Soul of a Lion

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Soul of a Lion

One Woman's Quest to Rescue Africa's Wildlife Refugees

By Barbara Bennett; Marieta Van Der Merwe (Foreword by)

National Geographic Society, Hardcover, 9781426206542, 303pp.

Publication Date: September 21, 2010

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 Marietavan 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 Marietavan 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.

About the Author
Barbara Bennett lives in Owensboro, Kentucky. She has waited tables on the south side of Chicago, worked a teller line in Los Angeles, typed construction specs in Joliet, Illinois, recruited foster parents in Milwaukee, directed a women's center in Salt Lake City, and taught pipeliners in Louisiana how to answer reporters' questions. She holds a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has taught there and at Middle Tennessee State University. For more than 15 years she has co-produced a monthly coffeehouse at which writers read their work.

Praise For Soul of a Lion

“fascinating account…illustrated throughout…flowing text…” –Book News, Inc.