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The Lions of Tsavo: Exploring the Legacy of Africa's Notorious Man-Eaters

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By: Bruce D Patterson

231 pages, Col photos, b/w photos, figs

McGraw Hill

Hardback | Dec 2004 | #143277 | ISBN: 0071363335
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Thorough analysis of the story of two male lions who systematically hunted, killed and ate 135 railroad workers when the British built a railway across Africa a century ago. Although these horrifying events have already been the subject of The Man-Eaters of Tsavo this book will be the definitive study. Its focus is primarily on the behaviour and social system of the lions.


The Lions of TsavoTable of ContentsChapter 1: The Reign of Terror: Lions and the RailwayChapter 2: The Terror Continues: Man-Eating Lions TodayChapter 3: Killing Behavior and Man-Eating HabitsChapter 4: Why Do Lions Kill People?Chapter 5: Lion Biology: Evolution and Geographic DistributionChapter 6: Hunting and Social BehaviorChapter 7: The Lion's Mane: Geographic and Individual VariationChapter 8: Why the Lions of Tsavo Are ManelessChapter 9: Animal Conservation and the Creation of Tsavo National Park

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Bruce D. Patterson, PhD, is the MacArthur Curator of Mammals at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, home to the lions killed by Colonel Patterson in 1898. He also teaches at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois, is President of the American Society of Mammalogists, and a PI of Earthwatch Institute's "Lions of Tsavo" project.

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