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I'll never forget my first lion. A colleague and I had just arrived in the Semliki Valley, in the Congo, to a part of that valley then known as the most predator-rich region of Africa, with loads of lions and heaps of hyenas. Lots of leopards too. We arrived at the main base camp for a large…
In 1898, railway workers in Tsavo, Kenya were terrorised by a pair of man-eating lions, who killed at least 28 people during a 10-month reign of terror. It ended in December when a British officer called Lt. Col. John H. Patterson killed both beasts.  The man-eaters' notorious exploits have been…
The Field Museum curator of mammals, Bruce Patterson, has recently returned from his field work in Tsavo, Kenya, and he has posted some of his excellent photography in a Kodak gallery. The shots are absolutely breathtaking; they almost make me want to sell all my stuff and take off for Kenya. […
The BBC is reporting that the British military is being blamed for a plague of ferocious badgers in and around the city of Basra. Apparently word has spread quickly among local residents that "man-eating, bear-like beasts" were released in order to sow panic. A vicious honey badger hungry for…

"The âman-eaters of Tsavoâ have since become the subject of numerous popular accounts, including three Hollywood films."

Any guesses what those films are without googling? I can think there was one with Michael Douglas & Val Kilmer 'the Ghost & the Darkness'?

I often start the day checking in to Gene Expression for a good jolt of Razib brain volts. Good one today.

When I was a kid, one of my favourite books was Maneaters of Kumaon by "great white hunter" Jim Corbett (who by all accounts was a rather decent sort of chap, despite being a colonial). But what I could never figure out is why the natives just didn't shoot the bloody things themselves.

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