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Ghosts of Tsavo: Tracking the Mythic Lions of East Africa
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0792263626, Hardcover)1898, Tsavo River Kenya, the British Empire has employed 140 workers to build a railroad bridge. The bridge's construction comes to a violent halt when two maneless lions devour all 140 workers in a savage feeding frenzy that would make headlines›and history—all over the world. Caputo's Ghosts of Tsavo is a new quest for truth about the origins of these near-mythical animals and how they became predators of human flesh.
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"Tsavo means "place of slaughter." The lions that prowl its plains are known for their abnormally large size, their maneless males, and their historic taste for human prey." "Just over a century ago, in 1898, two legendary rogue lions terrorized the Tsavo area of East Africa, killing an estimated 135 people. The predators' reign of terror lasted nearly nine months, until they were hunted down and shot by John H. Patterson of the British Army. Nearly a century later, in 1991, a California businessman on safari in Zambia matched his wits and courage with another unmaned giant who had already killed six and showed no signs of stopping, proving that man-eating lions are far from a thing of the past." "An adventure travel narrative that tracks four scientists attempting to unlock the secrets of these fierce man-eating lions, Ghosts of Tsavo is filled with face-to-face encounters and narrow escapes and celebrates the beauty, stealthy cunning, and awesome strength of these elusive, magnificent beasts."--BOOK JACKET.
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