The African game wardens books are by the gentlemen who predominantly worked as game wardens and rangers but who also may have been professional hunters, either guiding clients or hunting elephant for themselves.
George Adamson (1906 - 1989) first visited Kenya in 1924. After a series of jobs, which included time as a gold prospector, goat trader and professional hunter, he joined Kenya's game department in 1938 and was Senior Game Warden of the Northern Frontier District. Six years later he married Joy and it was in 1956 that he raised the lioness cub Elsa who became the subject of the 1966 film 'Born Free'.
Bwana Game: The Life Story Of George Adamson by George Adamson (1968) is his account of his years spent as a Game Warden in Kenya and is crammed with gripping stories of adventure and delightful descriptions of the rescue of wounded or orphaned animals. George Adamson shares much knowledge of the land, people and fauna of Kenya. As well as being a thrilling autobiography of a man totally dedicated to the preservation of wild life, Bwana Game contains unique information concerning East African animals which have perhaps never before been so intimately observed over many years.
My Pride And Joy: An Autobiography by George Adamson (1986) is the story of his life. When his wife Joy wrote about the lioness Elsa in the book Born Free, the world was amazed. The story that George Adamson tells is infinitely more astonishing, for his life among the plants and trees, the birds and animals of the African bush, has been one of excitement and often danger - and, above all, of lions.
Count Preben Julius Gregers Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille (1905 - 1985) was not an African game warden but the Chief Game Warden of Denmark and keen African big game hunter. He hunted with Syd Downey and George Adamson and was instrumental in saving Downey's life when he was severely tsetse fly-bitten. Downey was treated in Nairobi but returned to Denmark with Ahlefeldt-Bille to fully recover. Some of Ahlefeldt-Bille's many African trophies are on display at the Egeskov Castle, Funen, Denmark which belonged to the Ahlefeldt-Bille family. Ahlefeldt-Bille was a skilled bowhunter and in 1937 he went on to collect many trophies on a bowhunting safari to Kenya and Congo.
Stan Bleazard was born in Kenya and he became Deputy Chief Game Warden so dangerous game control was as much of his life as professional big game hunting. Stan was a colleague of noted hunters like Nicky Blunt, George Dove, Reggie Destro, Geoff Bennett and Brian Nicholson.
Stan Bleazard co-wrote 'An Impossible Dream: Some Of Kenya's Last Colonial Game Wardens Recall' with Ian Parker.
Sunset Tales Of Safariland by Stan Bleazard (2005) is a first class story of adventure and achievement told with modesty and humour about a land that was full of glamour and promise, and written by one of the very few individuals with more than 50 years experience on the greatest big game hunting fields the African continent has ever produced. There is much in this book that current day hunters can learn about big and dangerous game.
From 1949 onwards John Blower served as a forester, game ranger, game warden, and briefly as an inspector in the Kenya Police. He was conservator of forests in Tanganyika, game warden in the Serengeti, chief game warden in Uganda and Ethiopia.
In Ethiopia: A Game Warden's Adventures In Haile Selassie's Medieval Empire by John Blower (2005) is the author's account of his four years as first senior warden of the Ethiopian National Parks and Nature Reserves, and advisor to the emperor, Haile Selassie.
Banagi Hill: A Game Warden's Africa by John Blower (2004) is a memoir of the author's time as game warden in Kenya and the Sudan at the close of British rule. A valuable piece of first-hand African history.
Himalayan Assignment by John Blower (2006). After twenty years in Africa, covered in the author's previous books 'Banagi Hill' and 'In Ethiopia', the author was recruited to work in the Himalayas. A demanding assignment of planning and developing national parks, to achieve a balance between the needs of local inhabitants and the preservation of habitats. Very different from Africa, Nepal's and Bhutan's extremes of scenery, climate, fauna and flora are brilliantly brought to life.
