The Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania is one of the last remaining great wilderness areas in Africa. Added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1982, the Selous is Africa’s oldest and largest protected area and remains one of the continent’s greatest undisturbed ecosystems. Teeming with life—including one of the largest elephant populations remaining on the African continent, more lions than any other protected area on the continent, large packs of wild dogs, and vast herds of buffalo—the Selous is a crown jewel of biodiversity and wilderness preservation.
The Selous in Africa: A Long Way From Anywhere (Officina Libraria, November) by Robert J. Ross, features nearly 400 photographs of this extraordinary place. Not only the large mega-fauna typically seen in a photographic book on African wildlife, but also the fantastic and often overlooked smaller creatures, birds, insects, and dramatic landscapes are captured in these breathtaking images.
Original essays on the history and ecology of the Selous are complimented by generous excerpts from Sand Rivers, Peter Matthiessen’s beautifully written book about a safari he undertook in the Selous. But the story of the Selous Game Reserve is best experienced through Ross’ photography. Culled from over 100,000 photographs shot over four years, the images featured in the pages of The Selous of Africa offer readers an intimate glimpse into the diverse landscapes, flora, and fauna to be found in this cherished reserve.
Dramatically increased poaching and other threats to the Selous which have emerged in recent years have resulted in efforts being implemented today to preserve the reserve’s unique resources and withstand future threats. As Kishore Rao, Director of UNESCO/World Heritage Centre writes in the book’s Foreword, “The Selous World Heritage Site is our common heritage. Its magnificence is captured through Robert J. Ross’ great pictures. We cannot let the Selous die, it is our common responsibility to save it. Together we can make it happen.”
Hardback 325 x 260 x 30mm, 276 pages, full colour.
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