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Moira de Swardt Reviews Save Me from the Lion’s Mouth by James Clarke

Save me from the Lion's Mouth: Exposing Human-Wildlife Conflict in AfricaVerdict: carrot

I went away on holiday taking three books with me, of which James Clarke’s Save me from the Lion’s Mouth was one. The premise of this book is, as the sub-title suggests, a look at Human-Wildlife Conflict in Africa.

Wild life enthusiasts who simply love all animals, especially those bunny huggers who have no understanding of the socio-economic and conservation realities of African wildlife, often come into ideological conflict with those who live out where game is much needed meat – and a very real threat to the lives and the well being of those who share territory with the wildlife. The solution James Clarke seems to be getting at is for the authorities to allow hunting, including trophy hunting, giving wildlife a value which will make them worth conserving. At the moment these same animals are simply dangerous vermin in the eyes of the locals. The book is not restricted to the South African situation, and addresses needs mostly in Africa, but also in other places where wildlife and humans are in conflict.

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