of Africa, we witness Gareth’s growing commitment to his life’s mission. This is nowhere more evident than in his account of his life as a human member of a lion pride, experiencing life and death through its eyes, as he successfully rehabilitated three famous orphaned lion cubs back into a life in the wilds. At considerable risk to his own personal safety, he exposed the sordid canned lion ‘industry’ in South Africa, bringing this shameful practice to international attention.

After moving to the Western Cape he took up the fight for the African elephant, notably the unique endangered Knysna population, and published his astonishing findings in his 2009 book The Secret Elephants. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the stressful nature of his work, Gareth suffered a massive physical and mental breakdown in his forties, which he discusses here for the first time with an openness that underlines his courage. Lesser men might have been broken, but his ‘lion’s heart’ fought back and he ultimately overcame his illness.

Gareth Patterson’s long-awaited autobiography is a moving account of one man’s single-minded dedication to the preservation of Africa’s wildlife. It is also a stark reminder that if the human race does not want to lose Africa’s priceless wild heritage there is no time to waste.

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