Based on Richard Leakey's m chremoir "Wildlife Wars: My Fight to Save Africa's Natural Treasures," the book chronicles the famed paleoanthropologist and conservationist's efforts to stop elephant poaching. Published in 2001, the book chronicles the famed paleoanthropologist and conservationist's efforts to stop elephant poaching in the Kenyan National Parks, a quest that put his life in danger. In 1993, Leakey was flying a small propeller-driven plane that crashed, crushing his lower legs, both of which were later amputated. Sabotage was suspected but never proved. Nairobi-born Leakey hails from scientific royalty as the son of renowned archeologist Louis Leakey and paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey.