Cry of the Kalahari

  • Author Delia Owens and Mark Owens
  • Narrator Donna Postel, Sean Runnette
  • Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
  • Run Time 14 hours and 23 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Travel writing.

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What to expect

‘A remarkable story beautifully told… Among such classics as Goodall’s In the Shadow of Man and Fossey’s Gorillas in the MistChicago Tribune

Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. There they lived for seven years, in an unexplored area with no roads, no people, and no source of water for thousands of square miles. In this vast wilderness the Owenses began their zoology research, working along animals that had never before been exposed to humans.

An international bestseller on original release, Cry of the Kalahari is the story of the Owenses’s life with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, and the many other creatures they came to know. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth.


‘One of the best testimonials to the perseverance, idealism and general spunk of passionate animal students’ Washington Post

‘For anyone interested in animals or in real life adventure, this book is a must’ Jane Goodall

Critics Review

  • For anyone interested in animals or in real live adventure, this book is a must

    Jane Goodall
  • Extraordinary… How the couple overcame the hazards of the desert and came to appreciate its living richness makes fascinating reading… Read their remarkable book to be delighted, moved and awed

    People Magazine
  • Leaps off the page and sweeps you away

    Los Angeles Times
  • Splendid…If [the Owenses’s] survival is a wonder, so is their book – stirring, heartening and elegiac all at once

  • One of the best testimonials to the perseverance, idealism and general spunk of passionate animal students

    Washington Post
  • Mark and Delia Owens’s simple human passion and dedication are invigorating. This is a remarkable and important story

    Barry Lopez

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