Shell Guide To The Wildlife Of Ethiopia by John Blower (1969)
After having been in the Royal Navy, manager of a sisal estate and cotton planter, Commander David Enderby Blunt worked as a game ranger and elephant control officer in Tanganyika. Read an article Africa's 'last wilderness' reordering space for political and economic in colonial Tanzania about Commander Blunt's involvement in the territorial control of elephants in Tanganyika.
Elephant by Commander David Enderby Blunt (1933) is a true classic on elephant hunting. This book is highly sought after, deservedly so.
Henry Courtney Brocklehurst (1888 - 1942) was the Game Warden of Sudan in the early 1930s.
Game Animals Of The Sudan - Their Habitats & Distribution: A Handbook For Hunters And Naturalists by H C Brocklehurst (1931) is a beautifully illustrated and informative guide to Sudanese game animals. It features more humane hunting techniques and efficient skinning methods as well as descriptions of physical features and habits of a plethora of animals including the cheetah, the eland, the bushbuck and larger game like the elephant and rhinoceros.
A Game Ranger Remembers by Bruce Bryden (2009) are the tales of 27 years in the service of in the famous Kruger National Park. Abounding with encounters with elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino, whether darting for research, managing culling operations by helicopter or stalking on foot. Kindle Version
Man-Eaters, Mambas And Marula Madness by Mario Cesare (2010). What started as a vision for the Olifants River Game Reserve has become the story of a game ranger's life. Life-and-death encounters with lion, elephant and buffalo are balanced by rescues and interventions as these giants of the lowveld suffer the effects of human interference in their ecosystem. There are problems with poachers and with rapacious neighbours, then the delights of success - and in the case of the elephant population, the conundrums of too much success. Mario Cesare's career has taken him from Timbavati and Mala Mala to Olifants River and beyond.
The Man With The Black Dog: A True Modern-Day Jock Of The Bushveld by Mario Cesare (2011) is the story of an adventurous life - spanning both pre- and post-1994 Southern Africa - which is interwoven with the tale of an intense, loving 14-year relationship between himself and his dog Shilo. It has lasted through innumerable adventures of duck-hunts and killer crocodile, wounded buffalo, lion, leopard and poachers.
Don Cowie is a naturalist and professional hunter. He began his working life as an officer with the Southern Rhodesian Department of Customs and Excise, stationed at the Beitbridge border post. Already an experienced hunter, he soon became sought-after for problem animal control. When the Henderson brothers started their own safari company in Botswana, they hired Don Cowie as their professional hunter during the six-month safari seasons. In 1967 when sport hunting on a game-ranching permit finally became legal in Zimbabwe, the Hendersons moved their safari operation to Southern Rhodesia, teaming up with Brian Marsh to form Henderson & Marsh Safaris.
An African Game Ranger On Safari by Don Cowie (2006) is an entertaining account of the author's hunting life including stories of being charged by two male lions at the same time when he was a professional hunter in Botswana and game management in Africa's national parks and on the privately owned game ranches of Southern Rhodesia, where he was a game manager for practically his adult life.
Mervyn Hugh Cowie (1909 - 1996) was a conservationist who pioneered wildlife protection and the development of tourism throughout East Africa. Cowie became chairman of the national parks board and Nairobi National Park, Kenya's first national park, was opened in 1946. Cowie went on to open a series of parks throughout East Africa including the Serengeti National Park in Tanganyika (1951) and the Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda (1952).
Fly, Vulture by Mervyn Cowie (1961) is the story of the author's 'change of heart' over big game hunting and his struggle to establish game reserves in Kenya.
The African Lion by Mervyn Cowie (1966) is an introducton to the life history and behavior of lions in Africa, with many photographs.
I Walk With Lions: The Story Of Africa's Great Animal Preserves by Mervyn Cowie (1961). The author was born and raised in Africa, attended an English public school and at his father's urging became an accountant. Eventually he rebelled against office routine and devoted all his time to the national parks movement, becoming the director in 1946.
