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The Greatest Safari: In the Beginning Was Africa: The Story of Evolution Seen from the Savannah

By: Søren Rasmussen (Author)

288 pages, 32 plates with colour photos

30 degrees South

Paperback | Oct 2014 | #222320 | ISBN-13: 9781928211518
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NHBS Price: £19.95 $25/€24 approx

About this book

Why does the zebra have stripes and the elephant a long trunk? How did the giraffe acquire a long neck and why does a hippopotamus lie in muddy water all day? How does an acacia tree kill grazing wild? Do wild animals speak to each other and do they have feelings?

In The Greatest Safari, the reader is taken on an African adventure and told stories about the feelings, senses and communication of the savannah's many inhabitants. From sausage trees, cycads, termites and ants to lions, hyenas, bats and gorillas. The Greatest Safari deals with the mechanisms that propelled life.

We humans have acquired the facility of feeling we are something special, and thus also the feeling that we constitute an evolutionary zenith. In contradiction to this, nature is indifferent and within its boundaries there is only one criterion for success, namely survival. What the brain can produce in terms of poetry and nuclear physics is beneath notice compared with the ability to survive. If we accept the prehistoric people Homo habilis and Homo erectus as the first human beings on Earth, bacteria are still thousands of times older and are currently the most successful organism.


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Biography

Søren Rasmussen was born in Denmark in 1952 and holds a master degree in Molecular Biology and Conservation in Africa. He is founder and owner of Albatros Travel A/S, Albatros Safari in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Namibia; founder of Karen Blixen Camp in Kenya; owner of Honeyguide Safari Camps in Manyaleti (Kruger) and Entabeni, and a partner in Entabeni Nature Reserves and Legend Lodges SA. Søren is also founder of the Adventure Marathon concept with famous marathons such as The Big Five Marathon in South Africa and The Great Wall Marathon.

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