Books and other literature on lions
Since it's inception over 8 years ago, this list has grown and grown and
grown! Still I feel it is quite incomplete. There is a lot of lion literature
awaiting discovery out there, and a good deal of it may be in the scientific
community. As proof of this, I am frequently surprised by the chance discovery
of a well-written volume on lions in the most surprising places! I'm sure I am
not an island in this regard. If you know of any book on lions that belongs on
this list, please email me at the address at the bottom of this page. Thanks in
Updated 12-23-2006. Numerous additions and updates.
A HUGE thanks to David Witts of England, who has given a great deal of his
time and resources to help make this list as complete as it currently is!
Thanks to Ken Duffey and Peter Adamson for some of the British books
listed here. Also thanks to Jan at Cheetahtu Productions and Diana
Guerrero of Arkanimals for extensive
additions to the list. Caspar McConville deserves thanks for some additional
listings! David Witts provided me with a wealth of new listings, as well as
a neat search tool to look for new books. This tool is an index to ISBN
numbers, with links for buying the titles. It can be found at
Bill McLennan of Sydney, Australia has also submitted a long list of
additions to this list. Some of the books he has come up with are obscure, but
should be very much worth finding.
An Asterik (*) at the beginning of a listing indicates I have this book in
Back to the 'King of Beasts' home page.
- * 'African Lion, the', Mervyn Cowie, 1966, Golden Press, New York
- No ISBN number. Written by the founder and director of the Kenya National
Parks system, it is an observational account of the life cycle of the lion.
A short book, it is well illustrated with B/W and color photos.
- Animals of East Africa, C.A. Spinage, 1962, William Collins, London
- No ISBN or LCC info available. The preadatros section of this book
features a chapter devoted to the lion. Outstanding photographs.
- 'A Cast of Lions', Carl Foreman, 1966, Collins, London
- A book about the production of the motion picture 'Born Free'. Contains
much background material on the Mckennas, as well as how the humans interacted
with the lions. Hard to find.
- 'A Lifetime With Lions',George Adamson, 1968, Doubleday
- LCC 67-11733. No other info available.
- * 'A Lion Called Christian', 1971, Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
- ISBN 0-00-211480-1, Collins. A lion living in London is sucessfully
reintroduced to the wild by George Adamson. I read this book as a kid, and am
now looking foward to re-reading it!
- 'A Magical Hideaway', Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn
- (ISBN unknown) A book on the work of the famous magicians Siegfried and
Roy with white lions. Can be purchased at:
www.siegfriedandroy-sarmoti.com. For some reason, this book seems to be
only available by mail-order.
- 'Any Old Lion', 1966, John Mark Jay
- No further information available.
- 'Andy and the Lion', James Daugherty, 1938
- ISBN 0-14-050277-7, 1966, Penguin Books. A modern retelling of the story
of Androcles and the Lion. A couple of interesting notes about this story and
book. First of all, names are given for the two lions flanking the entrance to
the New York Public Library. The one on the left is Lady Astor (Yes, I know
it's a male lion!) and the one on the right is Lord Lenox. Second, there is
significant historical evidence to suggest the story of Androcles and the Lion
may actually be true!
- * 'The Art of Being a Lion', Christine and Michael Denis-Huot
- ISBN 1-58663-707-X, 2002, Friedman/Fairfax. (Originally published in Italy
by White Star S.R.L.) This is mainly a picture book about the lion. It features
a short introductory text, and blocks of text here and there among the
pictures. A nice coffee table book, and reasonably priced. 218 pages.
- * Asiatic lion: On the Brink, Asheem and Suvira Srivastav, 1999
- ISBN 81-211-0173-5 Published by Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, India.
This fascinating book is a thorough look at the Asiatic lion and the world it
calls 'home'-- the Gir Forest Sanctuary of India. This book starts out by
taking a look at the history of the sanctuary, and the cultures of the people
that live in and around it. The second section of the book deals with the
Asiatic lion itself, and is thorough and comprehensive. Much discussion is
given to Asiatic lion conservation issues. This is undoubtedly the most
definitive book ever written on the subject. The book also contains an
extensive bibliography of lion books and papers. Unfortunately, it is nearly
impossible to find this book outside of India. You might try the publisher's
website at www.bishensinghbooks
com. 247 pages, color photos and drawings. Numerous charts and tables.
- * 'Big Cats', Douglas Richardson, 1992, Whittet Books
- ISBN 0-905483-92-8. A survey of the eight biggest cat species, with a
brief chapter devoted to each. Contains some unusual facts on some of the
cats, but the lion chapter is a little wanting. May be a bit hard to find.
- * 'The Big Cats', Herbert S. Zim, 1955, Morrow Junior Books
- LCC 55-8847 Illustrated by Gardell Christensen. A book for older
children, it contains an unusually large amount of information about
big cats for a book of it's type. A third of the book is devoted to
big cat bahavior and phisiology. Different cat species are then
showcased. There is even a page devoted to ligers and tigons. The
book ends with a humorous story about a lion donated to the United
States by the emperor of Morocco in 1720. No page numbers or index.
Hardcover, about 55 pages.
- *'The Big Cats and their Fossil relatives', Alan Turner, 1997
- ISBN 0-231-10228-3, Columbia University press. This book isn't necessairly
about lions, but is about big cats in general. Much interesting information
is presented about feline anatomy, both past and present. Some really unusual
lion-specific information can be found in the book, such as how to distinguish
a lion and tiger skull from each other. This book is beautifully illustrated
with pencil drawings by Mauricio Anton. A nice bibliography is also included.
even though this is a scholarly book, I have seen it in many bookstores.
Hardcover, 220 pages.
- * 'The Book of Lions', Nicolai Canetti, photographer, 1975
- ISBN 1997-7(?), Peebles Press International. This book is a photographic
study of the king of beasts. It's unnumbered pages contain nothing but
B/W and color photos of lions. They were taken in the various game parks in
Kenya. All phases of the lion's life are recorded. No details or descriptions
are given about any of the pictures. This is a book to simply look at and
enjoy! There is a short introduction by Sandy Lesberg. Part of the 'Pictorial
Africa' series. I suspect this book is rather hard to find.
- * 'The Book of the Lion', Approx. 1911, Sir Alfred E. Pease
- ISBN 0-312-00108-8 (1987 Edition, St. Martin's Press. Part of the Peter
Capstick Library.) This book is about lions and lion hunting. There is much
natural history info in this book that is ahead of it's time, and still up to
date. Like any book of it's time, it is also filled with harrowing stories of
hunting in a still-wild Africa. Pease was Theodore Roosevelt's guide for his
famous East African hunting safari in 1909. Despite the recent republishing,
this book is not at all common. 291 pages, some black and white drawings.
