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Soul of a Lion: One Woman's Quest to Rescue Africa's Wildlife Refugees


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For animal lovers, nature enthusiasts, and the vast readership for gripping true-life stories, this African saga is a must-read adventure. It chronicles the unique Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia, where Marieta van der Merwe and her family, former wealthy cattle farmers, have sold land to buy and care for embattled wildlife. We meet Sam, the "AIDS" lion infected by mistake at a vet clinic. Boerjke, a baboon with epilepsy and Down syndrome. Savanna, the one-eyed lioness. And Marieta van der Merwe herself, the inspiring proprietor of Harnas who shares her home with needy wild animals. Survivor of an early life fraught with personal tragedy in the African Bush, she now devotes herself as care-giver and ambassador for wildlife and wildland. Told with insight, humor, and thrilling immediacy by author and Harnas volunteer Barbara Bennett, this story will captivate readers of all ages.

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A passionate lover of animals since she was a child, Bennett (English, North Carolina State U.) enjoyed a semester's sabbatical in 2007 volunteering in Namibia, Africa, at Harnas Wildlife Sanctuary, where she worked with orphaned, injured, and abandoned wild animals. In June 2008 and again in December 2008 she returned to Harnas for a month-long stay. Her three visits inspired this fascinating account of her experiences at Harnas sanctuary with the animals; the dedicated owner, Marieta van der Merwe, and her family; the staff; and volunteers. Illustrated throughout with b&w photographs, this flowing text will appeal to animal lovers and wildlife advocates. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Barbara Bennett is a professor of English at North Carolina State University and a frequent volunteer at Harnas Wildlife Refuge. She has written numerous articles for local magazines and for scholarly publications. This is her first book.

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Bennett, Barbara
National Geographic Society
Foreword by:
Merwe, Mariete Van Der
Merwe, Mariete Van Der
Merwe, Mariete Van Der
Merwe, Marieta Van Der
Nature Studies-World Wildlife
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