LOST WILDERNESS' - NEW
BOOK FROM MOHAMED ISMAIL
- - An elephant
reaches for the sky ... and some
fruit in this delightful study taken from Mohamed Ismail's
new book 'The Lost Wilderness' published by the Safari
Press in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
IS A collaborative work with Dr. Alice Thor - former
professor at Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey
- - Mombasa-born
Mohamed Ismail, who is a conservationist, writer and artist recently
had his second book published in Los Angeles, California.
Lost Wilderness" is the autobiography of his life
and times both as a former Kenyan game warden and a professional
book is lavishly illustrated. This
week, in 'Silicon Valley', Mr. Ismail held a book signing session.
Jose Mercury News' staff reporter Shelley Angelo wrote to Coastweek:
Ismail has had other book signing sessions in South Dakota where
several of his wildlife paintings are on permanent display among
collectors and at the Sioux Falls Zoo and Museum.
modest in demeanour, Mr. Ismail has travelled far and wide including
Antarctica, Tibet, The Gobi Desert, The South China Seas as well as
having undertaken several trips to China and Turkey.
- - Mohamed
Ismail Author of 'The
1980 he led a trekking expedition to Tibet with his friend, the late
Tenzing Norgay. (Tenzing Norgay was the first person to conquer
Everest in 1953 with Sir Edmund Hilary.)
Lost Wilderness is introduced to readers by no less a personage
than Patrick Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's son who has known Ismail
for the past 35 years."
interviewed, Mr. Ismail confirmed that he depended heavily on his his
late wife who was a driving force behind everything he did and who was
always the source of encouragement to him.
Lost Wilderness is a collaborative work with Dr. Alice Thor, a
former professor at Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.
Ismail acknowledges with gratitude the encouragement he has had in the
last six years from his friend, the late Fahmy Hinawy of Mombasa who
was a founder member of 'The Friends of Fort Jesus' for some of
the photographic material and also to Mr. Gulam Mirdat of Mombasa.
Mirdat was a distinguished professional hunter and naturalist who ran
a safari company known as African Bushtrails back in the 1970's.
book is rated as a classic by the publishers, Safari Press and
can be accessed on their website at: www.safaripress.com
book is a must for lovers of high adventure, for it chronicles tales
of an Africa that is forever gone.
limited edition, signed and numbered copy sells for U.S. $ 60.
trade edition is coming out at the end of the year and that will sell
for U.S. $ 39.
Ismail, born in Mombasa in 1938, is of Afghan and Baluchj descent.
- - Leopard on
prowl - one of many superb
illustrations from the new
book 'The Lost Wilderness'
by conservationist, writer
and artist Mohamed Ismail.
holds a Cambridge Overseas School Certificate and a Diploma, with
highest honors, from the College of Wildlife Management of Mweka,
1967-1972 Ismail served as a game warden with the Ministry of Tourism
and Wildlife in Kenya.
is a respected ornithologist who worked with the late Roger Tory
Peterson. In 1972 lsmail became a senior instructor for Lindblad
Travel, leading safaris for organizations such as the New York
Zoological Society, the National Wildlife Federation, the Royal
Ontario Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution.
the years prior to 1977, lsmail was also a professional hunter and
served as the director of Bushtrails Ltd., a safari firm based in
1988 Ismail formed his own safari company, Explorers' Africa.
is an accomplished photographer whose pictures have appeared in National
has also published "The Essential
Safari Companion", which he both wrote and
illustrated with his own photographs.
is currently at work with Alice Pianfetti on their second book on East