Elizabeth Thomas: A Merry and Marvelous Ramble Through Mammalian Lives

Voices of Nature #19, Liz Thomas, A Merry and Marvelous Ramble Through Mammalian Lives

Man-eating by lions is common throughout Africa, famously so in some places, but in the 1950s the lions in the interior did not hunt the San people. At the time the San were pre-contact, and for several reasons Elizabeth Thomas is the only person who seems to have noticed the San/lion relationship. No wildlife biologist got a chance to study this, and by now the lions have a different culture, and have lost the don’t-kill-humans rule. The stories that Elizabeth illustrates took place in Etosha Park.

Elizabeth Thomas has been an anthropologist, ecologist and ethologist for nearly a century. She is a keen observer and the author of many popular books that bring readers into the lives of the animals she loves.

Presented at Climate, Biodiversity, and Survival: Listening to the Voices of Nature conference at Harvard University on November 17-18, 2018

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