SHAPING ADDO The Story of a South African National Park

Apr 26, 2021 | Book Reviews, Nature & Conservation | 0 comments

Shaping Addo

SHAPING ADDO The Story of a South African National Park

SHAPING ADDO The Story of a South African National Park by Mitch Reardon

This is an engrossing account of how a seemingly once insignificant sanctuary was transformed into an astonishingly successful reserve, and is now the most ecologically diverse protected space in South Africa.  Addo National Park combines inland wild areas with marine wilderness, and has five biomes. Mitch Reardon gives a fascinating insight into the history, lives and habitats, examining individual species, the relationships between them, and the unique management process ensuring the survival of all species. 

Superb colour photographs include not only the wildlife, but historical black and white photos of the earlier days of forming this reserve.  More than a century ago elephants in the eastern Cape were systematically hunted until there was only 16 left.  Today this National Park is home to 650 elephants as well as lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino.  Along the coastal stretch of the National Park are white sharks and southern right whales.  Mike Reardon is also the author of Shaping Kruger and Wild Karoo. 

ISBN 978 1 77584 604 8 Published by Struik Nature/Penguin Random House

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