While the stories in this collection vary widely in theme and tone, they are all similar in one respect Zerndt is not just good. He is remarkably good -- the kind of talent that makes you sit up and take notice. His prose is poetic in its pared down beauty and phrasing, and his plots suck you in and hold you hostage, in a very good way, from start to finish.
While I enjoyed all of the stories, I found 'The Tree Poachers' and 'Bullhead' to be particularly fantastic, both tales illuminating truths and touching emotions through the actions and experiences of their 'every man' protagonists.
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English Choose a language for shopping. Audible Download Audio Books. Who is driving the demand for lion teeth and claws is unclear: illegal trade is by its nature shady. But they have turned up alongside elephant ivory and rhino horn in shipments destined for east Asia.
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There is also a local market in southern Africa for use in traditional magic. A few poached lions have also had their bones removed, potentially linking them to the controversial legal trade in farmed lion bones in South Africa. With just a few thousand tigers left, lion bones are now being used as replacement in Asian tiger cake and wine. Camera traps set for wildlife in LNP have snapped poachers returning from Kruger with tusks and rhino horn.
The most recent poaching attack in LNP hit the ghost pride in January: four lions died, along with dozens of vultures. It just keeps happening. Tackling the conflict between villagers and the lions that sometimes kill their cattle is crucial, as the trade in lion parts now adds an extra incentive to retaliate.
The devastation of lion prey by snaring for bushmeat to eat or sell is another big problem, despite it being outlawed in LNP. One way this is being tackled is with 17 irrigation schemes to ensure food crops can survive droughts and that farmers can grow cash crops. There are 26 people in the team and two helicopters to chase poachers. But if the guys have rhino horn, you are in for a fight.
The lion poaching epidemic has also struck South Africa, but here captive lions — which outnumber wild lions — are the target. Tzaneen Lion and Predator Park, near Kruger, houses 60 lions and has been hit three times in three years, leaving nine lions dead and with their faces, paws and tails hacked off. In LNP, all those involved in conservation are optimistic that the annihilation of wildlife seen in past years can be turned around and that LNP has the potential to one day rival the incredible density of wildlife seen in Kruger, which is visited by 1.
They remain in deadly peril. With his team, he has been their protector for six months now and remains resolute.
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The Age of Extinction. Main image: Wild lion in Kruger national park, South Africa.
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