Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib Desert

ISBN: 978-0-9946924-6-7

SIZE: 280 x 210 mm


360 pages


"I regard this book as one of the best ever produced on the lion and it deserves a place in the library of every serious wild cat / wildlife enthusiast." J Weir.

Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib Desert is a unique record of an elusive predator in an unusual environment. It uncovers the secret lives of a small population of desert-adapted lions which occurs only in the oldest desert on our planet, the Namib. A first-ever, this extraordinary book about Desert lions celebrates the highly adaptive nature of one of our planet’s most iconic predators which continues to battle for survival in today’s world. 
"If you are interested in wild cats and lions in particular this is the book for you. The text is scholarly but highly readable by the average enthusiast. Basically it outlines the outstanding work done by Dr Philip Stander over many years in the Namib Desert in Namibia to conserve and document a very special and rare population of lions who made this hostile environment their home with some degree of success. Unfortunately the unnecessary demise of 'The Five Musketeers' who were possibly the future for the long term survival of desert adapted lions is recorded which brings a very sad end to a fascinating journey. The photography in the book is wonderful, numerous lion images of the highest quality adorn just about every page. I particularly like the way the text follows a journey from the beginning of 'The Desert Lion Project' to the present day and apart from a very well written narrative includes detailed field notes, very well presented statistics and meaningful charts and maps. I regard this book as one of the best ever produced on the lion and it deserves a place in the library of every serious wild cat / wildlife enthusiast. The book also highlights the other desert adapted mammals that call this region home. It is in many respects a coffee table book, but contains a wealth of factual information, I feel it also represents excellent value for money and presumably also contributes to the long term aims of the project. The author remains in my opinion one of the most influential field zoologists to ever work with cats." J Weir

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Kirsten D.
South Africa

Vanishing Kings - Lions of the Namib Desert

The book itself was great. My only negative was the extent of the wrapping. People who order a book on nature are obviously concerned about environmental protection. The book arrived in a massive box surrounded by innumerable plastic air filled pockets. I am still attempting to find good ways to reuse these before they end up in the waste stream. I appreciate the need to protect the book from damage but a smallish padded envelope would have done the job more than adequately.

Richard J.
South Africa

Vanishing Kings lions of the Namib Desert

Hi this is a beautiful book, easy reading and wonderfull photographs. The delivery service was also very quick and efficient. Thankyou.

Andre M.
South Africa

Vanishing Kings

Excellent from order to receiving my delivery a few days later

Jo B.
South Africa

Super service :)

What great service, I took a chance ordering something really close to Christmas and hoped it would be here in time.....well was here before I even had time to worry about how long it would take. I was kept informed and knew exactly what to expect-thanks HPH, I'm super impressed.


Captivating read on these magnificent animals

A must read if you have a keen interest in the cat family. All the subjects (storytelling, statistics, photographs, charts, etc) were excellently put together to create a special insight on a sensitive subject. For a full review follow the link to my blog: