The Storm Leopard is an alchemic blend of travel and nature writing that explores the primary dilemma of the 21st century - the conflict of modern lifestyles with the natural environment. This is an account of the author's journey from the Cape to the Serengeti Plains and his search for an answer to the Old Timer, a Kenyan who foretold the end of the wild. Martyn decided on one more trip, but this time without an agenda, without a timetable and without preconceptions: with no purpose other than to know, to feel and to understand. The book is filled with insights of African elephants and antelope, and with portraits of a natural world inhabited by Bushmen, game wardens and scientists. Running through it is an outspoken and highly ethical regard for humankind's relationship with nature. From his first contact with Bushman rock art in the Western Cape, the author is drawn into a spiritual journey as he grapples with the quandary of balancing our lifestyles with protecting the environment. His travelling companion, Stu, a fellow scientist and arch cynic, is nettled by this lack of rationality.
Marooned together in their 4A--4, the friction, humour and hardship of their journey carry the reader across the continent from one adventure to another, to the final revelation atop an isolated kopje in the heart of the Serengeti Plains. The Storm Leopard is a unique book that emanates from the author's passionate affair with nature and many years of experience in the field as an ecologist and consultant in conservation - nothing deals with today's environmental issues in the same way.
Martyn Murray was Nuffield Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and was later appointed to the University Senate. Other posts include Senior Advisor to the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology of the University of Edinburgh and membership of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Antelope Specialist Group and European Sustainable Use Specialist Group. He has spent 35 years in wildlife research and has written and contributed to numerous scientific publications and conservation articles, including a number published in Nature and Science. Dr. Murray is Company Director and CEO of MGM Environmental Solutions Ltd.