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Soul of a Lion by Barbara Bennett
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Dec 19, 10

bookshelves: nature, non-fiction
Read from December 14 to 19, 2010

I picked this up thinking it would be an interesting look at wildlife refugee centers, and have to admit I was slightly skeptical at first. I wondered whether raising orphaned animals in captivity was really beneficial to the survival of wild species if the animals could never roam free. Boy did this book make me a believer. And what more, this book is so much more than just a story about animals. It is an incredible and inspirational story about the woman, Marieta van der Merwe, who changed her cattle farm into a refuge for any and all orphaned animals. The stories about her life and the animals she has rescued are absolutely incredible and moving. And further more, I really admire Marieta's determination to make the animals as free as possible, and her respect for their "wildness." This book is not only a must read for animals lovers, but also for anyone who loves reading biographies about strong, inspirational women. I have now added Harnas to my list of places to hopefully one day visit and maybe even do volunteer work there.
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message 1: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Wow Kelly - you sold me on this one! Animals, natural preservation AND strong females...do we have this at the "B&N?" Off we both go to Harnas!!


Kelly Yes, we do have it at B&N. It's going to be my next staff rec!


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