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REMEMBERING LIONS BY WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHERS UNITED, REMEMBERING WILDLIFE, £45
Following in the footsteps of rhinos, elephants and great apes, the latest title from Remembering Wildlife turns its attention to lions – acting as a celebration of the species and a reminder of the threats it faces.
Pages are adorned with powerful, joyous images from a variety of photographers, including Suzi Eszterhas and Jonathan and Angela Scott. Wily lionesses, playful cubs and regal males are shown against backdrops of sand dunes, grasslands and water holes.
While the photography captures the majesty of a species that is top of the list for many safari-goers, the accompanying text discusses the issues surrounding conservation efforts – such as humanlion conflict – and the fact that there are fewer individuals left in the wild than people may think.
“When I started producing this book, I had no idea how complex the issues were,” says founder Margot Raggett in the introduction, “The picture was confusing. Were lions really disappearing, when I could so easily see them on a safari to the Maasai Mara?” The issue of trophy hunting is also raised, along with the illegal killing of ‘Cecil’ the lion (we hear from Brent Stapelkamp, a researcher who tracked Cecil). Though there is general information about behaviour and life within the pride, inclusion of details about each of the images and their subjects would have been a welcome extra. Nevertheless, this a worthy addition to any coffee table or bookshelf.
Lions are listed as Vulnerable, with as few as 20,000 thought to be left in the wild.