For animal lovers, nature enthusiasts, and fans of 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; and Savanna, the one-eyed lioness. And we meet 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.
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.