- * 'Born Free', Joy Adamson, 1960, Pantheon Books
- ISBN 0-394-74635-X (pbk.) An all-time literary classic. The story of an
orphaned lioness cub named Elsa. George and Joy Adamson raised this lioness
from a starving cub, and ultimately succeeded in getting her to live with
wild lions. A heartwarming story as well as a good book on lion science. The
edition listed here has been updated. Although I don't collect books per se,
I did obtain a first edition of this book at a library sale. Also learn about
the various films and videos about the Adamson's work on my
Lion videos and films page.
- 'Born Free- The Complete Story', 2000, Macmillian Press
- ISBN 0-33039-190-9 A compiliation of Joy Adamson's three greatest works:
'Born Free', Living Free' and 'Forever Free'. 400 pages. Also available on
audiocassette as ISBN 0-33390-087-1. These titles are apparently not available
in the US at this time. They can be located at any online bookstore that serves
the UK. The one cited to me was
- * 'The Butterfly Lion', 1996, Michael Morpurgo, Ill. Christian Birmingham
- ISBN 0-00-185617-0 (Hardcover) 0-00-675103-2 (Paperback), 0-00-102443-4
(Book on cassette) Harper-Collins, England. A story about a boy and an
abandoned white lion cub. The story on Cassette is read by Virginia McKenna and
Michael Morpurgo. I found this for sale in a bookshop in England. Also
available from the Born Free Foundation
- 'Bwana Game: The Life Story of George Adamson', George Adamson
(Autobiography), 1968, Collins and Harvill, London
- ISBN or LCC unknown. The original autobiography of George Adamson.
- * 'Cats of Africa, The', 1968, Maitland Edey, Photographs by John Dominis
- LCC 68-57805, Time-Life Books. This coffee-table volume surveys the three
biggest African cats in considerable depth-- The Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. It
also contains a shorter section covering all of the smaller cats. The book is
done in typical Time-Life fashion, with the body of the text printed on brown
pages. Interspersed in the text are groups of color photos printed on high
quality paper. Life-size pawprints are given for each cat. There is an
excellent bibliography at the end of the book. Interestingly enough, two pages
of the lion section are devoted to the Tsavo Maneater story. Although a bit
out of date, the book is still interesting and informative.
- 'Cats of Africa', 1998, Anthony Hall-Martin and Paul Bosman.
- ISBN 1-56098-760-X, Smithsonian Institution Press. (Also published in
South Africa by Fernwood Press.) This book describes all of the cats -big and
small- found in the wild in Africa. It is refreshingly up-to-date. The book
contains no pictures, but instead contains hundreds of nicely-done drawings
and paintings. This book is highly recommended and will hopefully soon make
it to the shelves of my library!
- 'The Cats of Southern Africa', Christopher Stuart and Vivian J. Wilson.
- No further information available.
- 'Cats of the World', Armand Denis, 1964, Constable, London
- No ISBN or LCC info available A book about big cats with a section
on the lion.
- 'Claws: The Tale of a Lion', C.A. Brown, 1938, Quality Press, London
- No ISBN or LCC available. Nothing further is known.
- 'Closer look at Lions and Tigers', Jill Hughes, 1985, Gloucester Computer
- ISBN 0-53117-000-4. No other information is available
- 'Cry for the Lions', 1989, Gareth Patterson
- Available by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org You can learn
more about the works of Gareth Patterson at
- * 'Cry of the Kalahari', Mark and Delia Owens, 1984, Houghton Mifflin Co.
- ISBN 0-395-39413-9 (pbk.) Although the animal the Owens' set out to
study was really the brown hyena, they quickly found out that they needed to
study the local lion population as well. There is much behavioral information
in this book that is covered nowhere else. This is a superbly written book,
which will make you laugh and cry. Winner, 1985 John Borroughs medal, Best
natural history book of the year. Learn about the documentary based on this
book on my Lion films and videos page.
- * 'Cyclopedia Anatomicae', 1996, Gyorgy Feher, Illus. Andras Szunyoghy
- ISBN 1-884822-87-8, Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers. This is a lavishly
illustrated book on drawing people and animals. Most of the book is detailed
pencil drawings of various anatomic features, especially of the
muscuskeletal system. Although the largest section of the book is devoted to
the anatomic features of man, a large section of the book given to drawings of
similar anatomic features of animals. One of the animals that recieves
extensive coverage is the lion, which has an entire chapter devoted to it. The
final section of the book is on comparative anatomy, where many other fine
drawings of lion anatomy can be found. Although I'm sure that there are thick
tomes available with even more detailed information on lion anatomy, you are
unlikely to find these outside of a veternary school! In any case. the
drawings, lion or otherwise, are a joy to study and appreciate. A section at
the beginning of the book covers basic drawing techniques. A large book with
603 pages and 1,500 illustrations. Should be readily avilable at good book
stores, and may carry a bargin price.
- 'Dying to be Free', 1998, Gareth Patterson, Penguin Group, London
- About the canned lion hunting industry in South Africa.Available by
email@example.com Also see
Gareth Patterson's website
- * 'East African Mammals', 1997, Johnathan Kingdon
- ISBN 0-226-43721-3, (Volume IIIA- Carnivores) University of Chicago Press.
This book is one volume of an impressive 7 volume set. The entry on lions is
excellent in every sense of the word-- everything is documented and
cross-refrenced. The works of others, especially George Schaller, are
frequently cited. Besides the usual information, there is some very
interesting information about the relationship between lions and humans,
especially in antiquity. For instance, did you know there was a Egyptian city
named Leontopolis that was home to a cult of lion worshippers. Or, did you know
another cult would hold elaborate funerals for dead lions? Or, did you know
that professional hunter Alan Tarlton won the heart of a pride of wild lions
by feeding them from a truck. The lions became so adapted to Mr. Tarlton's
presence that he could walk among them while they ate. All this happened in
1932! This is a must-read for anybody doing research on lions!
- 'Encounters with Lions', Jan Hemsing, 1994, Trophy Room Books
- ISBN 1-88245-805-2. Apparently a book about lion hunting. No other
information is available.
- * 'Forever Free', Joy Adamson, 1963, Harcourt Brace, New York
- LCC 63-8081. (First Ed. 1962 Collins and Harvill, London) The third book
in Joy Adamson's 'Elsa' trilogy. This book details the full integration of
Elsa's offspring into the wild, until they lost contact with them. Also learn
about the various films and videos about the Adamson's work on my
Lion videos and films page.
- * 'The Ghost and the Darkness', Screenplay by Willliam Goldman.
