In this fascinating account of scientific study among forbidding wilderness, a husband-and-wife team describe their trek to the Kalahari to study the little-known brown hyena. The details of the scientific inquiry are provided while the daily challenges of living with children 420 kilometers from the nearest town are described. Despite the hardships, the couple becomes so enchanted by these intelligent animals that they stay for 12 years, documenting many hyena clans and observing behavior only a handful of people have ever seen.
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Gus Mills has studied African carnivores for nearly 40 years. He is the author of The Complete Book of Southern African Mammals, Kalahari Hyaenas, and Predators and Farmers. Margie Mills works with rural communities and assists her husband's research.
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