Now on Kindle: How Apartheid Created Man-eating Lions

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"The Man-eaters of Eden: Life and Death in Kruger National Park" is now available as a Kindle edition through Amazon.com. Author Robert Frump goes on an investigative safari in South Africa to discover why the lions of Kruger, docile in the daytime when tourists are present, turn into man-eaters at night when Mozambique refugees attempt to cross the park. He traces the problem to apartheid and examines why the problem exists today after apartheid's demise.

"The Man-eaters of Eden: Life and Death in Kruger National Park," a non-fiction book that explores the role of apartheid in human-animal conflict in South Africa, has been released on Kindle, Amazon's electronic book reader.

The book, first published in hardcover in 2006, tells the story of how author Robert Frump visited South Africa and learned by chance that some lions in Kruger National Park, considered the "Eden of South Africa," had turned to man-eating behavior.

Mr. Frump follows the trail of how this turn of events occurred, tracing them squarely back to the policies of apartheid. Apartheid ended in 1994 with the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa. But the apartheid policies -- strict enforcement of immigration laws and the fencing of Kruger National Park -- continued.

Moazambican refugees, and now refugees from Zimbabwe, risk life and limb to enter South Africa, considered the "America" of Southern Africa. The situation is comparable to the US Mexican border -- if the US southern border contained more than 2,000 lions accustomed to killing and eating humans.

Reviews of the book have been positive. Publishers Weekly says,Frump "...balances first-person accounts of his travels in the Kruger and his attempts to literally walk in the same path as the refugees with sharp and fascinating portraits of Africans such as John Kohza, one of the first of what Frump calls 'the modern surge of refugees through Kruger' in the 1970s. Kohza's flight from the horrors of Mozambican famine and persecution is one of the book's emotional high points.'"

Book List says, "Frump's intention was to examine the problem of lions and refugees dispassionately, and in this he succeeds. The narrative style encompasses solutions for solving the problem. "

Robert Frump is a nationally recognized journalist who also has written "Until the Sea Shall Free Them" and "Two Tankers Down." He and Suzanne, his wife, live in Summit, NJ, and Dallas, TX.

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