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Cry of the Kalahari

Delia Owens, Mark Owens

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The incredible memoir by international bestselling author of Where The Crawdad's Sing, Delia Owens and her partner Mark Owens', charting their time researching wildlife in the Kalahari Desert. Reissued and in full colour, for the first time since its original publication.

'A remarkable story beautifully told... Among such classics as Goodall's In the Shadow of Man and Fossey's Gorillas in the Mist' Chicago Tribune

Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. There they lived for seven years, in an unexplored area with no roads, no people, and no source of water for thousands of square miles. In this vast wilderness the Owenses began their zoology research, working along animals that had never before been exposed to humans.

An international bestseller on original release, Cry of the Kalahari is the story of the Owenses's life with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, and the many other creatures they came to know. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth.

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Praise for Cry of the Kalahari

  • For anyone interested in animals or in real live adventure, this book is a must - Jane Goodall

  • Extraordinary... How the couple overcame the hazards of the desert and came to appreciate its living richness makes fascinating reading... Read their remarkable book to be delighted, moved and awed - People Magazine

  • Leaps off the page and sweeps you away - Los Angeles Times

  • Splendid...If [the Owenses's] survival is a wonder, so is their book - stirring, heartening and elegiac all at once - Newsweek

  • One of the best testimonials to the perseverance, idealism and general spunk of passionate animal students - Washington Post

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Delia Owens

Delia Owens is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa including Cry of the Kalahari.


She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and many others.


She currently lives in Idaho. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel.

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