The man-eaters as shown in the group in the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago, 1925)


This 1907 book relates the tale of the author's battle against man-eating lions during the building of the Uganda Railway in 1898. This is the single most famous man-eating lion story in modern history. It continues to capture the imagination today and has been made into a motion picture twice: Bwana Devil in 1952 and The Ghost and the Darkness in 1996. A recent ABC news story even offers insight into why the lions became man-eaters.

A 1998 story from the Seatle Post-Intelligencer describes plans for a museum at Tsavo.

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The Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago, 2010)
Photo by Greg Puertolas