A Wild Life
Adventures of An Accidental Conservationist in AfricaBook - 2008
Terrific, amusing, poignant account of 25 years in Zimbabwe as a wildlife conservationist, saving Rhinos and cheetahs, mapping out elephant corridors, and flying over wilderness to track animals.
This British ex-patriot moved to Zimbabwe in 1977, when it was still called Rhodesia. Pitman stumbled into saving wild animals almost by mistake. But his sense of humor, and love of animals, made him a perfect candidate for this fraught and sometimes frustrating mission. His tales from the bush and passion for wildlife and conservation are filled with humor and heartbreak?saving elephants in Matusadona National Park, tracking black rhinos, saving cheetahs, and, perhaps most dangerous, introducing foreign tourists to African wildlife. This is a witty and hope-filled true story from a talented writer who is frequently in the news discussing the challenges of Zimbabwe’s natural future.
Pitman, founder of the Zambezi Society, a conservation nonprofit working to save animals in Zimbabwe, did not mean to become a champion of wildlife when he first came to the country, then called Rhodesia in the late 1970s. However he proved to be of the right stuff, and as he did battle with developers, poachers, and those heedless to the disappearance of animals, he found the job was not about himself as much as it was about the cause. When eco-tourism seemed to be a lucrative, if not good idea, he even set about taming the wildest critters of all, those being a wide range of self-centered, environmentally oblivious and often downright crazy tourists. Pitman's accounts are sometimes poignant, sometimes angry, and often hilarious. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)