- ISBN 1-55783-267-6 Trade paperback, 1996, Mont Blanc Entertainment GMBH
(Applause Books in US.) This hard-to-find book is the original screenplay
of the film. Some of the character names are different, and there are some
differences in story flow and dialogue. This book is HIGHLY recommended if
you are a serious fan of this film. William Goldman is a top-notch writer, and
this book is absolutely fascinating! Learn (Among other things) how the idea
for the movie was presented to Paramount executives with Mr. Goldman laying
flat on his back on the floor of the boardroom! (Yes, they accepted!) Check
out the Tsavo Maneaters page on this site to learn
more about the movie and the actual event the story is based on.
- * 'The Ghost and the Darkness', Novelization by Dewey Gram.
- ISBN 0-671-00305-4, Paperback, 1996, Pocket books. The popular film in
book form. Check out the Tsavo Maneaters page on
this site to learn more about the movie and the actual event the story is
- * 'Ghosts of Tsavo', Philip Caputo, 2002, National Geographic Society
- ISBN 0-7922-6362-6 (Hardcover). Pulitzer prize author Philip Caputo
addresses the issues of maneating lions, especially in the Tsavo area. The
book cenetrs around two trips he took to Tsavo National Park. The first was
with Tom Gnoske and Julian Kerbis-Peterhans of the Field Museum of Natural
History. The second was with Craig Packer and Peyton West of the Serengeti
Lion Project. Philip's own thoughts on the topic (Which the two groups of
scientists disagree on!) are scattered throughout the text. The book opens with
an account of the taking of the Maneater of Mfuwe by Wayne Hosek, and closes
with a review of a really recent paper by Tom Gnoske on why Tsavo lions go
maneater so often. Philip has also written several articles about the Tsavo
lions for National Geogrphic. Approx. 288 pages. (No illustrations in the
preview edition I have.)
- * 'Golden Shadows, Flying Hooves', George B. Schaller, 1973, Alfred A Knopf
- ISBN 0-3944-7243-0 (original edition) 0-2267-3650-4 (reprint, University
of Chicago Press) An account of Schaller's research on the Serengeti lion,
written in a non-scientific-paper style. Also includes a lot more information
on the human/cat conflict, and notes on Mr. Schaller's hand-raised lion cub.
287 pages, drawings and a few B/W photos. Currently hard to find in bookstores,
but easy to find in online used book sites.
- * 'Great Cats', Simon Combes, 1998, Greenwich Workshop Press
- ISBN 0-86713-048-2 This book chronicles the adventures of Simon Combes, who
set out to see all the world's big cats for himself, and paint them. While the
lion section of the book is not spectacular, the book is in general a good
read. There are some incredible stories in the book, both funny and physically
paniful! (I recently had an opportunity to hear Simon speak in person about
his adventure. A very interesting and engaging speaker! He spends part of the
time each year here in the 'States, and the rest in Kenya, where he grew up.
Sadly, Simon was gored to death by a rhino, near his home in Kenya, in late
2004. In a way, you could say Simon died happy, among the animals he so loved.)
There are a couple of nice, full-spread color paintings of lions in the book,
an artistic treat. One of them is the largest painting he did in the project.
168 pages, profusely illustrated with paintings and photographs.
- * 'Great Cats', Dr. John Seidensticker and Dr. Susan Lumpkin, editors
- ISBN 1 675137 90 4 1991, Fog City Press (Reprinted and quite possibly
updated 2000) This interesting book is about the best 1 volume reference on
cats that I have ever seen. Despite the title, it covers cats both great and
small. Besides individually profiling each cat species, a great deal of
information on general cat characteristics is presented. Also included is
a history of cats from the fossil record as well as a thoroughly up-to-date
section on feline genetics. Even the domestic cat is covered in some detail.
Last but not least, there is a section on the relationship between cats and
man over the ages. A considerable part of this section is devoted to
man-eating cats, including the maneaters of Tsavo. If this book has any
drawback, it is that some of the pictures in this last section are downright
gory. This coffee table sized book appears to be widely available at
a bargin price! 240 pages.
- 'Great Safari: Lives of George and Joy Adamson', Adrian House, 1983,
William Morrow, NY
- ISBN or LCC unknown. A 'must read' book for fans of George and Joy
- * 'Here Come the Lions!', Alice Goudey, 1956, Charles Scribner's Sons, NY.
- LCC 56-6140 A children's book about both African lions and mountain lions.
The books ends with a very brief discussion of other cats, both big and small.
Well-done book with numerous two-tone illustrations. 94 pages.
- * 'Hunting With the Moon: The lions of Savuti', Dereck and Beverly Joubert
- ISBN 0-7922-7020-7, 1997 National Geographic. Award winning
cinematographers Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been following the prides of
lions that inhabit Botswana's Savuti National park for a number of years.
During this time, they have observed remarkable behavior for lions: Elephant
and hippo kills on a regular basis, unusual behavior among old lions, and that
lions there really do 'hunt with the moon'. The Jouberts' work is the basis of
the two videos 'Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas' and 'Lions of Darkness'.
This book makes excellent background reading for these two programs. Also,
find out how the Jouberts were able to convince the Government of Botswana to
all but ban lion hunting. Check out the documentary 'Lions of Darkness',
which is about the events in this book on my
Lion videos and films page.
- 'In the Land of the Lion', Cherry Kearton, 1945, Arrowsmith, London.
- No ISBN or LCC info known. A large section of the book is devoted
to the lion.
- * 'In the Lion's Den', Mitsuaki Iwago, 1995, Chronicle Books (US)
- ISBN 0-8118-1203-0 This is a picture book about lions by famed wildlife
photographer Mitsuaki Iwago ('Serengeti'). The photography in this book is
stunning, and would be an excellent addition to the bookshelf for anyone
who appreciates fine wildlife art. Like most books on the subject, it
covers all parts of the lion's life cycle. Highly recommended, and available
at most bookstores.
- * 'Into Africa', 1996, Dr. Craig Packer
- ISBN 0-2266-4430-8 (Trade paperback), University of Chicago Press. This
book talks about the adventures of researching lions( and a few other animals)
in the wild. Written in a humorous style, you will learn about the often
not-so-glamorous side of wildlife research! This edition of the book contains
a new afterword.
- * 'Journal of East African Natural History, Volume 90 parts 1 and
2', Journal reprint
- ISBN 0012-8317 This is a reprint in book form, of an article from
the Journal of East African Natural History. This book is sold by
the Field Museum of Natural History, and is probably not available
anywhere else. This thin volume contains a single article entitled
"The Science of 'Man Eating' Among Lions Panthera leo ,
With A Reconstruction of the Natural History of the 'Man Eaters of
Tsavo'" The article is by Tom Gnoske and Julian Kerbis
Peterhans, both of the Field Muesum. This book is a detailed look at
maneating among lions, and it's possible causes. Illustrated with
drawings and B/W plates. Extensive references. Softbound, 40 pages.
