"Vividly written...Their story is thrilling—the kind of tale that wild-animal lovers won't easily forget."—People
In this riveting real-life adventure, Mark and Delia Owens tell the dramatic story of their last years in Africa, fighting to save elephants, villagers, and -- in the end -- themselves. The award-winning zoologists and pioneering conservationists describe their work in the remote and ruggedly beautiful Luangwa Valley, in northeastern Zambia. There they studied the mysteries of the elephant population’s recovery after poaching, discovering remarkable similarities between humans and elephants. A young elephant named Gift provided the clue to help them crack the animals’ secret of survival. A stirring portrait of life in Africa, Secrets of the Savanna is a remarkable record of the Owenses's unique passions.
HMH Books; July 2007
- ISBN: 9780547527154
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: Secrets of the Savanna
- Author: Mark Owens; Delia Owens
Imprint: Mariner Books
In The Press
"A moving account that documents their [the Owenses] efforts, illustrates their courage and intelligence, and--no small achievement--makes for a terrific read." –Providence Journal
"A fascinating look at the interplay of social and wildlife upheavals in Africa in the early 1990s and a worthy follow-up to the authors' Cry of the Kalahari." –Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A stirring account by two dedicated and courageous conservationists." –Kirkus Reviews
"Each of the Owens's three books is a stand-alone page turner that reads like a novel with characters, both human and animal, that are so compelling you just can't wait to see what happens to them next. Both Mark and Delia have warm and accessible voices that invite the reader into a world that few will ever experience." –Cape Codder
"The Owenses have proven that the hard work of two people can improve the lives of thousands, if not millions of people." –Contra Costa Times
About The Author
MARK AND DELIA OWENS are the authors of Cry of the Kalahari, an international bestseller and winner of the John Burroughs Medal, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. Delia is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Where the Crawdads Sing.