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The Trouble with Lions: A Glasgow Vet in Africa

Biography / Memoir

Series: Wayfarer Series

By: Jerry Haigh

462 pages, b/w photos, map

University of Alberta Press

Paperback | Apr 2008 | #174409 | ISBN-13: 9780888645036
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NHBS Price: £24.99 $31/€29 approx

About this book

The trouble with lions is that while you are conducting a pregnancy test, you need to be equally, if not more, aware of what you can learn from the lion's other end. That is one lesson that Jerry Haigh brings home in this fascinating collection of stories about working with wild animals in Africa. Conversational in tone, conservational in theme - you will be right beside Jerry, wife Jo, and a colourful cast of vets, guides, and wardens as they scour Africa's sprawling vistas 'troubleshooting' lions, rhinos, humans, and other indigenous mammals. Conservationists, veterinarians, and fans of real-life adventure tales will want to keep this memoir handy on the dashboards of their Land Cruisers.

Have you ever had the experience of meeting someone who makes a distant part of the world, or a different way or life, make sense to you for the first time? Reading Jerry Haigh's The Trouble With Lions" is like that. There are many good story tellers out there, and Haigh is one of them. But here's the big difference--he has decades of unique, fascinating experience to back it up. But as fun, and often funny, as Haigh's tales are, the real value of "The Trouble With Lions" lies in the way he sees the world, and the ways in which humans relate to each other and to the wildlife and nature around them. This isn't just a book about one man's experiences. It's a story about Africa, and its people, and its wildlife, and the dramatic, often heartbreaking changes all three have experienced over the last 4 decades. "The Trouble With Lions" is an excellent book for lovers of Africa, and adventure, and a good tale well told. -- Thomas Hayden, renowned science writer. "Gives you a closer look at the wild animals that once roamed free and plantiful across a continent, and you'll find no better guide than Dr Jerry Haigh." -- The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon. "Of the 60 authors nominated for 2008, I'm willing to wager he's the only one that's ever performed an enema on a rhino. The incident isn't recounted in Jerry Haigh's The Trouble With Lions, which was nominated in the Nonfiction and Saskatoon Book categories. Instead it was included in his first book about his four decades working as a wildlife vet in Africa called Wrestling with Rhinos. Lions, however, has its share of facinating stories and insights into a continent that, as the cradle of humanity and home to all manner of exotic animal species, exerts a strong hold on our imagination. " -- Gregory Beatty, Book Awards 'a book that will appeal to all those, whether veterinarians of not, with a concern for wildlife conservation.' -- Veterinary Record Jan 2010


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