- 'Journey to Freedom'
- (ISBN unknown)A Childern's book about Christian the Lion. Available from
the Born Free
- * 'Kingdom of Lions', Jonathan Scott, 1992, Rodale Press
- ISBN 0-87596-550-4 This lavishly illustrated book follows the complex
life history of several prides of lions living in the Masai Mara Game Reserve
in Kenya. There is also much material on the other predators living in this
ecosystem, as well as their prey.
- 'Kingdom of Might (The World's Big Cats)', Tom Brakefield
- No further information available.
- * 'Kinuli' Vera Chapman, 1965, Henry Z. Walck, Inc.
- LCC 65-13225 Originally published by Foreign Languages Publishing House
in Russia as part of 'Zoo Babies' by the same author. A adevnterous-- and
heartwarming-- look at the raising of a lion cub, who eventually became a
well-known animal at the Moscow Zoo. This book strikingly illustrates just
how deep a bond can be formed between a lion and it's 'human'. Highly
recommended reading. A rather rare volume. Hardbound, 95 pages, a few B/W
- 'The Last Big Cats' Erwin A. Bauer, 2005, Voyauger Press
- ISBN 0-896-58742-8 Illustrations and photos by Peggy Bauer. This
book chronicles the natural history of the great cat species, with
an emphasis on how endangered they have become. Illustrated with
photos of the cats taken over a five decade period. Also includes
range maps, paw prints, etc. Paperback, 159 pages, color drawings
- * 'Last of the Free', Gareth Patterson, 1995, St. Martin's press
- ISBN 0-312-13109-7 (First Edition, 1994, Hodder and Stoughton, Gt.
Britain) And you thought the Adamson Trilogy was complete!
Gareth Patterson was George Adamson's assistant at the time of his death.
The book describes how Gareth started where George Adamson left off adapting
a lioness and her three cubs back to the wild. Besides telling this sometimes
happy, sometimes sad story, this book looks at the major hurdles facing those
seeking to keep lions alive in the wild. Available from
Kalahari Books. 165 pages. Also, be sure
to check out Gareth Patterson's
- 'Lion', Caroline Arnold, Richard Hewett (Photographer), 1995, Morrow/Avon
- ISBN 0-68812-693-6. No other information available.
- * 'Lion, African Adventures with the king of beasts', Martin Johnson, 1929,
Blue Ribbon Books
- One of the older lion books I have. Describes some adventures in Africa
earlier this century. I haven't read the whole book, but what I have read is
interesting. See the review on 'Safari' below, by the same author.
- 'Lion', Bill Jordan, 1999, Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers
- ISBN 0-73980-948-2. No other information available.
- * 'Lion', G.L. Smuts, 1982, Macmillan SA, Johannesburg, South Africa
- ISBN 0-333-36586-0. Unknown. A well-written, semi-scientific book about
lions. The book seems to concentrate on research methods and population
management of lions. This book is very informative and a great read! This book
is rather hard to find, especially in the US. 295 pages, numerous B/W and color
photos. Many drawings.
- * 'The Lion, Christine and Michel Denis-Hout, 1993, Reader's Digest
- (No ISBN number) A nicely done children's book on the lion. Lots of good
color illustrations. A small but nice resource guide is located in the back
of the book.It has been updated to include some internet resources. This book
is part of the Reader's Digest 'Animal Close-ups' series.28 pages, numerous
- 'Lion Country', Mary Chipperfield, 1972, Hodder and Stoughton, London
- ISBN 0-340-16162-0. This book is a sequel to 'lions on my lawn', and deals
with raising lions in captivity. Much interesting personal experience shared
from being so close to the cats.
- * 'Lion Cubs and Their World', 1992, National Geographic Books
- ISBN 0-87044871-4. A very well done childern's pop-up book about lion cubs
growing up. In addition to the pop-ups, there are 1 to 3 figures on each of the
book's 5 'pages' that move when you pull on a tab. Although this book is a
visual and mechanical treat, it is somewhat fragile and needs to be handled
- * 'The Lion Family Book', 1988, Michael Neughbauer, North-South books.
- ISBN 1-55858-502-8 A nicely-done book on lions intended primarily for
childern. Has many heartwarming photographs. May be hard to find.
- 'Lion: Habitats, Life Cycles, Food Chains, Threats', Bill Jordan, 2000,
Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers.
- ISBN 0-73981-057-X. I think the title is self explanatory! No other
information is available.
- 'Lion in the Bedroom', Pat Cavendish O'Neil, 2004, PArk Street press,
- No ISBN or LCC available. No further information is known.
- 'Lion Island', William Bridges, 1965
- ISBN Unknown. A book about the lions at the Bronx Zoo in New York City.
Is a predecessor to, and shares some material with 'Pride's Progress' by
- 'Lion, King of the Beasts', Christine Denis-Huot, 2000, Charlesbridge
- ISBN 1-57091-426-5. No other information available.
- * 'Lions', Brian Bertram, 1998, Voyageur Press
- ISBN 0-89658-399-6 A nice general interest book on lions that is
refreshingly up-to-date. Written by Brian Bertram, who was involved for four
years with the Serengeti Lion Project. Has a lot of interesting trivia not
found in other books, and a section on the Asiatic lion. Superbly illustrated.
72 pages. Should be readily available. Visit Voyageur Press at:
www.voyageurpress.com and the
Serengeti Lion Project at
- 'Lions', Ann Ellwood, Richard Orr (Illustrator) 1995,
Wildlife Education Ltd.
- ISBN 0-93793-481-X. No other information available.
- 'Lions', Ann Ellwood and Jackie Estrada, 1995, Creative Company.
- ISBN 0-88682-422-2. No other information available.
- 'Lions', Amanda Hartman, 1996, Marshall Cavendish Corporation.
- ISBN 0-76140-291-8. No other information available.
- 'Lions', Kevin J. Holmes, 1998
- ISBN 0-51621-343-1, Childern's press (Trade cloth); ISBN 0-73680-065-4,
Bridgeview Books (Trade cloth). No other information
- 'Lions', Don Middleton, 1998, Rosen Publishing Group
- ISBN 0-82395-208-8. No other information available.
- * 'Lions', Kate Petty, 1989, Aladdin Books
- ISBN 0-8120-1490-1. A childern's book that chronicles the life of a group
of lion cubs. Part of the Barron's Educational baby animal series. 24 pages,
Illustrated with drawings. Should be widely available.
- 'Lions', Susan Schafer, 2000, Marshall Cavendish Corporation
- ISBN 0-76141-166-6. No other information available.
- 'Lions', Lynn M. Stone, 1989, Rourke Enterprises.
