- Tapa dura: 320 páginas
- Editor: National Geographic Society (20 de septiembre de 2010)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1426206542
- ISBN-13: 978-1426206542
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Soul of a Lion: One Woman's Quest to Rescue Africa's Wildlife Refugees (Inglés) Tapa dura – 20 sep 2010
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"fascinating account...illustrated throughout...flowing text..." -Book News, Inc.
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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.Ver Descripción del producto
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I could not put this book down. My husband is now reading it and I can't wait for him to finish it so we can talk more about it. If you love animals and respect the great human bond between humans and animals you will want to read this amazing book.
Published by National Geographic, "Heart of a Lion" reveals the care given to injured, orphaned or otherwise challenged animals in the Harnas Wildlife foundation in Namibia, Africa. A contrast to "Gorillas in the Mist" and "The Cry of the Kalahari" where the animals were sought out in their natural habitat and studied, this book paints a discerning, enjoyable, but not romanticized picture of the plethora of species and individual personalities of the protectorates.
The strength of this refuge is Marieta van der Merwe, proprietor, or more appropriately called "protector" overseeing the feeding, medical and rehabilitative care of a plethora of 400 unwanted, mistreated or misunderstood animals. Merwe bottle-feeds a baby baboon while conducting planning meetings with her staff of volunteers, family and Bush people. Her personal tragedies, losing her mother at age 12, Congo fever later in life, and the death of a loved one in an airplane crash, are interwoven into the narrative.
The heroes, however, are the animals, inhabiting naturalized enclosures with comforting habitats away from prying eyes of the public: Elsa, the lion cub who napped on the family couch, Grace, a baby baboon fed with an eyedropper, and Gumbi, the hyena, filmed for "Animal Planet' who considers ostrich eggs a delicacy. Marieta's garden is a frolicking playground for baby leopard, Missy Jo and Houdini, the baby baboon.
If author Bennett's writing style rambles a bit, perhaps that is simply reflective of the constant distractions and challenges of unexpected victims arriving at the refuge's doorstep. Compassion and dedication to preserving the lives of those who can't protect themselves is the key here.
I learned some interesting facts as I read: Harnas, the foundation's name was the term for protective armor worn by medieval knights. Actress Angela Jolie, Harnas's official patron, has been photographed with a 23-year old cheetah living on campus. Lastly, a portion of the proceeds from your purchase of this book benefits the animals nurtured at the Wildlife Foundation. Visit [...] for information on how to volunteer, adopt, visit or provide support.
Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont
Barbara Bennett has allowed me to relive my experiences while there but also to allow family and friends who have not experienced the farm an opportunity to read more about it, the history of the farm and about many of the animals and people there.
This book is a wonderful way for former volunteers to once again experience their visit and for people who know nothing about the farm an interesting introduction. While nothing can replace a visit this book comes very close, allowing us a window into what goes on there.