by Dereck and Beverly Joubert
I\’ve been eying this book on its display shelf every visit to the library for the past few weeks, and finally I just gave in and brought it home, even though it\’s big and heavy (we were walking). And I\’m glad I did; it was a wonderful book.
Relentless Enemies is one of those large-format coffee-table books full of gorgeous photos of wildlife. It\’s based on three years the authors spent living among lions and buffalo in the Okavango Delta of Botswana, studying their interactions and filming. (I really want to see the film they produced now; I really loved their film Eye of the Leopard so I\’m sure I\’d like this one as well). The unique thing about this area, besides that no people are allowed there (no tourists, nada) is that most of it is swampy. The lions wade and hunt and travel through water day after day. What fascinated me most was to read about how the three lion prides they studied each had their own different strategies of hunting buffalo in the water. While the pictures dominate the book, the writing is beautiful, thoughtful, even poetic and so it was just as much a delight to read through as to enjoy visually.
Rating: 4/5 ……. 175 pages, 2006