The tree where man was born
In this classic volume, Matthiessen exquisitely combines both nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid life. He skillfully portrays the daily lives of herdsmen and hunter-gatherers; the drama of the predator kills; the hundreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; and the area's turbulent natural, political, and social histories.
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Northward beyond Loliondo, in Maasai Land, it touches the Loita Hills and the
plateaus of the Maasai Mara, in Kenya; to the south, it dies away in the arid thorn
scrub west of Lake Eyasi. This eastern region of the plain lies in the rain shadow
villages in this area were evacuated, and Savidge and his wife were upset by the
elephant damage to the lovely winter thorn and baobab near park headquarters;
they wanted an elephant control program set up at once. While their feelings ...
Farther north, in a grassland with low suffocated thorn, there are no animals at all.
Overhead passes a pelican, flapping and sailing on its way to distant water, but
here the thorn wood and dense dusty grass is empty, and as the morning turns ...
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