For animal lovers, nature enthusiasts, and the vast readership for gripping true-life stories, this African saga is a must-read adventure. It chronicles the unique Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia, where Marieta van der Merwe and her family, former wealthy cattle farmers, have sold land to buy and care for embattled wildlife. We meet Sam, the "AIDS" lion infected by mistake at a vet clinic. Boerjke, a baboon with epilepsy and Down syndrome. Savanna, the one-eyed lioness. And Marieta van der Merwe herself, the inspiring proprietor of Harnas who shares her home with needy wild animals. Survivor of an early life fraught with personal tragedy in the African Bush, she now devotes herself as care-giver and ambassador for wildlife and wildland. Told with insight, humor, and thrilling immediacy by author and Harnas volunteer Barbara Bennett, this story will captivate readers of all ages.
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From Soul of a Lion
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|Lion cubs navigate the landscape of Namibia’s Harnas Wildlife Foundation, a refuge for embattled wildlife. |
Photography by Anikka Funke
|Baby leopard Missy Jo and baby baboon Houdini play in Marieta van der Merwe’s garden. |
Van der Merwe family photo
|Marieta van der Merwe, proprietor of Harnas Wildlife Foundation, and lion Zion. |
Photography by Jo van der Merwe
|A pair of lions are among some 400 rescued, injured, and orphaned animals at Harnas Wildlife Foundation. |
Photography by Anikka Funke.
Barbara Bennett is a professor of English at North Carolina State University and a frequent volunteer at Harnas Wildlife Refuge. She has written numerous articles for local magazines and for scholarly publications. This is her third book.
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Buchbeschreibung National Geographic, 2010. Buchzustand: Neu. Neu - An English professor at North Carolina State University, the author spent a sabbatical as a hands-on volunteer, working with lions, leopards, and other wild creatures at Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia. This title is based on her incredible experiences there. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. INF1000105145