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Wildlife Wars by Richard Leakey

My Fight to Save Africa's Natural Treasures

15-05-2013 by redazione

"My struggle to save Africa's natural treasures". 
This is the eloquent subtitle of an autobiography written with four hands with the journalist Virginia Morell.
The life of the founder of Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya's most strenuous defender of wild animals. 
Richard Leakey, born in Kenya of British parents, was director of the Natural History Museum in Nairobi and, together with his wife, participated in the discovery of Lucy, the oldest hominid on Earth.
But his great love for Nature and friendship with the then President of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi, led him to found the government institution that still today is called upon to protect the country's wonderful wild heritage, one of the world's attractions that make Kenya a "unicum" not only in Africa.
Leakey divided the boundless savannah into national parks and reserves, equipped the KWS with his own means and for a period of time made it a real army in his employ, trained in the fight against poaching and smuggling, so much so as to frighten the high levels of Kenyan politics, traders and tribal leaders.
Among plots, attempted murders and glorious and unforgettable moments, in this book there is the story of a struggle, a life, a love, driven by a rare intelligence and indomitable willpower.

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