African Lion Facts - as observed by Norman Carr

"Return to the Wild"

African Lion Facts

It must be said at once, such is the vogue for animal stories, that “Return to the Wild” is serious (but not solemn), exciting and genuinely original.

African Lion Facts - find the book "Return to the Wild"

Right: Norman with his two lion cubs

Below Right: Norman with lions at Kapani

For over thirty years Norman Carr had made a study of lions - their hunting, their mating, the education of their young and the establishment, often violent, of prides and their territories.

But in 1957 he became the guardian of two male cubs, Big Boy and Little Boy.

He was drawn even deeper into this absorbing world; he fed them and took them wherever he was posted by the Game Department of Northern Rhodesia, (now Zambia).

Otherwise they were under no constraint whatsoever. From his camp inside a game sanctuary they were free to roam. As he relates in his book "Return to the wild" the inevitable conflict with resident lions ensued. From observing this over a period of years his knowledge of African lion facts is so comprehensive that he has few equals in the world.

As a pair they were less inhibited than a single lion might have been, and although many of their escapades were amusing, others were sometimes dangerously exciting. One night two enraged and resident wild lions invaded and occupied the author's camp, determined to drive Big Boy and Little Boy from their domain: the latter made a poor showing.

But by the time they were a little older Big Boy and Little Boy were capable not only of hunting for food for themselves, but of defending a territory of their own.

The time had come for Norman Carr to return them to the wild.

The author has put to remarkable use his opportunities for observing the wild life of Africa, in all its beauty and its ruthlessness: snakes, elephants and crocodiles fascinate him as much as the problems of conservation and the devastating effects of rain and drought.

African Lion Facts

His book is vivid and readable but it is the observations of lions and their habits with the quite outstanding photographs which make it memorable.

“This is a book which everybody even remotely interested in wild life should read and possess.”-- Daily Express

“First rate black and white photographs and colourplates. It is thrilling yet restrained, factual, unsentimental, and often humorous.“-- Daily Telegraph

Norman Carr was born in Portuguese East Africa and educated in England. At the age of nineteen he returned to Central Africa where he has been associated with hunting and game conservation ever since except for five years' active service in the Second World War, which he finished as a Company Commander.

He acquired his early experience as a freelance hunter, but soon directed his activities towards a more responsible career. As an Elephant Control Officer he had to shoot maurauding elephants.

Norman knew the Nsefu pride of lions very well - here's one of the magnificent males of that pride during one of my own visits to the Luangwa Valley

Norman Carr was recognized with an M.B.E. In addition his work in wildlife conservation was distinguished by establishing national parks and game sanctuaries. Among them the large Kafue National Park and the game rich South Luangwa National Park. He was respected and held in great affection by the local people. What better source for your African Lion Facts? He finally retired from the Game Department and ran a Safari business in the Luangwa Valley. It operates today under the name of Norman Carr Safaris at his favorite spot: Kapani.

BY THE SAME AUTHOR: "The White Impala" Norman Carr, author of Return to the Wild has now written another fascinating account of his life in Africa.' -- Morning Star

“ -- deals fascinatingly with the interdependence of men, animals and their habitat.” -- Irish Press

About Norman Carr

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