- ISBN 0-86592-501-1 (Library binding.), ISBN 0-68558-629-4 (Trade cloth.)
No other information is available.
- 'Lions', Barbra Swett-Burt, 1998, Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers.
- ISBN 0-81727-267-4. No other information available.
- 'Lions', Anne Welsbacher, 2000, ABDO Publishing Company.
- ISBN 1-57765-086-7. No other information available.
- * 'Lions and leopards as Game Ranch Animals', J van Heerden, editor
- ISBN 1-875088-09-1 1997, Wildlife Group of the South African Vetrinary
Association. This book is the Proceedings of a Symposium on the subject of
lions and leopards as game ranch animals. The book opens with a very
interesting paper on the Biblical usage of lions and leopards. It then goes
into social, vetrinary, economic and ecological issues of raising these noble
animals under semi-controlled conditions. Not your average book on lions.
Contains a very extensive, indexed bibliography on lions as well as leopards.
Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in big cat conservation.
This book is not available in the US. It may be ordered (And paid for in South
African Rands, although major credit cards may also be used.) from Wildnet
Africa on their
website. 265 pages.
- 'Lions Hunters of the Dunes: The Story of Kalahari Lions', Fritz Eloft,
2002, Sunbird Publishing, Cape Town SA.
- No ISBN or LCC available. Nothing further is known about this book.
Looks like a good read.
- * 'Lions, King of Beasts' Lee Server, 1993, Longmeadow Press
- ISBN 0-681-45320-6. A nice picture book on lions. It is illustrated with
over 150 color pictures, and some B/W ones as well. The text portion,
although somewhat brief, is well written and informative. There is also a
refrence section at the back telling where one might travel to view wild
lions. This book also covers the Asiatic lion, which is not frequently
covered in other books.
- 'The Lions' Legacy', 1991, Gareth Patterson, Robson Books, London.
- Out of print. Check out Gareth Patterson's
website to learn more.
- 'Lions 'n Tigers and Everything Else', C.R. Cooper
- No further information available
- * 'The Lions of 'Living Free', Jack Couffer, 1972 E.P. Dutton and Co., NY
- ISBN 0-525-14648-2. A nice book about the production of the movie 'Living
free' by it's director, Jack Couffer. Many interesting notes on film
production in Africa! Illustrated with many B/W and color photos. 96 Pages.
Learn more about the movie 'Living Free' on the
Lion videos and Films page.
- 'The Lions of Tsavo', James L. Haley, 1989, Bantam paperback, NY.
- ISBN 0-55328-025-0. A fictional account about the lions of Tsavo. Hard
- * 'The Lions of Tsavo', Bruce D. Patterson,2004, McGraw-Hill books
- ISBN 0-07-136333-5 The result of years of study, this book is a
summation of the research done by Bruce Patterson of the Field Museum of
Natural History. This book is a scientific work, but is also a good read. This
book is the most authorative work done on the subject of the Tsavo maneaters.
The book includes extensive endnotes that reflect the degree of care that
went into preparing this book. 231 pages, Some color and B/W photos. Learn
more about the Tsavo maneaters at my Tsavo Maneaters
- * 'Lions on the Hunt', Theodore J. Waldeck, 1942, Viking Press
- No ISBN or other catalog info available A natural history book about
lions, told as a story. Apparently a very popular book, as it was in print for
at least 22 years. 251 pages, B/W illustrations.
- * 'Lions on the Lawn', Mary Chipperfield, 1971, William Morrow and Co.
- LCC 77-151919. Mary Chipperfield came from a family of circus performers
and animal trainers. An abandoned lion cub brought to her changed the course
of her life, and she ended up opening a wildlife park on her estate. Precursor
to the book: 'Lion Country'. 176 pages. B/W photos. This book may be hard to
- * 'Lions on Trust', Cleland Scott, 1940, Mayflower Press, Plymouth,
Published in the US by Macmillian and Company. Oddly enough, the book does not
contain any copyright info at all. This book is about one man's experiences
with raising captive lions. He then apparently goes on to establish a lion
reserve of some sort. I'll tell you more when I'm done reading it! An
exceedingly rare book; only a few copies seem to exist. 317 pages, B/W
- * 'Lions Share', Jeanette Hanby and David Bygott, 1982, Houghton-Mifflin
- ISBN 0-395-32043-7 (Hardcover) This book chronicles one part of the
contiuing Serengeti Lion Project. Jeanette Hanby and David Bygott spent four
years following a single lion pride in the Sametu region of the Serengeti.
This wonderful book is the result. Like many other wildlife books, it is
illustrasted mainly with drawings. In this book, the drawings are so superb
that the color pictures included are a letdown. Since I had never seen this
volume anywhere or had knowledge of it's existence, I am concluding it may
be quite rare. If you find a copy of this book somewhere, buy it!
- * 'Lions, Tigers and Me', Roman Proske, 1956, Henry Holt and Co.
- LCC 56-6462 A fascinating book about the life and times of a big
cat trainer. A lot of adventures were had along the way! Hardcover,
317 pages, some B/W photos. This book is not easy to find.
- * 'Lions- Wild and Friendly', Eric F.V. Wells, 1934, Viking Press, New York
- No ISBN number. This book is about Mr. Wells experiences with lions in
South Africa-- first as a hunter, and then as an observer. In the course of his
work, Mr. Wells and his wife got involved in raising captive lions. They
raised some 30 lions to adulthood, and learned much in the process. Most of
this book deals with the subject of human-lion interaction. Illustrated with
photographs. This book is not easy to find! 112 pages.
- 'Liontide', Chris McBride, 1990, Jonathan Ball Bublishers, Jo'Burg, SA.
- No ISBN number or other catalog info available. By the same Chris
McBride who discovered the White Lions of Timbavati. Nothing else is known
about the book, although the title is very suggestive!
- * 'Little Tyke: The True Story of a Gentle Vegetarian Lioness',
Georges Westbeau, 1986, Theosphical Publishing house.
- ISBN 0-83560-605-8. The title pretty much describes the book. It is a rather
remarkable (And hard to believe) story, but cats are cats.... 115 pages, B/W
photographs. May be hard to find.
- * 'Living Free', 1961, Joy Adamson
- LCC 61-15810. The second book in Joy Adamson's 'Elsa' trilogy. This book
tells of the early lives of Elsa's cubs, up to just before Elsa suddenly
died. Well written and profusely illustrated. Again, I stumbled accross an
original edition of this book at a used book shop and purchased it as my only
copy! Also learn about the various films and videos about the Adamson's work
on my Lion videos and films page.
