Secrets of the Savanna (2006) For many of us, the scariest wild animals we'll ever meet are pigeons and squirrels. The husband-and-wife authors, who spent a decade in Zambia's North… 2006-05-24 Nonfiction Houghton Mifflin
Book Review

Secrets of the Savanna (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 24, 2006; Writers: Delia Owens, Mark Owens; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

For many of us, the scariest wild animals we'll ever meet are pigeons and squirrels. The husband-and-wife authors, who spent a decade in Zambia's North Luangwa National Park trying to restore elephant herds decimated by poachers, regularly encountered baboons, hippos, crocodiles, and lions sniffing around their tents at night. Most dangerous of all were the corrupt officials who eventually forced Mark and Delia Owens to leave Africa, imperiling an innovative project that had successfully weaned locals from poaching to a more self-sufficient life. Unlike most current nature stories, the straightforward, often-poignant Secrets of the Savanna has a hopeful ending: Years after the couple's exile, elephants and people continue to thrive.

Originally posted May 19, 2006 Published in issue #878 May 26, 2006 Order article reprints