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Innocent Killers is a book written in 1971 by Jane Goodall and her husband at the time, photographer Hugo van Lawick, describing their time observing three species of carnivores in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater: African wild dogs, golden jackals, and spotted hyenas. They spent two years on these studies, with their infant son in tow, and what emerged is a series of charming, hilarious, and poignant tales about a vast assemblage of animal characters. As Goodall notes in her epilogue, after...more
This book recounts observations of packs of wild dogs, jackals and hyenas in Tanzania by Jane Goodall and her then husband. I was attracted to the book having met Jane a few years ago in India. She wrote the introductory section and the one on hyenas, he wrote about the wild dogs and the jackals. She is definitely the more engaging writer of the two and I sometimes found the parts which Hugo wrote quite hard going. There's quite a lot of repetition and laborious recounting of not especially inte...more