The Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania is one of the last remaining great wilderness areas in Africa. Encompassing more area than Switzerland and proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, the Selous is Africa’s oldest and largest protected area and remains one of the continent’s greatest undisturbed ecosystems.
Teeming with life - including elephants, giraffe, more lions than any other protected area on the continent, large packs of wild dogs and vast herds of buffalo - the Selous is a crown jewel of biodiversity and wilderness preservation.
The Selous in Africa: A Long Way from Anywhere by Robert J. Ross, features nearly 400 photographs of this extraordinary place. Not only the large mega-fauna typically seen in a photographic book on African Wildlife but also the fantastic and often overlooked smaller creatures, birds, insects, and dramatic landscapes are captured in these breathtaking images. Original essays on the history and ecology of the Selous as well as words focused on the clear and present threats facing the Game Reserve including elephant poaching and human encroachment are complimented by generous excerpts from Sand Rivers, Peter Matthiessen’s beautifully written book about a safari he undertook in the Selous. But the story of the Selous Game Reserve is best experienced through Ross’ photography. Culled from more than 100,000 photographs shot over four years, the images offer an intimate glimpse into the diverse landscapes, glory, and fauna to be found in this cherished reserve.
Robert J. Ross is a native new Yorker who has spent the past fifteen years capturing colourful moments in Africa and elsewhere around the world after wisely leaving a career in property finance and development. Rob’s work has been published in National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Condé Nast Traveler, Getaway Magazine, Africa Geographic, Islands, Travel Africa, GQ, House & Garden and many other leading travel and environmental journals. Rob has also undertaken photographic assignments for the Wildlife Conservation Society, the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Global Fund for Children. Rob now divides his time between bases in the mountains of Colorado and at the southern tip of his beloved Africa in Cape Town.
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