Samaki: The Story of an Otter in Africa

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Samaki: The Story of an Otter in Africa is a novel written and illustrated by J.A. Davis (Joseph Anthony Davis). It was first published in 1979, by E.P. Dutton (New York, N.Y.) and "simultaneously in Canada by Clark, Irwin & Company Limited, Toronto and Vancouver".[1]

The novel is about Samaki, a wild spot-necked otter (Hydrictis maculicollis)[2], from his birth through to his adulthood and holding of his oown territory, with cubs of his own. All significant characters are named (Samaki is Swahili for fish), but there is no dialogue.

In the Author's Note, J.A. Davis states that "Samaki's story is fiction, but I have taken pains to ground it as solidly as I know how in the observed behavior of the animals portrayed. ... Samaki, as an older cub and adult, is patterned on an otter whose name was the same; he lived with me in my home for some seven years, and some of his real life I have already narrated in Beever & Company.[3]

References[edit]

  1. Davis, J.A. Samaki: The Story of an Otter in Africa. New York, N.Y.: E.P. Dutton, 1979. t.p. verso.
  2. Davis, J.A. Samaki: The Story of an Otter in Africa. New York, N.Y.: E.P. Dutton, 1979. p. 207
  3. Davis, J.A. Samaki: The Story of an Otter in Africa. New York, N.Y.: E.P. Dutton, 1979. p. 208.