Delia Owens is an American wildlife scientist and bestselling author. In 1974 she went to live in the Central Kalahari of Botswana, where she conducted research on lions and brown hyenas which earned her a PhD from the University of California. This research formed the subject matter of three bestselling nonfiction books which she co-authored, including Cry of the Kalahari (1984). From the Kalahari, she ventured to Zambia to set up a multi-award-winning project which continues to this day, partly funded by the Owens Foundation for Wildlife Conservation. Her first novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, is profoundly influenced by her research on female groups and the social life of mammals.
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