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Peter Hay started as a locust control officer in Somaliland in 1953 and after postings in Ethiopia, became a Game Warden in Uganda.
One Long Safari by Peter W Hay (1998) relates hunting stories from the more remote parts of Africa such as Somaliland, Ethiopia and Uganda.
Anno Hecker was a German big game hunter who arrived in Tanzania in 1955 and decided to stay. He served as a tsetse control officer and an honorary game warden and taught at the Game Warden Training Centre at the College of African Wildlife Management.
C'est L'Afrique - That's Africa: A Somewhat Different Hunting Book by Anno Hecker (2007) are the memoirs of a German big game hunter of great experience. Hunting elephant, eland, buffalo and many others, principally in Kenya and Tanzania.
C J P Ionides (1901 - 1969) was a former British Army officer turned ivory hunter. He was briefly a white hunter working out of Arusha in the 1930s, then joined the game department in southeastern Tanganyika in 1933. Although he continued his avid hunting, collecting rare species as far away as the Sudan and Abyssinia.
A Hunter's Story by C J P Ionides (1965) is the autobiography of a great hunter, conservationist and a celebrated naturalist. He was a Game Warden in Tanganyika and is known as the 'Father of the Selous' as he designed the Selous Game Reserve as a highly controlled hunting reserve. He was recognised as a foremost herpetologist and collected thousands of deadly snakes, especially green and black mambas, puff adders and cobras. This book was published in the US with the title 'Mambas And Man-Eaters'.
Read the Ionides biography 'Snake Man' by Alan Wykes.
Bruce Kinloch (1919 - 2011) was born in India and educated in England and was an avowed 'elephant man'. His grandfather was Brigadier General Alexander Angus Airlie Kinloch who was a renowned big game hunter in India. Bruce Kinloch has been Chief Game Warden of three different African countries - Uganda for 10 years, Tanzania for 4 years and Malawi. During his unique career, which included his creation of the College of African Wildlife Management on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, his advice was sought and valued as the innovative authority on wildlife. Read about his incredible WW2 military achievements his obituary in the Daily Telegaph.
The Shamba Raiders: Memories Of A Game Warden by Bruce Kinloch (1972) is the remarkable story of Bruce Kinloch, the former Game Warden and big game hunter. He tells a fascinating story of the constant struggle to preserve Africa's wildlife, especially its dwindling herds of elephants. Ivory poachers, devious middlemen, uncaring and bigoted officials all add to a game warden's worries, apart from the need to safeguard the crops and livelihood of the indigenous population. Bruce's encounters with rogue elephants, buffalo and poachers make thrilling reading and highlight the unsung work of the game wardens and their assistants who daily put their lives at risk. However, it was not all work and Bruce Kinlock's description of fishing for the giant Nile perch below the Murchison Falls will make any angler's mouth water.
Sauce For The Mongoose by Bruce Kinloch (1964). During his years in the Game Department the author and his wife reared all kinds of wild animals, but in a long succession of sick and orphaned refugees none had as disruptive an influence on their lives as the subject of this book, Pipa the mongoose.
Game Wardens In Africa by Bruce Kinloch (1981)
Tales From A Crowded Life by Bruce Kinloch (2008) is an interesting account of the author's life, from his childhood in India and at school in Britain to his wartime career as an officer in the 3rd Gurkha Rifles where he served on the North West Frontier and subsequently through the Burma campaign. The last part of the book concerns his time in Africa, some fishing, game preservation and his work establishing the College of African Wildlife Management beneath Mount Kilimanjaro. A fascinating account of both war in the Far East and the period of transition of British East Africa to independence.
Anthony S Marsh and his wife left England after finding a job offer for the Kenya Colony in their local newspaper. At the age of 30 he soon found himself in charge of the Kenya Game Department's elephant control unit.
