Ghosts Of Tsavo

Ghosts Of Tsavo

Stalking The Mystery Lions Of East Africa

Book - 2002
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1898, Tsavo River Kenya, the British Empire has employed 140 workers to build a railroad bridge. The bridge's construction comes to a violent halt when two maneless lions devour all 140 workers in a savage feeding frenzy that would make headlines>and history--all over the world. Caputo's Ghosts of Tsavo is a new quest for truth about the origins of these near-mythical animals and how they became predators of human flesh.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Adventure Press/National Geographic, c2002
ISBN: 9780792263623
0792263626
Branch Call Number: 599.757
Characteristics: 275 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color), map ;,24 cm

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notTom Dec 16, 2010

Two man-eating lions of Tsavo killed and ate 135 workers on a railroad bridge over the Tsavo River in Kenya in 1896; the natives named them the Ghost and the Darkness. Since then, stories of human-hunting lions have been reported, notably in 1991, when a lion killed six people in nearby Mfuwe. Pulitzer Prize-winner and National Book Award finalist Philip Caputo visits the Tsavo region in southern Kenya to study these mysterious beasts in their own habitat. With great attention given to the surrounding people and landscape this book reads like a travelogue, yet there is a strong element of investigative science. He explores why these lions feast on humans, while holding man's destruction of his own environment in contrast. This book is not complete, however, without a trip to the Chicago Field Museum to see the stuffed displays of the afore-mentioned Lion of Mfuwe and the Ghost and the Darkness. Gaze deeply into their eyes, if you dare!

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