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Serengeti Shall Not Die by Bernhard Grzimek
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Feb 17, 10

Read in January, 1973

I read this book in High School in 1973, and was struck how committed Bernhard (48 years) and his son Michael Grzimek (23 years) were, to give up everything (Bernhard was a zoo director and said he had never done anything particularily 'adventuresome' in his life) and fly their 'Zebra' stripe painted Cessna plane from Germany to Tanzania. There on the magnificent plains of the Serengeti, they begin the first comprehensive wildlife surveys and migration studies.

The tragedy was that soon after they began their work, Michael was killed while flying their plane when it hit a bird soaring a thermal above the Serengeti.

The book had a profound influence on me and my attitude towards life and living beings in general, and we all owe the Grzimeks a huge gratitude for their pioneering and heroic work to help preserve and protect the wildlife and flora and fauna of East Africa.
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