Fourteen Years In The African Bush: An Account Of A Kenyan Game Warden by Anthony S Marsh (1997) is an account of a Kenyan game warden. Here you will read some of the most amazing adventures with elephants and other East African game.
Between The Sunlight And The Thunder by Keith Meadows (2007). From a volunteer in the government security forces responding to the brutality of the Mau Mau offensive, to professional hunter, to game warden, Gil Freeman remained in Kenya for the next decade before moving on to the Congo and then Rhodesia.
Sometimes When It Rains: White Africans In Black Africa by Keith Meadows (2000) is a look at the evolution of Zimbabwe, from the days of colonial Rhodesia to modern Zimbabwe.
Rupert Fothergill: Bridging A Conservation Era by Keith Meadows (1996) is the story of Rupert Fothergill, a Southern Rhodesian game ranger and leader of Operation Noah, a project to rescue thousands of wild animals (one of which almost claimed his life) from the rising waters of a man-made lake behind the Kariba Dam, on the Zambezi River.
Colonel Peter Molloy (1915 - 2000) became the first Director of National Parks in Tanganyika in 1954 and established new parks at Lake Manyara and on the eastern side of Mount Meru.
The Cry Of The Fish Eagle: The Personal Experiences Of A Game Warden And His Wife In The Southern Sudan by Peter Molloy (1957) is a long respected work on the game-rich but harsh to penetrate areas of Sudan.
Audrey Moore was the wife of Monty Moore VC who was the Game Warden of the Serengeti in the 1920's. He was also one of the professional hunters on the Prince of Wales' 1928 hunting safari.
Serengeti by Audrey Moore (1938) is an account of the wildlife and safaris in the African Game Sanctuary, Serengeti. Foreword by Sir Philip Mitchell.
Guy Muldoon was an agricultural officer in the 1940s in Nyasaland, now Malawi. He later became a game control officer and continued his battle against the destruction of livestock and crops by lions, leopards, baboons and warthogs.
Leopards In The Night: Man-Eaters And Cattle Raiders In Nyasaland by Guy Muldoon (1955) are accounts of his dealings with man-eaters and cattle-raiding lions and leopards.
The Trumpeting Herd by Guy Muldoon (1957) is his account of his position as Agricultural Officer in Northern Nyasaland and with the help of tribesmen, his efforts to divert elephants from cultivated lands.
Brian Nicholson (1930 - 2009) was a professional hunter, elephant control officer and southern Tanzania game warden. He was one of the fathers of the Selous Game Reserve and one of the pioneers of using safari hunting to sustain a protected area and conserve its wildlife. Brian Nicholson visited the Selous again in 1979 together with the photographer Hugo van Lawick and the author Peter Matthiessen, who wrote the book 'Sand Rivers' about their foot safari. He also contributed a chapter in 'The Wild Heart Of Africa' by Rolf D Baldus.
The Last Of Old Africa: Big-Game Hunting In East Africa by Brian Nicholson (2001). The author was instrumental in the formation of the Selous Reserve, Africa's biggest wildlife area, which he patrolled entirely on foot for months at a time and eventually helped open to hunting in 1965.
From The Roof Of Africa by Clive Nicol (1972) is a fascinating account of the author's two-year term as Game Warden in the Simien Mountains of the central Ethiopian Massif. He had to set up a National Park there to protect the walia ibex in that region.
John Osborne (d.2009) worked for the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management in the former Rhodesia, stationed in Gona-re-Zhou.
A Guiding Son by John Osborne (2004). African hunting stories don't come much better than some of those recounted in this book. Some of them will bring tears of laughter to your eye, some goose pimples to your skin and a chill to your spine.
A Ranging Son by John Osborne (2005) features his efforts in the Gona-re-Zhou and his battle with poachers. Assisted by the elephants, he was instrumental in creating Rhodesia's second biggestgame reserve, the Gona-re-Zhou (Place of the Elephants).
