Wildlife Wars by Richard Leakey
My Fight to Save Africa's Natural Treasures

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In this engrossing memoir, one of the most controversial, influential, and inspirational figures in African politics today gives the full story of his crusade to save Kenya's natural resources, and specifically the African elephant--a crusade that set him against internal corruption, poverty, and dangerous criminals. Sometimes at the risk of his own life, Leakey's love of Kenya, and his convictions about the direction his country--and all of sub-Sahara Africa--must take to survive, have been unshakeable. Wildlife Wars is the odyssey of an extraordinary man in an extraordinary land.
 

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For over 30 years Richard Leakey has made international headlines for his work in Kenya. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific articles and books, including The Origin of Humankind, Origins Reconsidered, and The Sixth ExtinctionVirginia Morell is the author of Ancestral Passions: The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings and a contributing editor of Discover magazine.
 
Published September 19, 2001 by St. Martin's Press. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Combining his passion for Kenya and all that country’s living creatures—poachers excepted—with a lucid, humanistic appreciation of what both need to survive, Leakey (The Sixth Extinction, 1995, etc.) offers a vision not just for the Kenyan Wildlife Service but for the nation as a whole.

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In conservation and wildlife preservation, paleontology and East African politics, few have mattered more than Leakey (The Sixth Extinction), who emerged as an expert on early humans, building on his famous parents' discoveries—as he explained in the 1983 memoir, One Life.

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