- * 'Living with Big Cats', Sharon Rendall-Smock, 1995, IZS Books
- ISBN 0-9642604-0-9 (pbk.). 'Living with Big Cats' chronicles the famous
Tetzlaff family -the legendary Jungle Larry, his widow Nancy "Safari
Jane" and their sons David and Tim. Provides much unique information on
raising and caring for big cats used for show acts. May be hard to find in
bookstores. You can also find this book on
- * 'Look Out, Lion Cub!', Michele Coxon, 1997, Star Bright Books
- ISBN 1-887734-39-2, LCC 99-70740 A book about lion cubs for young
children. Not really a 'natural history' book, it is both fun and
educational. A 'Lift-the-Flap' book. Softcover, 16 pages.
- 'Lord of the Lions: George Adamson', Sandy Gall, 1991, Grafton Books,
- ISBN or LCC unknown. A good book on George Adamson, and perhaps
Gareth Patterson. Nothing more is known about the book.
- 'Making a killing: The South African Canned Lion Hunt Scandal', 2000
- Author: Gareth Patterson. Available through Diane Westwood at The Captive
Animal Protection Society (CAPS) at:
in their 'A-Z Index' under 'Canned Hunting' to get going.
- * 'Man Eaters Motel', Denis Boyles, 1991, Ticknor and Fields
- ISBN 0-395-58082-X. Photography by Alan Rose. A rather interesting book
about travel in Africa. Most of the book centers on a trip on the Mombasa
railway. There is much Tsavo maneater lore in this book. There are also
photographs of the Tsavo area, and the infamous bridge. This book is probably
rather hard to find. 253 pages, B/W photos.
- * 'The Man-Eaters of Tsavo', Lt. Col. J. H. Patterson, D.S.O.
- ISBN 0-312-51010-1, 1986, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-671-00306-2, 1996,
Pocket Books. These two books record the harrowing adventure of hunting
the most dangerous man-eating lions of all time. The year was 1898. Two
large, maneless males ate 100+ people during the construction of a bridge
across the Tsavo river in Kenya. Needless to say, the project ground to a
halt while this was going on! The two books contain Patterson's original
story, but differ in the 'extras'. The St. Martins version is larger, and
profusely illustrated. It's preface deals a lot with the hunting aspects of
the story. The Pocket Books version is a small paperback, and was issued as a
companion to the film 'The Ghost and the Darkness'. It's preface tells a lot
more about the life of Colnel Patterson. Good, but scary reading! Check
out the Tsavo Maneaters page on this site to learn
more about this story.
- * 'The Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo', Lt. Col. J.H. Patterson, D.S.O.
- Zoology leaflet 7, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Ill. (1925)
A small booklet (41 pages) published by the Field Museum to go along with their
exhibit of the Tsavo maneaters. I list it seperately from the full-length book
above, as it only contains the portion of the book concerning the maneaters. It
also contains some material not in the original book, and the quality of the
photographs is superb. A must-have for anyone seriously interested in the Tsavo
maneaters. Visit their website at
for more information. You can also check out the Tsavo
Maneaters page on this site to learn more about this story.
- 'Mara Simba: The African Lion', Roger Caras, 1985, Holt, Reinhart and
- No ISBN or LCC info known. I know little about this book, other
than it comes highly recommended!
- * 'The Marsh Lions', Brian Jackson and Johnathan Scott, 1982, Elm Tree
- ISBN Unknown. Story of a lion pride in the Masai Mara from 1978 to 1982.
This book marks the start of a lion observation program that continues to date.
This is a 'coffee table book', and contains no bibliography or references.
- * 'My Pride and Joy', George Adamson, 1987, Simon and Schuster.
- ISBN 0-671-62497-0 This is the autobiography of George Adamson written at
the age of 80. His wife, Joy had just been murdered, and he was soon to be
murdered as well. I have not read the entire book yet, but the parts I have
read were simply excellent. All of the Adamson lions are documented, as well
as the other cats they worked with. Profusely illustrated with black-and-white
and color photos. 304 pages. This book is long out of print, and not easy to
- * 'Natural World: Lion', Bill Jordan, 2000, Raintree Steck-Vaughn
- ISBN 0-7398-0948-2 This excellent childern's book follows the life of a
lion cub as he develops into an adult. In addition, the book has a section on
lion history and conservation issues. In an unusual feature for a childern's
book, a glossary, bibliography, and brief list of websites is included.
Beautifully illustrated! 48 pages, numerous color pictures.
- * 'The Nature of Lions', Eric Grace, 2001, Firefly Books
- ISBN 1-55297-542-8 Photography by Art Wolfe. A nice, but fairly typical
book on the lion. It is organized into sections describing the lions's
equipping to be a superpredator, and his world and life cycle. Another fairly
extensive section describes the relationship between lions and man. Profusely
illustrated with color photos. 100 pages.
- 'Nightstalk', Bruce Aiken, 1987, Afropix publishing, Durban
- (ISBN unknown) The story of a pride of lions in Kruger National Park.
Great Photographs. No further data available.
- 'On Playing With Lions', 1967, Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers
- LCC 66-25625 A book about the production of the movie 'Born Free'
by it's two principal stars.
- * 'On the Trail of the Big Cats', Geraldine Veron, 1998, Barrons
- ISBN 0-7641-0597-3. Illustrated by Robert Dallet. Originally published in
1997 by Editions Nathan, France. This book is a nature travel guide for those
wishing to see the world's wild cats. The book opens with a brief natural
history of the Felidae. It then goes on to describe a number of the smaller
catsin detail. After this, there is a detailed section on each of the big cats.
The usual natural history, characteristics, life cycle, etc. is described.
Then, several good locations to see the cat in the wild are discussed. Each of
these sections includes tips fro travelling to the given location, and other
things to see while there. For the lion, the Gir Forest Sanctuary in India,
and Nikolo Koba National Park in Senegal are described. Both of these are
challenging places for lion viewing! 128 pages. Color photos throughout.
- * 'Operation White Lion', 1981, Chris McBride, St. Martin's Press
- ISBN 0-312-58680-9 This book chronicles efforts to remove the newly
discovered white lions from the Timbavati region of South Africa, after they
fall into grave danger. One interesting thing you will learn from this book:
do lions like Beethoven? 159 pages with color photos. May not be easy to
- 'Portrait of a Gentle Man', Joey Thompson, expected mid-2001.
- This book is a biography about George Adamson. It includes photos. It will
be available through the Born Free
- 'Predators of South Africa', Hans Grober, Clive Walker and Anthony
- No further information available
- 'Pride of Lions', Brian Bertram, 1978 Charles Scribners' Sons.
- ISBN 0-684-15782-9 (Hardcover) Continuing where George Schaller left off,
this book chronicles Bertram's four years of work in the Serengeti lion
Project. The writing is semi-scientific. Lots of good photos, some in color.