In The Shadow Of A Baobab by John Osborne (2007)is about the many strange and wonderful people who are remembered and not forgotten that John Osborne has encountered in his life. "These people stand out as the mighty Baobab does against the African sky."
African Son Dial by John Osborne (2009). These memories are seen through the eyes of a boy and his siblings running free in the sprawling suburbs of post-war Salisbury, then as an adolescent at a leading boy's school and later as a young man in the British Africa Police.
Ian Parker is a former Kenya game warden, hunter and farmer and now heads a wildlife consultancy service.
Ivory Crisis by Ian Parker (1983) is written with Mohamed Amin. Parker is the foremost authority on the world's ivory trade and a leading expert on the management of elephants. He draws on twenty five years of field experience in Africa to illustrate the key issues behind conservation today.
African Wildlife Safaris by Ian Parker (1989)
An Impossible Dream: Some Of Kenya's Last Colonial Game Wardens Recall by Ian Parker (2001). Edited with Stan Bleazard. Tragedy, farce and hardship are mixed in equal measure with real concern for the animals, from early experiments in darting and relocating animals, to combating ivory poachers.
What I Tell You Three Times Is True: Conservation, Ivory, History And Politics by Ian Parker (2004) is part historical, part investigative and largely autobiographical. The author examines the perennial preoccupation of man with elephants and his pursuit of their ivory. The book exposes the web of deceit and corruption surrounding elephants and ivory, involving not only governments but also conservation bodies themselves.
Arthur Blayney Percival (1874 - 1940) was appointed Ranger for Game Preservation in Kenya and was largely instrumental in the creation of two big game reserves and the proper control and preservation of game. It was as a result of his own intimate knowledge and experience that the first properly codified game laws the East African Game Ordinance of 1906 - were drafted and passed into law. He was the brother of professional 'white' hunter Philip Percival.
A Game Ranger's Note Book by Arthur Blayney Percival (1924). Percival was a member of the Kenya Game Department for 23 years. In 1924 he claimed that he could smell giraffes at 300 yards.
A Game Ranger On Safari by Arthur Blayney Percival (1928) as Kenya Colony's first chief game warden, gives fascinating details of early safari and animal life in Kenya in the 1920's. Blayney Percival was also a friend of Karen Blixen.
Charles Robert Senhouse Pitman DSO, MC (1890 - 1975), was a noted herpetologist, conservationist and Game Warden of the Uganda Protectorate from 1925 to 1951.
A Game Warden Takes Stock by C R S Pitman (1942) is a book about the status of game in East Africa - from the largest to the least spectacular. Full of personal observations, an absolutely outstanding book by a sportsman-naturalist with a thorough knowledge of the wild animals of Uganda.
Common Antelopes by C R S Pitman (1956)
The Gorillas Of The Kayonsa Region, Western Kigezi, S. W. Uganda by C R S Pitman (1936) are the proceedings of the general meetings for scientific business of the Zoological Society of London.
A Game Warden Among His Charges by C R S Pitman (1943). Pitman was Game Warden in the Uganda Protectorate in the late 1920s and collector of specimens for the British Museum of Natural History. Parts of his book deals with Western Kenya.
A Guide To The Snakes Of Uganda by C R S Pitman (1938) is hailed as the best Afican book on snakes ever produced.
The Silent Heroes Of The African Bush by Jan Roderigues (2003) is 'a collection of true, hair-raising stories, the rangers would rather forget...' It portrays the world of the game rangers and scientists in the South African national parks and their close and life-threatening encounters with animals.
George Gilman Rushby (1900 - 1968) was an English elephant hunter, poacher, prospector, farmer, forestry officer and deputy game warden of Tanganyika. He is also known as the man who faced and defeated 22 man-eating lions of the Njombe district of Tanganyika (described in the Guinness Book of Records as the 'worst marauding lions in the history of Africa').
No More The Tusker by George G Rushby (1965) writes of the behaviour of elephants, elephant hunters of the past and training and choice of weapons to use on safari.
