9 of the best wildlife books you’ll ever read
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Interested in discovering more about wildlife through engaging stories about wildanimals?
I read at least one wildlife book a month. Its my genre of choice as I naturally gravitate towards books on animals.Perhaps not all that surprising given that I have a Primatology degree and volunteer with primates.
Check out my top recommendations for wildlife books that Ive enjoyed reading. I hope thatyoull enjoy them as much as I did.
Synopsis: For eons, female members of the Porcupinecaribou herd have made the 2,800-mile journey from theirwinter feeding grounds to their summer calving grounds.They once roamed borderless wilderness; now they trekfrom Canada, where theyre protected, to the United States,where they are not. Whats more, beneath the calvinggrounds lay vast reserves of oil. Determined to convey boththe enormity of the caribous migration and the delicacy oftheir habitat, Karsten Heuer and his wife spent theirhoneymoon following the herd. For five months, theytraveled an uncharted course on foot over mountains,through snow, and across frozen rivers, with only threesemi-scheduled food drops for support. As with the caribou,Heuer and his wife faced dwindling fat reserves and stalkingby ravenous grizzlies and wolves just awakened fromhibernation. Both a rousing adventure story and a soberecological meditation, Being Caribou vividly conveys thismagnificent animals world.
Why I Enjoyed Reading About Being Caribou:
Caribou dont have the wow factor that some animals likepandas have. They dont draw you in as some wildlifespecies do. Before reading this book I had a mild interest inthem at most. After reading it, I found caribou and Karstensjourney to be fascinating! I had no idea just how sensitive they were. I also recommend the Being Caribou DVD. Ithink its even better than the book. After reading this book, not only will you never think of caribou the same again,you might think of them.
In the Shadow of Man
Synopsis: World-renowned primatologist, conservationist,and humanitarian Dr. Jane Goodalls account of her lifeamong the wild chimpanzees of Gombe is one of the mostenthralling stories of animal behavior ever written. Heradventure began when the famous anthropologist Dr. LouisLeakey suggested that a long-term study of chimpanzees inthe wild might shed light on the behavior of our closest livingrelatives. Accompanied by only her mother and her Africanassistants, she set up camp in the remote Gombe StreamChimpanzee Reserve in Tanzania. For months the projectseemed hopeless; out in the forest from dawn until dark, shehad but fleeting glimpses of frightened animals. But graduallyshe won their trust and was able to record previouslyunknown behavior, such as the useand even the makingof tools, until then believed to be an exclusive skill of man. Asshe came to know the chimps as individuals, she began tounderstand their complicated social hierarchy and observedmany extraordinary behaviors, which have forever changedour understanding of the profound connection betweenhumans and chimpanzees.
Why I Loved Reading In the Shadow of Man:
If I could only choose one role model, it would be Dr JaneGoodall. Goodall and her books were what led me to pursuea Primatology degree, work in environmental education at theCalgary Zoo and volunteer with primates. Ive had thepleasure of hearing her speak twice, and soon for the third time.
Through sharing her experiences with the chimps, youll love how connected you feel to each of the chimps. Someof them you will love. Others you will loathe. This book, above any other Ive read, really dives into the distinctpersonality that each animal has. It also makes you realise just how similar we are. I also highly recommendingreading Next of Kin, or any of Goodalls books.
Soul of a Lion
Synopsis: For animal lovers, nature enthusiasts, and thevast readership for gripping true-life stories, this Africansaga is a must-read adventure. It chronicles the uniqueHarnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia, whereMarieta van der Merwe and her family, former wealthycattle farmers, have sold land to buy and care forembattled wildlife. We meet Sam, the AIDS lioninfected by mistake at a vet clinic. Boerjke, a baboonwith epilepsy and Down syndrome. Savanna, the one-eyed lioness. And Marieta van der Merwe herself, theinspiring proprietor of Harnas who shares her home withneedy wild animals. Survivor of an early life fraught withpersonal tragedy in the African Bush, she now devotesherself as care-giver and ambassador for wildlife andwildland. Told with insight, humor, and thrilling immediacyby author and Harnas volunteer Barbara Bennett, thisstory will captivate readers of all ages.
Why I Loved Reading Soul of a Lion:
If I could only read five wildlife books the rest of my life,this would be one of them. The stories of love andconnection are incredibly impactful. One story between ababoon and a goat will have you in heartfelt tears. Youllfind yourself saying awww and wow, multiple timesthroughout this book. Its incredibly impactful forunderstanding the power of love, and its ability to crossspecies.
The Elephant Whisperer
Synopsis: Lawrence Anthony devoted his life to animalconservation, protecting the worlds endangered species.Then he was asked to accept a herd of rogue wildelephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand.His common sense told him to refuse, but he was theherds last chance of survival: they would be killed if hewouldnt take them.
In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In theyears that followed he became a part of their family. Andas he battled to create a bond with the elephants, hecame to realize that they had a great deal to teach himabout life, loyalty, and freedom.
The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting,funny, and sometimes sad memoir of Anthonysexperiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures.Set against the background of life on an African gamereserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife,Anthonys unrelenting efforts at animal protection and hisremarkable connection with nature will inspire animallovers and adventurous souls everywhere.
Why I Loved ReadingThe Elephant Whisperer:
First of all, I commend Lawrence for taking a herd ofelephants that would have been sentenced to death. Thatin itself is inspiring, but what I loved, even more, was seeing how Lawerence described a herd written off as nothingbut trouble, not only transform, but flourish when given a chance.
The Wilderness Family
Synopsis: Everyone warned Kobie Krger that being thewife of a game warden at a remote ranger station in SouthAfricas largest national park would be an arduous move.The heat was unbearable, malaria would be a constantdanger, her husband would have to be away for longstretches, there were no schools or nearby doctors for theirthree daughters, and of course the area teemed with wildanimals. Yet for Kobie and her family, the seventeen yearsat South Africas Kruger National Park were the mostmagical of their lives. Now, in The Wilderness Family, Kobierecounts the enchanting adventures and extraordinaryencounters they experienced in this vast reserve wherewildlife has right of way.
Why I Enjoyed Reading The Wilderness Family
Ive read this book at least 5 times and keep coming back toit. How would you deal with a resident cobra at yourdoorstep? Or being isolated for months at a time? Keepingyour family safe from floods? Kobie brings Africa to life in away that few of us will ever know with her brilliantstorytelling. Ive made all my bookclubs over the years readthis book and even people who arent really into wildlife,have really enjoyed it.
Gorillas in the Mist
Synopsis: One of the most important books ever written about our connection to the natural world, GORILLAS INTHE MIST is the riveting account of Dian Fosseys thirteen years in a remote African rain forest with the greatest ofthe great apes. Fosseys extraordinary efforts to ensure the future of the rain forest and its remaining mountaingorillas are captured in her own words and in candid photographs of this fascinating endangered species.
Why I Loved Reading Gorillas in the Mist
If I were to sum up this book in one word, it would be Digit, the silverback gorilla who Fossey became close to andwho died a tragic and unnecessary death. You can see glimpses of Fosseys erratic behaviour. (There were rumoursthat she was schizophrenia.) But more importantly a look into the lives of these gentle giants. Seeing gorillas inRwanda was one of the most incredible experiences of my life.
Synopsis: For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into wasa beautiful and dangerous