The Man-Eaters of Eden: Life and Death in Kruger National Park

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It was the winter of 1902; South African park ranger Harry Wolhuter was on horseback, patrolling the area for poachers at Kruger National Park. Little did he know, he was also being stalked. Out of nowhere, two huge male lions pounced on Harry's horse, knocking the man to the ground. The horse ran off, leaving Harry to fend for himself. One of the lions lunged at him--piercing deep into his flesh and bones--and began to drag him far into the jungle to finish him off. Harry's only hope for survival was the small sheath he carried on his right hip, and he could not reach it easily. With a few quick stabs to the massive beast's chest, he waited and prayed for the best. Miraculously, after spending hours in a tree--drifting in and out of consciousness--with only his terrier standing between him and the second lion, he survived the attack and lived to tell his story.

But others have not been so lucky at Kruger National Park. Today, Mozambican refugees are being eaten alive in great numbers as they attempt to walk the Kruger, yet no one seems to know about these massacres, and nothing is being done to stop them. More lion attacks have been documented in the past year than ever before.

And so begins the investigative journey of journalist Robert Frump. In July of 2002, his plane touched down on the airfields west of Kruger, and what he discovered was beyond belief. The Man-Eaters of Eden uncovers the simple truth, that more people are eaten by lions today, than ever before.

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The hand that tour guide Neville Edwards noticed waving to him, beckoning him, from the thick of South Africa’s Kruger National Park was startling and puzzling at the same time: No sane person would be in the wild on foot and alone. It was only when the scavenging black-backed jackal came into view—the waving arm lodged between its teeth—that Edwards knew another refugee had fallen victim to . . . the lions.
Today, Mozambican refugees are being eaten alive en masse as they attempt to find freedom by walking across Kruger National Park—an area often referred to by travel guides as "Africa’s Eden"—yet no one seems to know about these massacres, and nothing is being done to stop them.
So begins the investigative journey of award-winning journalist Robert R. Frump. In July of 2002, his plane touched down on the airfields west of Kruger, and what he discovered was beyond belief.
The questions he intended to ask were simple, but the issues surrounding them complex. Was a human life always more valuable than a lion's? If so, why was that not apparent in Kruger? Frump broaches these subjects and many others as he attempts to literally walk the Kruger himself. He presents his findings with a sense of urgency for the truth that unwaveringly portrays the facts as they were revealed to him. THE MAN-EATERS OF EDEN is a deftly written study of the park’s two thousand lions, of the helpless refugees, and of the crossed paths the two species travel.

About the Author:

Robert R. Frump is a respected author and journalist with a number of national awards under his belt, including a Polk and part of a Pulitzer. His last book, Until the Sea Shall Free Them, was critically well received, and is currently being reviewed by Disney/Buena Vista. He lives in Summit, New Jersey.

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