- 'Pride of Lions', Bertram F. Jearey, 1936, Longmans, Green and Company,
- An early scientific work about the lion, accomplished through long
observations. Also deals a good bit with human/lion interactions. Contains
good pictures for it's time.
- 'Pride's Progress: The story of a family of lions.', Emmy Haas
- LCC 67-15969, 1967, Harper and Row, New York. A pictorial book about the
family of lions at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. Very readable and enjoyable.
A sequel to the 1965 book, 'Lion Island' by William Bridges.
- * 'Prides: The Lions of Mormei', Chris Harvey (Photographer), Pieter W. Kat,
2000, Smithsonian Institution Press.
- ISBN 1-56098-838-X. This book chronicles the study of four lion prides in
Okavango Delta area of Botswana, and is part of an ongoing project started in
1995. Besides being informative, and up-to-date (With some surprising
observations!), this book is a visual feast. Color photos on every page make
just looking through the book almost as informative as reading it! 144 pages.
- 'Return to the Wild', Norman Carr, 1962, EP Dutton, Collins/London
- LCC 62-14716 This book describes some early work on returning lions
to the wild. (His work was being done the same time the Adamsons were working
with Elsa in Kenya. Oddly enough, neither author refers to the other in their
works!) ) Norman Carr operated a Safari camp in Luangwa Valley, Zambia until
his death in 1997. He was apparently highly regarded by the local people.
- 'Roaring at Dawn', Brian Jackman, 1985, Southern Book Publishers, South
- No ISBN or LCC info available. This book contains tales retold from
two decades of field notebooks of a Safari guide. Outstanding photographs.
- * 'Safari, A saga of the African Blue', Martin Johnson, 1928,
G.P. Putnam's sons.
- (No ISBN or LCC)A book about 4 years of living in East Africa. During that
time, the author observed much wildlife as well as African culture. This
interesting book includes many acendotes about encounters with lions, as well
as an entire chapter devoted to the subject. The book is illustrated with 66
excellent photographs, which still look good half a century later! Some of
these include experimental night photography to capture nocturnal wildlife
activities. (Maybe it's no mistake the author had connections with George
Eastman!) This book was followed a year later by an entire book devoted to the
lion, called 'Lion, African adventures with the king of beasts'. (Listed
above.) This book is uncommon. 294 pages, 66 B/W photographs, 1 map.
- * 'Safari, The East African Diaries of a Wildlife Photographer'
- ISBN 0-87196-847-9 By Gunter Ziesler and Angelika Hofer.
Consulting editor Nigel Sitwell, 1984, Eddison/Sadd Editions Ltd. A
profusely illustrated book chronicling a series of safaris in
various locations in East Africa in 1981 nad 1982. This is a very
enjoyable book that covers the whole range of wildlife in East
Africa. Lions feature prominently in the book, but are in balance
with the other animals in their world. Hardcover, 197 pages,
numerous color photos.
- * The Science of 'Man Eating' Among Lions Panthera leo, With A
Reconstruction of the Natural History of the 'Man Eaters of Tsavo
- The real title of the book 'Journal of East African Natural
History, Volume 90 parts 1 and 2' listed above. It is listed as it
is, because the title on the main entry for this book is what is on
the front cover.
- * Season on the Plain, Franklin Russell, 1974, Reader's Digest Press
- ISBN 0-88349-024-2 A book about life on the African plains. The story is
told through the eyes of four principal animals, including a male lion past
his prime. Looks like a very interesting read. 313 pages, no illustrations or
- * 'The Serengeti Lion' George B. Schaller, 1972, Univ. of Chicago press
- ISBN 0-226-73640-7. Probably the best book ever written on the African
Lion. This book is the fruit of a research project conducted over a three year
period in the Serengeti National game park in Tanzania, Africa. Although
written in the form of a scientific paper, it is very readable. Loads of
information and B/W photographs. Includes a brief look at some other animals
that share the lion's world. Winner, National Book Award. If you must own
just one book about lions, this is the one to have. Available at better
- * 'Siegfried and Roy's Gift for the Ages', Robert and Melinda Macy, with
Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn, 2000
- (No ISBN) A book on the work of the famous magicians Siegfried and
Roy with white lions and tigers. Profusely illustrated with color pictures.
This book is not currently listed on their website, but may be available
through their website:
www.siegfriedandroy-sarmoti.com. It is readily available at the gift
shops in the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
- * 'Simba', C.A.W. Guggisberg, 1961, Howard Timmins, Cape Town S.A.
- (No ISBN or LCC)(First US edition 1963) A good book with nice photos.
Guggisberg's 25 years of observations are very 'seat of the pants', with
little attempt to read scientific principles into them. As a result, he is
still frequently cited by workers today as a source of accurate information.
Some consider this to be the best single volume ever written about the lion.
The book contains no index, so using it for research work is challenging. It
does contain a good bibliography, however.
- 'Simba, the Lion Cub', V.J. Stanek
- No further information available
- 'The Social Life of the Lion' Judith A. Rudnai, 1972, Kenya Medical and
Technical Publishers, Lancaster, England
- A good scientific book on the lion. (Not in my collection)
- * 'Spirit of the Wild Cat', Mike and Peggy Briggs, 2006, Paragon
- ISBN 1-40547-208-1 A beautiful coffee table book showcasing the world's
major cat species. The lion is the first cat considered, and has the most
pages devoted to it of all cats. You will enjoy this book! Hardcover, 256
pages, color photos throughout.
- * 'The Spotted Lion', Kenneth Gandar Dower, 1937, Little, Brown and
- No ISBN or LCC available. This book describes an exploration of
some remote parts of Kenya following the discovery of a spotted lion skin.
Although no spotted lions were discovered, the book does contain a good
account of safari life in the '30's. It also contains a detailed taxinomic
analysis of the lion skin. 331 pages. Some B/W photos, including one of the
pelt as the frontispiece.
- * 'The Story of Elsa', Joy Adamson, 1966, Harcourt, Brace and World (US)
- ISBN unknown. This book is a condensation of the famous 'Elsa' trilogy:
'Born Free', 'Living Free' and 'Forever Free'. (The volume in my posession came
to me with a newspaper clipping containing the inital story of Joy Adamson's
death.) 319 pages, some B/W photos, and 2 maps.
- 'Sugarplum and Chico, the Civilized Lions', Pauline Bokkon, 1967
- A story about two lions Pauline raised as mascots for a high school.
(I seem to think I have this book, but cannot find it!) No further
information is available.
- 'Survivor's Song', Mark and Delia Owens, 1992, Houghton Mifflin, NY
- No ISBN or LCC available. Also published by Harper Collins of
London. A sequel to 'Cry of the Kalahari'.
