is the love child of a 20-year affair with Africa. The notion of doing a book on Africa came to Don Shay shortly after he made his first transformative trip to the continent – a two-week photographic safari to Kenya in 1987. Captivated by the experience, he returned to Africa in 1989 – and nearly every year thereafter over the course of two decades – sampling dozens of wildlife preserves in nine different countries. During those years, he also began sorting through the thousands of photographs he had taken on safari, with the intention of assembling the best of them into a book.
But while there are many fine photographs in this volume – 238 of them, to be precise – Endangered Liaisons is much more than a mere collection of photos. It is also a beautifully written and moving memoir that evokes the safari experience like no other. Shay has said: "I wanted reading this book to be the next best thing to being on safari – something that would resonate not just with people who have been to Africa, but also with those who have not."
The book is divided into seven chapters, each focusing on a particular destination and, in most cases, a particular species of animal, with a final chapter addressing wildlife conservation issues. Insightful and often humorous accounts of life on safari are seamlessly interwoven with well-researched information on the locations visited and the wildlife observed. Accompany Shay as he traces the route of the Great Migration through the Serengeti ecosystem of Tanzania. Share the suspense as a lioness stalks prey in the Masai Mara of Kenya, and the horror as a cheetah hunt goes terribly awry in the Savuti region of Botswana. Climb the Virunga volcanoes of Rwanda for a poignant encounter with mountain gorillas. Join a pack of wild dogs as they hunt and raise pups in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. And feel the rush of cruising down the Chobe River on a quest for elephants.
An ardent supporter of wildlife conservation, Shay has pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each copy of Endangered Liaisons to the African Wildlife Foundation – a worthy organization that he has supported for years.