Cry of the Kalahari

Topics: Lion, Predation, Africa Pages: 4 (1475 words) Published: November 19, 2012
Cry of the Kalahari
Mark and Delia Owens were two students that studied biology at the University of Georgia. They both shared a dream of saving part of Africa's wilderness that is endangered or going extinct. They researched and made conversation projects based on the endangered wildlife in Africa for twenty-three years. They got married then shortly after they sold everything they owned and used the money to buy tickets and supplies and headed to Africa. They lived in tents for seven years in "Deception Valley," in the Kahalari Desert of Bostwana studying black-manned lions and hyenas.

In their book "Cry of the Kahalari," published in 1984, the Owen's said they had bad living conditions. A quote from them says:
"We rationed ourselves to seven gallons of water per week, for bathing, cooking, and drinking. The water from the drums tasted like hot metallic tea, and to cool it for drinking, we filled tin dinner plates and set them in the shade of the acacia. But if we didn't watch it to closely, the water would quickly evaporate or collect bees, twigs, or soil. After washing the dishes, we took sponge baths in the dishwater, and then strained the coffee-colored liquid through a cloth into the trucks radiator."

They built a research station and over several years they gained the trust of the different lions and brown hyenas.
Mark Owens later went to South Africa to learn how to pilot small airplanes. The Frankfurt Zoological Society became the Owen's main sponsor granted him with the money to get a single-engine plane called a Cessna. He used the plane to take surveys of the wildlife. Him and his wife did very close observations of the social life and behaviors of the brown hyenas. People were attracted to their work, which funded for their observations.

In 1997, they returned the United States to work in the North-West of the United States and to record their data from their years in Africa.
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