- * 'Tigers Can't Tap Dance But They Know How To Tango', Valerre Wurst, 1997
- ISBN 0-965-72900-1, Destiny Publishing, Longdale, NV. In this unusual
childern's book, we enter the world of a big cat lover. Valerre has several
big cats, including a lion, tiger and a cougar. She shares in words and many
color pictures just what it is like to interact with these animals. Many of
these pictures are downright remarkable. This book may be rather hard to find.
Approx. 40 unnumbered pages. (I eventually came to know Valerre and one of
the cats featured in this book, Leo the lion. Sadly, Leo left us in August of
2005. An account of my relationship with Leo will appear soon in the 'Lion
Writings' section of this website.)
- * 'Tiger Tales', Deborah Chancellor, 2000, DK Publishing
- ISBN 0-7894-5423-8. A childern's book, subtitled 'And Big Cat Stories'.
This book starts out with a rather heavy story for childern about a tiger that
is acidently killed and then 'parted out' for various uses. From there, it goes
on to tell about the importance of conservation of the big cats. Most
importantly for the purposes of this list, the lion section of the book is
devoted mainly to the story of Gareth Patterson's work with the lion cubs left
after Geroge Adamson was murdered. It tells the story of how lion Batian was
eventually killed by hunters. (Interestingly enough, the magnificent lion
pictured in this section of the book is not Batian!) Some miscellaneous and
somewhat lighter big cat stories are mixed in among these major stories. Highly
recommended. 48 pages, color drawings and pictures. Recommended for second and
- * 'To Walk With Lions', Gareth Patterson, 2001.
- This book is about principles of spirituality that were learned from years
of living with lions. (Lions are extremely spiritual animals!) Seven different
spiritual principles are discussed in this fairly deep book. There are some
wonderful stories in this book. Some start out very sad, but go on to show
things very deep and wonderful. I am quoted in this book! You can learn
more about this book at
- * 'Tribe of the Tiger: Cats and their culture', Elizabeth M. Thomas, 1998
- Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-78815-815-5 (Cloth), ISBN 0-67179-965-7 (Trade
cloth), ISBN 0-68480-454-9 (Trade paperback). Not specifically about lions, but
about cat behavior in general. This book is highly recommended.
- 'Uganda Quest', Ernest Neal, 1971, Taplinger Publishing Co., New York.
- ISBN or LCC unknown. This book has an interesting chapter on the
larger carnivores, including the lion.
- * 'Velvet Paws', Irene Grindlay, 1966, The Adventurer's Club
- ISBN or LCC unknown. The story of Mara the lioness-- who went on
to star as 'Elsa' in the movie 'Born free'. 190 pages, some B/W photos.
- 'What's my Lion?', Pauline Bokkon
- ISBN or LCC unknown. More adventures about raising lions at home!
(See 'Sugrplum and Chico, the Civilized Lions', listed above.) No further
- 'Where the Lions Walked', Gareth Patterson, 1991, Penguin Group, London
- Out of print. You can learn more about the works of Gareth Patterson at
- * 'The White Lions of Timbavati', Chris McBride, 1977, Paddington Press
- ISBN 0-448-22677-4 This excellent book tells the story of the discovery of
white (not albino) lion cubs in the Timbavati Nature Reserve in South Africa.
These lions have gone on to become the foundation stock for the world
population of white lions. Although I have yet to read it, it looks very
interesting, and is beautifully illustrated with color photos throughout. This
book belongs in every lion lovers collection! Out of print, you may find it in
- 'Wild Cats of the World', Art Wolfe and Barara Sleeper
- ISBN 0-517-79978-2, 1995 Crown publishers. A nicely done book that
showcases all of the wild cat species. Superb photography, with many splendid
lion pictures. Is also up-to-date informationwise. Widely available, but a bit
pricey at $50.
- 'Wild Cats of the World', C.A.W. Guggisberg, 1975, David and Charles,
Newton Abbot, England. Out of print.
- This book is organized by species. In the lion section, it makes mention
of the rare white lion and the 'black' lion. The 50 page lion section is
apparently a condensation of 'Simba' by the same author.
- * 'Wild Cats of the World', Mel and Fiona Sunquist
- ISBN 0-226-77999-8, 2002, University of Chicago Press. A monumental work
covering all 38 speices of wild cat in depth. It is probably the best
one-volume treatise on the subject currently in print. This book provides
current and definitive information for each species, including weights and
measures tables. Some information in the lion section of the book looks like
it was borrowed from George Schaller's work, 'The Serengeti Lion'. This book
is very highly recommended! 452 pages, B/W and color photos.
- 'Wild Company', Gus Adendorff, 1984, Books of Africa.
- No ISBN or LCC available. Mr Adendorff was a Senior Ranger of Kruger
National Park in South Africa for 27 years. This book was sold with a
phonograph record entitled 'The Language of Lions' recorded by the author in
the park.(The record was in a sleeve in the back of the book.) Apparently a
very rare book..
- 'Wild Lives of Africa', Juliette Huxley, 1953, William Collins, London
- No ISBN or LCC data available.An account of a journey through South,
East and Central Africa. Although not a book about lions per se, it contains
a lot of information about lions. Also published by Quailty Book Club.
- * 'With Lions by my Side', Paulette Lloyd Greame, 1958, Hutchinson & Co.
- (ISBN unknown) The story of Paulette Lloyd Greame, who had two dreams-- to
live in a wild place and have a pet lion. She managed to acheive both! This
book tells the story. 228 pages, some B/W pictures.
- 'With my Soul Amongst Lions', Gareth Patterson, 1995, St. Martin's Press,
New York, NY
- ISBN 0-34064-896-1 (Paperback?), ISBN 0-31214-768-6 (Cloth). (Also: ISBN
0-70893-740-3, Trade cloth, Ulverscroft Large Print Books.) A continuation of
the story of the attempt to reintroduce the last of the Adamson lions into the
wild. The book apparently ends with an impassioned plea to save the wildlife
before it's gone. Widely available. Visit Gareth Patterson's
website to learn more.
- 'Year of the Lion', Gerald Hanley, 1953, William Collins, London.
- A fictional novel, with lions as the theme.
- * 'Zamba, The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived'
- ISBN 0-06-76132-6 Ralph Helfer, 2005, HarperCollins Publishers. A
wonderful book about a lion trained for film work. It should be read
by any one who questions whether or not humans and lions were meant
to be best friends. (The picture on the cover of the book, showing Mr.
Heller's daughter Tana hugging Zamba says it all!) A book with both
happy and sad stories. Mr. Heller (Of Modoc the Elephant fame) was one
of the first trainers to use affection training. I cannot recommend this
important book highly enough. Hardcover, 258 pages, some B/W photos.
This book is easy to find.
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