Ghosts of Tsavo
Stalking the Mystery Lions of East AfricaeBook - 2002
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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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