This is an important book for environmental historians working on conservation in post-colonial Africa and particularly southern Africa. It provides insights into topical issues affecting conservation of flora and fauna in southern Africa. The book provides a historical analysis on the exclusion of the local residents in line with the establishment game parks. It shows how elitism has been a factor in environmental conservation, and this has been explained through the use of the top down approach by the responsible authorities, in this case the Zimbabwean, Mozambican, and South African governments. . . . the book offers incredible insights of African environmental history.