Introduction

Several years ago, my wife Margie and I went on a safari in South Africa with some family and friends. We had been on a number of safaris over the past 20 years, but this time I saw some things differently. The jungle appeared more vicious, competitive, and territorial than ever before. If you’ve ever heard a lion roar, it sends chills up your back. When our long-time guide, Gary Clarke from Topeka, Kansas, imitates the lion’s roar, he shouts, “It’s mine, mine, mine, mine!” That’s because when the lion roars, what he’s really saying is, “This is my territory. Don’t mess with me.” In fact, lions will kill their sons if the sons challenge their fathers’ control over their territory.

The reason I saw this more vividly than ever before ...

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