Title: : Save me from the Lion's Mouth
Subtitle: Exposing Human-Wildlife Conflict in Africa
Author: James Clarke
Publisher: Struik Nature; Random House Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2012
ISBN 9781920544751 / ISBN 978-1-920544-75-1
Softcover, 15x22 cm, 200 pages
Time is running out for us to solve the human-wildlife conflict problem. Prejudices are deepening, patience is evaporating.
This book investigates the increasing conflict between people and wildlife in Africa and what needs to be done about it. It describes the human suffering and perceptions of those who live outside the reserve fences among man-eaters and marauders, yet are excluded from the economic benefits accruing from the wildlife around them. It provides evidence of a growing resentment among rural communities, especially near game reserves, and warns how it is threatening the existence of Africa's game reserves.
The book suggests that many in the northern hemisphere who support African wildlife conservation are blind to the seriousness of the situation. Some African states, notably Kenya and Tanzania, adopt wildlife policies to please donor countries from whom they receive millions of dollars. Thus government policies, many of them patently disastrous and certainly detrimental to rural Africans and to wildlife, are dictated from middle-class homes across Europe and North America. As long as those with the power delay coming together to resolve resource management problems the victims on the frontline will continue to pay the costs.
THE FRONT LINE
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
THE END OF THE GAME