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The Eye of the Elephant

An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness
Narrated by: Donna Postel, Sean Runnette
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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The authors of Secrets of the Sahara battle the elephant poachers of Zambia in this "exciting...part adventure story, part wildlife tale" (The Boston Globe).  

Intelligent, majestic, and loyal, with lifespans matching our own, elephants are among the greatest of the wonders gracing the African wilds. Yet in the 1970s and 1980s, about 1,000 of these captivating creatures were slaughtered in Zambia each year, killed for their valuable ivory tusks. When biologists Mark and Delia Owens, residing in Africa to study lions, found themselves in the middle of a poaching fray, they took the only side they morally could: that of the elephants.   

The Eye of the Elephant recounts the Owens' struggle to save these innocent animals from decimation, a journey not only to supply the natives with ways of supporting their villages, but also to cultivate support around the globe for the protection of elephants. Filled with daring exploits among disgruntled hunters, arduous labor on the African plains, and vivid depictions of various wildlife, this remarkable tale is at once an adventure story, a travelogue, a preservationist call to action, and a fascinating examination of both human and animal nature.

©1992 Delia and Mark Owens (P)2019 Tantor

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elephant preservation

An insightful look into the hardships of preserving the African elephant population. A stunning story about one couples fight to save the elephants.

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Real Life Heroes

Having recently been to Botswana and Zimbabwe I observed many elephants close up. They are magnificent and gentle animals. I loved their book and applaud them for their efforts. I wish the country of South Africa would recognize the importance of these animals and cease dealing in Ivory and other elephant parts.

I hope the Owens will update this wonderful book and let us all know the current state of affairs in Africa.

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I want to go there

this book so powerfully moved me that I want to go visit there. just their story but so beautifully told that you find yourself hearing the grumbles of the Lions, or the chomp of giant elephant teeth on grasses. greatly written and an important story of our lifetimes to be understood about how genocide works be it against man or animal.

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Eye opening

A beautiful inside look into the strife between human and animal; survival and necessity. This story follows two dedicated conservationists as they try to eliminate poaching in Africa in the late 80s. The book dives into detail as to why poaching is/was a popular activity and why it should be stopped. It's a tragic, eye opening account of the real story behind animal endangerment and extinction. Everyone needs to know.

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loved this book. so interesting.

Good read. so impressed with the work of Mark and Delia. can highly ecommend this book.

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Great story that increases awareness

I loved this book. The story is very interesting and informative. My only criticism is that the male reader was far less engaging to me and sometimes my mind drifted during his sections. I much preferred the parts read by the female.

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Fantastic

I was captivated all along the way, I remember stories of poaching when I was a kid (age6-12) at the time of these recorded events and it enthralls me to hear how someone was there fighting the good fight.

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So important!

Wow. This story was beautifully told. From the opening sentence, I was drawn in. The authors told such an important story with necessary transparency. The heartbreaking story of the wildlife in Africa needs to be shared.

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If you are into African wildlife Great book

great book about a couple who study wild life poaching in Africa and conservation efforts