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In the Dust of Kilimanjaro

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This is the story of one man's struggle to protect Kenya's wildlife. Conservationist David Western - who grew up in Africa and whose life is intertwined with the lives of its animals and indigenous peoples - blends biographical details with a history of African wildlife conservation and a glimpse into his life as global spokesperson and one of Kenya's most prominent citize ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Island Press (first published September 1997)
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Brandon
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written and entertaining look at a microcosm of conservation history in Kenya: Amboseli. Western's approach to conservation and science - integrating the participation and knowledge of local peoples - is what I aspire to. The book was refreshingly optimistic while still honestly engaging with the myriad challenges conservation in Africa faces.

As a book, it was a bit slow to start and the diversion to talking about elephant poaching and the ivory ban in the last third of the book seemed o
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Philip
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
A must for anybody interested in conservation, especially in East Africa. Mr Western is a little too fond of the pastoralists.

Pastoralists are now seriously overgrazing all of their range and are doing irreversible damage to much of it. I admire Mr Western for trying to address this situation. I would like him to recognise that the situation is spiralling out of control and in the end strict law enforcement and enforced controls of stock numbers may be the only solution.

It is all very well, and
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Patricia Murphy
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This is a finely narrated first person account of a life devoted to conservation of land and wildlife in East Africa. I'm especially impressed by Western's use of narration and description, skills more suited to a fiction writer than a scientist. His activism becomes more meaningful because the scenes are fully realized. I appreciate the opportunity to spend even a brief amount of time studying this complex history of culture and biology. "the Swahili word for animals, wanyama, means meat."
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