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Okavango: Jewel of the Kalahari

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By: Karen Ross

215 pages, 170 col photos, maps

Random House Struik

Hardback | Aug 2003 | Edition: 2 | #140260 | ISBN: 1868727297
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A natural history of this unique wilderness region in Botswana. The book puts the delta in context, looking first at the ecology and wildlife of the Kalahari, and then providing a detailed description of the ecology of the delta, portraying the intricate web of life that is sustained there. Ross describes the threats to the Okavango's ecosystem for those hungry for its water and from Botswana's network of veterinary fences, designed to separate cattle from wildlife.

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A childhood spent in Kenya fostered in author Karen Ross a love of Farica and a passion for nature. She has a doctorate in wildlife ecology from Edinburgh University and hjas spent most of her life working in Africa, mainly in the Okavango Delta. Her book was first published as a companion to a three part documentary series of the same title, produced by Partridge Films for the BBC, for which she was researcher and writer. Staying in Botswana, she founded conservation International's programme there in 1992 ans directed it for many years, living under canvas and raising her daughter Lena near the frontier town of Maun. Now resident in Cape Town, Karen Ross continues to work for Conservation International, a major force worldwide and part of past and current conservation action in Botswana.

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