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Ghosts of Tsavo by Philip Caputo
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Jun 23, 2012

really liked it
Read from June 23 to 26, 2012

I first heard of Phil Caputo when I watched an interview with him on (2 Pacifica people, traveling around in their RV, interviewing authors along the way). I liked him and what he had to say so much that I started looking for his books, and this one is the first I've read. It is, I must say, a very good follow-up to The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, even though it is very different. In this one, the author tells of his travels to Tsavo Nat'l Park in Kenya, and the efforts he makes to learn more about the lions that live there that both look and act slightly different than the lions we think of when we think "lion," which are from the Serengeti. So this book is part travelogue, part animal-behavior-science, part history, and part simple philosophical musing on the part of the author, who I almost feel I can call Phil, as I know and like him so much after reading it. I'll look for more by him. Hard to believe that there are so many authors out there--good authors!--that I know nothing about.....

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Vaughn Harrison That's a coincidence -- I'm reading Love, Life & Elephants, by Dame Daphne Sheldrick. She was there at the beginning of Tsavo National Park and (later in the book, which I have not yet gotten to) was co-director of it as well. She raised & released many orphaned animals and established an orpahned elephant nursery. A good read about an interesting time & place.

Patricia Interesting! My book had a good bit about elephants in it and I have read a number of other books about them (of course I can't remember the names.... :D), so your book may tempt me. Thanks.

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