The Hunter Is Death by T V Bulpin (1968) is aptly dedicated to that special band of adventurers known as professional ivory hunters, the author talks about men like George Rushby, Jim Sutherland and more men who went to Africa in search of adventure and found more than the dose they sought.
Maneaters by Peter Hathaway Capstick (1989) where George Rushby features heavily in the man-eating lion chapter.
West Of The Moon by Ron Selley (2009) is in two distinct parts: Part 1 chronicles the author's earlier years - an idyllic childhood spent roaming and hunting among the empty, rolling hills of northern Zululand. Part 2 recounts the author's move to Rhodesia where he becomes a game ranger, dealing with 'problem animals' in the farming area and the escalating terrorist war in the Gonarezhou National Park.
Paul Smiles was a Game Ranger in Uganda and Bechuanaland, now Botswana.
Land Of The Black Buffalo by Paul Smiles (1961) is a fascinating and gripping autobiography, packed with stories of bushmen and buffaloes, lion and elephants.
A Game Ranger's Notebook by Paul Smiles (1961)
A Leopard Came By Night: Alone In A Tiny Room With A Powerful Vicious Killer by Paul Smiles (1956) is an extract from the Wide World Magazine.
Blind Safari by H J Southam (1961) is the autobiography of a game warden in Uganda. First visiting Uganda as a railway engineer, the author joins the National Parks department. Southam having lost one eye serving in the RAF and eventually lost the other after being ambushed by ivory poachers.
Nick Steele was a pioneer game ranger in the northern Natal province (Zululand) game reserves in the late 1950s. He was involved in the project to translocate excess white and black rhinos from the Umfolozi and Hluhluwe reserves to the rest of the world .
Bushlife Of A Game Warden by Nick Steele (1979) is an eventful, dramatic and exciting account of the game guards and rangers working in the game reserves of Zululand.
Game Ranger On Horseback by Nick Steele (1968) is about the game reserves in Zululand, the game animals, the men who guard them, the poachers who raid them and all the dramas and varied excitement of a game ranger's life.
The Leopard by Peter Turnbull-Kemp (1967). The author, a game ranger, made a particular study of the leopard during his years in the field in Nigeria, the Sudan and South Africa. This book looks at the leopard from ancient times, the superstitions, witchcraft and mythology associated with this predator - how and where it lives, mates, rears its young and hunts.
My Serengeti Years: The Memoirs Of An African Game Warden by Myles Turner. Born in London in 1921, Myles Turner was deputy chief game warden in the Serengeti from 1956 to 1972. This memoir contains much detail on the early Serengeti hunting safaris, including that of R J Cuninghame and Stewart White.
Always Lightly Tread by E Cronje Wilmot (c.1950). Illustrated and edited by C T Astley Maberley. Accounts of hunting lion, buffalo, antelope, crocodile and hippo for trophies, the pot and tsetse fly control. Fishing too! There is a vivid account of the author being mauled by a lion.
Okavango Adventure: Memoirs Of A Game Ranger by E Cronje Wilmot (1970) is the autobiography of a man who spent a lifetime in the wilds of Botswana.
Memories Of A Game Ranger by Harry C Wolhuter (1948) is the autobiography of the first game ranger of Kruger National Park in South Africa who served from 1902 to 1946 and earned renown for his August 1903 killing of a lion by knife.
Richard Bowen Woosnam (1880 - 1915) was a British soldier, traveller and naturalist who became a Game Warden in the East Africa Protectorate, replacing J H Patterson in 1909 after his 'incident'. Prior to this Woosnam made several scientific expeditions seeking new animal species and had a species of mouse and rat named after him. He was killed in action at Gallipoli during WWI.
Ruwenzori And It's Life Zones by Captain R B Woosnam (1907) about his 1905 British Museum expedition to the Ruwenzori Mountains in western Uganda.