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Call of the wild

Can an urban life satisfy our instincts?

By George Monbiot   June 2013

Masai warriors stand on a rock in the Laikipia Plateau, Kenya. Given the option, I’d have chosen their life over mine, says Monbiot (© Ryan Heffernan)

The foraging had not gone well. We had hoped to find nettles, hawthorn buds, perhaps some spring mushrooms. But it was a cold March and scarcely anything had yet stirred. I pushed through a screen of branches and saw, beside a small stream, a dead muntjac: one of the Chinese barking deer that have proliferated in Britain since they were released by the Duke…

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