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From the best-selling authors of Cry of the Kalahari, the dramatic
story of Mark and Delia Owens''s last years in Africa, fighting to
save elephants, villages, and, in the end, themselves.
Crossing stick bridges over swollen rivers and battling swarms of
tsetse flies, Mark and Delia Owens found their way into one of the
most startlingly beautiful, wild places on earth, the northern
Luangwa Valley in Zambia. As they were setting up camp to launch
their lion research, gunfire echoed off the cliffs nearby. Gangs of
ivory poachers were not only shooting the elephants but also
virtually enslaving local villagers. Against unimaginable odds,
Mark and Delia stopped the poaching by helping the villagers find
other work, start small businesses, and improve their health care
Living with wild creatures all around (lions sleeping at their
toes, an orphan elephant dancing a jig in camp), Mark and Delia
observed surprising similarities between the behaviors of humans
and those of other animals. The bonding among young female animals
and the competition among males reminded them of their own
childhoods. As the elephant population slowly recovered from
poaching, the Owenses saw parallels to human societies under
stress. Older elephants, killed for their tusks, had taken with
them the knowledge that had been passed down to the young for
generations. The slaughter of the elders led to chaos -- single
mothers without older females to guide them, solitary orphans,
rowdy gangs of young males -- and a scientific mystery: how could
there be so many babies and so few females old enough to be
mothers? A young orphan they named Gift eventually provided the
clue to the remarkable discovery that revealed the elephants''
After the local ivory poachers were put out of business, they
shifted their sights from the elephants to the Owenses. To save
themselves, Mark and Delia took a lesson from the elephants,
employing one of the last secrets of the savanna.