This book is the result of seven years of close observation of the animals under discussion. These include animals of the forests, rivers and plains; predators; scavengers and some smaller fry --right down to the ticks, worms and flies that live upon (or in) the larger animals. It is a conversational report of what the author has seen, heard, smelled and concluded in his long watch. Sir Julien Huxley saw the book first and said of its 90 or more photographs (some in color) -- ""This is the best collection of wild life photographs I have ever seen combining beauty, interest and technical excellence..."" -- and this is assuredly true. From the flies on the rump of a distant rhinoceros to the underwater shots of a school of barbus fish grooming a wallowing hippo these are exciting photographs of animals ungroomed by captivity.