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.
The Tycoon Game for Horse Lovers
Life is full of surprises! Only one week ago, you didn't know that you have a wealthy aunt living alone on a small farm close to the small town of Trotterville. But it's not a secret anymore because your generous auntie has decided to give you her farm because she is moving to Australia. Welcome to your new home, Morgan Valley Farm, a real training and breeding horse farm.
Not a fan of housework or running the farm, your auntie left you with a lot of work to do. Even though it's a bit run down, there's a lot of fixing up to do. After all, you now own a small farmhouse, a pasture, a riding arena and a stable. Inside the stable a young mare is waiting for you to take care of her. It's time to let the fun begin! As soon as your financial situation allows, you can start to renovate your buildings and expand your horse farm.
With luck, skills, brains, and of course your trust mare, you will even be able to create your own breed of horse. Of course you will need a stallion, too - but, you never know what's going to happen.
It's your first day at the farm. You take a walk across the land, breathe the fresh country air, and consider your situation. Honestly, it doesn't look too good. The feed containers are just about empty, and your saddles and bridles are rather shabby, too. But as you explore the farmhouse you find a dusty little cookie box up on a shelf. Inside there is a little note from your auntie, and - surprise! A considerable amount of cash to jumpstart your new life. Now you - SKU: XS138667