Cry of the Kalahari Information

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Cry of the Kalahari
AuthorMark & Delia Owens
GenreAutobiography, Zoology, Wildlife
PublisherRobert Hartnoll Limited
Publication date
Media typeHardcover, Paperback

Cry of the Kalahari (1984) is an autobiographical book detailing two young American zoologists, Mark and Delia Owens, and their experience studying wildlife in the Kalahari desert in Botswana in the mid-1970s. [1] There they lived and worked for seven years in an uninhabited area named Deception Valley in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. [2] [3] With no roads and the nearest civilization eight hours away they had only each other and the animals they studied as company, most of which had never seen humans before. Their research focused mainly on lions, brown hyenas, jackals and other African carnivores. Cry of the Kalahari is the personal story of the Owens' encounters with these and a myriad of other animals and depicts their own struggle to live and work in such an inhospitable and unforgiving environment. [4]

Cry of the Kalahari was a national and international bestseller, [5] translated into seven languages and is the 1985 John Burroughs Medal winner. [6]


  1. ^ Ralph Novak (April 8, 1985). "Picks and Pans Review: Cry of the Kalahari". People. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Mark & Delia Owens (1984). Cry of the Kalahari. Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN  0395322146.
  3. ^ Laurie Tynan (November 1, 1984). "Cry of the Kalahari (Book)". Library Journal. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. Abstract: Reviews the book 'Cry of Kalahari,' by Mark Owens and Delia Owens.
  4. ^ "The Kalahari Years". Owens Foundation for Wildlife Conservation. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "Best sellers". New York Times Best Seller List. March 17, 1985. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
  6. ^ "John Burroughs Medal Award List". John Burroughs Medal. Retrieved July 3, 2014.

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