In this thrilling real-life adventure, Mark and Delia Owens tell the dramatic story of their last years in Africa, fighting to save elephants, villagers, and—in the end—themselves. The award-winning zoologists and pioneering conservationists ...
ervationists describe their work in the “remote and ruggedly beautiful” Luangwa Valley in northeastern Zambia, where the elephant population had been severely depleted. As they studied the mysteries of the elephants’ recovery, they found remarkable behavioral similarities between elephants and humans. They also encountered a scientific mystery: how could there be so many baby elephants and so few females old enough to be mothers? Ultimately, a young elephant named Gift provided a clue to help them crack the elephants’ secret of survival. A stirring, hopeful, and poignant portrait of life in Africa, Secrets of the Savanna is a vivid record of the Owenses’ unique passions.