The Circle of life: Wildlife on the African Savannah

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9780810945333: The Circle of life: Wildlife on the African Savannah

The photographs of brothers Anup and Manoj Shah bring to life the spectacular landscape and wildlife of the savannah, the tropical and sub-tropical grasslands that cover much of the African continent. Concentrating on the Serengeti-Masai Mara regions in Kenya and Tanzania, this volume chronicles life and death on the savannah, as lions, giraffes, wildebeest, elephants, gazelles, zebras, hippos, hyenas, baboons and many more species give birth, play, hunt, feed, groom, sleep, mate, migrate and die.

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About the Author:

Brothers Anup and Manoj Shah grew up in Kenya, East Africa, where they spent many hours watching wild animals roaming in their natural environment in nearby Nairobi National Park. They were educated in England at Cambridge University, but their powerful attachment to Africa never lessened, and they soon returned to Kenya, where they turned their love for its land and wildlife into successful careers in wildlife photography. In the nine years since deciding to work as a team, they have taken four to five trips out into the field a year. Both brothers have received many photography awards, and their photographs have appeared in numerous magazines including National Geographic (Anup's photographs of chimpanzees appeared in the April 2003 issue).

From Publishers Weekly:

Anup and Manoj Shah, who grew up in Kenya, have made their lives' work photographing the wildlife of the Serengeti-Maasai Mara and the Ngorongoro Crater regions in Kenya and Tanzania. The photos gathered in this generous coffee-table book have appeared in National Geographic and National History, among other magazines. Nature is frozen in its most dramatic moments here: a hyena carries off a dismembered giraffe leg in a light so vivid that one can almost feel the grizzled, torn tendons; lions roar in the act of copulation in a blur that captures the fleeting moment; a martial eagle crouches over a bloody bit of fawn in a photo with startlingly beautiful, painterly colors. The landscape is alive in a photo of two lions watching a coming storm; a spotted hyena, face soaked in blood, pauses and we see the depths of its eyes. Readers get anthropomorphized wildlife ("Females, it seems, are the shoppers, and males are the sellers") on a regular basis thanks to Animal Planet-not exactly original commentary, but the pictures are awe-inspiring nonetheless. Organized by chapters like "Herds and Social Groups," "Grazers and Browsers" and "Light and Energy" with brief text introductions, the book emphasizes the seasonality and intricate diversity of the Savannah. The authors highlight the delicate interdependence of life forms, with a chapter called "Scavengers and Decomposers," and the images themselves argue for the preservation of this vital wilderness. 235 full-color illustrations.
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