The Eye of the Elephant: An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The authors of Secrets of the Sahara battle the elephant poachers of Zambia in this "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 1,000 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.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 31 minutes|
|Author||Mark Owens, Delia Owens|
|Narrator||Donna Postel, Sean Runnette|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 19, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #20,355 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#28 in General Africa Travel Books
#32 in Environmental Conservation
#37 in Adventure Travel (Audible Books & Originals)
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Mark & Delia Owens put their health, their marriage, and their lives on the line. In the end their efforts are rewarded though only when there are so few elephants left to kill, the global CITES agreement has undermined the ivory trading market, and the Zambia political regime is changed. When these things come together the alternative economic programmes and educational programmes initiated by the Owenses have the opportunity to fill the poaching void.
The account of these events told in the book ends in the early 1990's. Poachers are apprehended, poaching has almost stopped, though I wonder.... What is going on now? Has the Luangua elephant population recovered or has the area regressed again to poaching? A postscript would be good in a new edition of this book.