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The Mara
The Mara

The Mara


160 Pages, 13 x 9

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $39.95 (US $39.95) (CA $53.95)

Publication Date: December 2016

ISBN 9780565093945

Rights: US & CA

Natural History Museum, London (Dec 2016)

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An intimate photographic portrayal of life in the world-famous Maasai Mara nature reserve

This is the visual story of life in Maasai Mara, Kenya, wild home of African big game and one of the world's most famous wildlife reserves. Anup Shah's distinctive style of photography propels the reader into the middle of this evocative land and its resident animals, immediately and intimately. The Mara reveals a magnificent stage for the performance of life. The drama is driven by the rhythm of the seasons, from the start of new life at the end of the rainy season, through to the hardships endured during the long, dry season. The images capture anger, death, hope, arrivals, and departures, and provide a startlingly fresh and rarely seen view of life in this popular reserve. The images are accompanied by thought-provoking captions which describe the breathtaking land that Anup experienced first-hand during trips to the Mara between 2011 and 2015. Now the reader can experience the essence and wonder of Mara life with this astounding volume.


"Stunning photos of Gombe chimpanzees. . . Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers provide an intimate insight into the world of chimpanzees." —BBC Wildlife magazine, on Tales from Gombe

"An intimate and stunningly illustrated account. . . The intensity of the images speaks volumes about the photographers' involvement with their subjects. The portraits, especially, have a Rembrandt-like depth, with every wrinkle and whisker steeped in meaning and emotion." —Travel Africa magazine, on Tales from Gombe

"The social structure of these remarkable animals is documented in Tales from Gombe." —New Scientist, on Tales from Gombe

"A stunning new book documenting these extraordinary ape communities." —Wild Planet magazine, on Tales from Gombe

Author Biography

Anup Shah is an award-winning photographer who specializes in photographing wildlife. He is the author of four popular photographic books: Tales from Gombe, Circle of Life, African Odyssey, and Serengeti Spy. He was featured in The World's Top Wildlife Photographers and in Horzu magazine as one of the five best wildlife photographers in the world. He has won a number of categories in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and is one of the 10 "masters" in the Natural History Museum book The Masters of Nature Photography. He has also carried out numerous photographic assignments for National Geographic.