White man's game : saving animals, rebuilding Eden, and other myths of conservation in Africa

by Hanes, Stephanie,

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A probing examination of Western conservation efforts in Africa, where our feel-good stories belie a troubling reality

The stunningly beautiful Gorongosa National Park, once the crown jewel of Mozambique, was nearly destroyed by decades of civil war. It looked like a perfect place for Western philanthropy: revive the park and tourists would return, a win-win outcome for the environment and the impoverished villagers living in the area. So why did some researchers find the local communities actually getting hungrier, sicker, and poorer as the project went on? And why did efforts to bring back wildlife become far more difficult than expected?

In pursuit of answers, Stephanie Hanes takes readers on a vivid safari across southern Africa, from the shark-filled waters off Cape Agulhas to a reserve trying to save endangered wild dogs. She traces the tangled history of Western missionaries, explorers, and do-gooders in Africa, from Stanley and Livingstone to Teddy Roosevelt, from Bono and the Live Aid festivals to Greg Carr, the American benefactor of Gorongosa. And she examines the larger problems that arise when Westerners try to "fix" complex, messy situations in the developing world, acting with best intentions yet potentially overlooking the wishes of the people who live there. Beneath the uplifting stories we tell ourselves about helping Africans, she shows, often lies a dramatic misunderstanding of what the locals actually need and want.

A gripping narrative of environmentalists and insurgents, poachers and tycoons, elephants and angry spirits, White Man's Game profoundly challenges the way we think about philanthropy and conservation.

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Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* A philanthropist with a deep desire to do big things, American entrepreneur Greg Carr was captivated by the devastation years of civil war had wrought on Africa's Gorongosa National Park. Often described as a lost Eden or the last Eden, Gorongosa once teemed with quintessentially African wildlife. It is now facing the almost total destruction of habitats and extinction of prized species, which prompted Carr and his foundation to step in to attempt to do nothing less than miraculously restore Gorongosa to its original glory. Hanes was along for much of the ride, and she recounts her investigation into the sources of the park's tragic decline, the influence of the continent's tumultuous history, and the impact outside involvement has had and will have on native populations, human and animal. The contradictions Hanes encountered in Gorongosa can be found everywhere international agencies attempt to influence local behavior. For every reader who has ever been inclined to support such heart-tugging philanthropic quests, Hanes provides a cautionary tale that reveals the complex motives behind such causes and the often fraudulent machinations needed to bring them to fruition.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Journalist Hanes advances a too-little-regarded position regarding philanthropic aid and conservation efforts in this forthright volume on Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park. For years, Hanes argues, well-meaning Westerners have launched ambitious conservation initiatives in developing countries, taking control of the narratives surrounding the places where they've become involved. Rarely, Hanes contends, do locals get a say. She examines this disconnect, dividing her analysis into three sections. The first looks at ways in which Africa has been discussed historically and "why we are still stuck in them." Hanes traces Africa's appeal to outsiders back to the late 18th century, when adventure-seeking Europeans made their way to what they dubbed "the Dark Continent." In the modern era, fund-raising efforts such as Live Aid helped to perpetuate the idea that the continent "was poor, sympathetic, and in need of aid." The second section focuses on Gorongosa itself. "Biologically and topographically diverse," the park is "one of the best safari locations in southern Africa" and home to scores of vulnerable species. Hanes concludes by considering organizations such as National Geographic, whose travel-friendly depictions of the continent continue to obscure some of Africa's true struggles. In straightforward and fervent prose, Hanes gives readers "a new way of thinking about nature, conservation, and the pitfalls of best intentions." (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Wildlife conservation -- Social aspects -- Mozambique.
Wildlife conservation -- Social aspects -- Africa, Southern.
Wildlife conservation -- Mozambique.
Wildlife conservation -- Africa, Southern.
Parque Nacional da Gorongosa (Mozambique)
Publisher New York :Metropolitan Books,2017
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 287 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-271) and index.
ISBN 9780805097160
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