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African Game Warden Books

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.

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George Adamson

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

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

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.

Movies About George Adamson's Life & Lions

Count Gregers Ahlefeldt-Bille

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.

Count Gregers Ahlefeldt-Bille
Count Gregers Ahlefeldt-Bille on the cover of Impala magazine
Tandalla: A Danish Game Warden's Study Of Native And Wild Life In Kenya And Tanganyika by Count Gregers Ahlefeldt-Bille (1948). This book describes the 1947 Danish East African Scientific Expedition to collect animals for the Zoological Museum of the University of Copenhagen and the National Museum of Denmark. The word 'tandalla is the native name of the greater kudu. He was the hunting client and friend of Syd Downey .

Stan Bleazard

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.

John Blower

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

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

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

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.

Commander David Enderby Blunt

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.

Captain H C Brocklehurst

Henry Courtney Brocklehurst (1888 - 1942) was the Game Warden of Sudan in the early 1930s.

Henry Courtney Brocklehurst
Henry Courtney Brocklehurst

Game Animals Of The Sudan - Their Habitats & Distribution

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.

Mike Bromwich

Mike Bromwich was a National Parks game ranger and later, game warden in Zimbabwe. Early on he worked at Robins Camp, Chizarira and then Mabalauta.

Following Independence, he was transferred to Matetsi and then to Main Camp, Hwange. After 17 years service, he retired from the Department of Parks that had been a way of life and his home, to immigrate to South Africa in 1983.

National Parks And Wildlife Management

National Parks And Wildlife Management: Rhodesia And Zimbabwe 1928 - 1990 By Mike Bromwich (2016) relates the untold story of the Department of National Parks and Wild Life Management in Rhodesia and early Zimbabwe. A unique historic, factual and anecdotal account, it tells of the country's founding fathers and their foresight regarding wild life conservation through into the 1960s,'70s and '80s.

Bruce Bryden

A Game Ranger Remembers

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

Mario Cesare

Man-Eaters, Mambas And Marula Madness

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

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

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 brothers Alan and Ian Henderson, 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

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 Cowie

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

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

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

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.

Where No Vultures Fly is a 1951 DVD movie loosely based on Mervyn Cowie's life.

Peter W Hay

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

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

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

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.

Ian Meredith Hughes

Black Moon, Jade Sea

Black Moon, Jade Sea by Ian Meredith Hughes (1988). During the 1970's in Kenya, the poaching of game particularly the elephant and rhino, reached unprecedented levels. The author headed the anti-poaching unit created to stop the slaughter and in this remarkable book he tells his story. A graphic portrayal of one of the major ecological disasters.

C J P Ionides

Constantine John Philip 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 with Ken McDougall, then joined the game department in Tanganyika in 1933 and was sent to Kilwa, a small coastal port south of Dar es Salaam. He continued his avid hunting, collecting rare species from as far away as Sudan and Abyssinia.

A Hunter's Story

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 was known as the 'Father of the Selous' by none other than Brian Nicholson, 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 biography of C J P Ionides 'Snake Man' by Alan Wykes.

Bruce Kinloch

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.

Bruce Kinloch
Bruce Kinloch
The Shamba Raiders: Memories Of A Game Warden

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

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

Game Wardens In Africa by Bruce Kinloch (1981)

Tales From A Crowded Life

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.

Hannes Kloppers


Game-Ranger by Hannes Kloppers (1972) is the biography of Harry Kirkman, longtime ranger in the Kruger National Park and a colleague of Harry Wolhuter.

Anthony S Marsh

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

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.

Barbara Matthews

Stephen Harold Trollope (1882 - 1949) was a South African big game hunter and conservationist who was involved in the development of both the Kruger National Park and the Addo Elephant Park.

He was appointed as a Kruger Park ranger by James Stevenson-Hamilton (from 'South African Eden') and one of his earliest tasks was alleviating the adjacent neighbours from their exploding populations of lions and leopards. His lion hunting and shooting prowess, cleared about 400 lions out of the area in 3 years. His private collection of trophies can be seen in the Harold Trollope Museum which is situated on the Woodbury property of Amakhala Game Reserve.There is also a commemorative plaque and cottage built in honour of Harold Trollope by his family at Malelane in KNP.
Man Magnum article about Harold Trollope's lion-hunting dogs

Harold Trollope
Harold Trollope

Harold Trollope: The Man They Called Vukani

Harold Trollope: The Man They Called 'Vukani' by Barbara Matthews (2005) is the life story of Harold Trollope, a big game hunter and one of the original owners of Camelthorn reserve, near the Kruger National Park. In 1931 the Addo Elephant National Park was proclaimed when there were only 11 Addo elephants left in the area. Harold Trollope was the first ranger at Addo and he chased the elephants into the Park area using shotguns, firecrackers and fires. His African 'given name' Vukani, in the book title, means 'wake up' or 'awake'.

Keith Meadows

Between The Sunlight And The Thunder

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

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

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.

Peter Molloy

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 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

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

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

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.

C C J Napier

Killers And Big Game

Killers And Big Game by C C J Napier (1966). The author was a game ranger for nearly 50 years in South Africa. The book is divided into 18 short tales about different African animal species.

Brian Nicholson

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. Nicholson was hired and trained by the legendary game warden and herpetologist, C J P Ionides.

in 1965, Nicholson changed most of the vast Controlled Hunting Areas (CHAs) into hunting concessions that could be leased by outfitters from the government for two or more years at a time. Nicholson also demarcated the Selous Game Reserve's 20000 square miles of uninhabited country into 47 separate concessions. Concessions were given a limited quota of each game species and outfitters were expected to utilize quotas as fully as possible, but not exceed them.

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.

Brian Nicholson
Brian Nicholson

Brian Nicholson
Brian Nicholson

The Last Of Old Africa: Big-Game Hunting In East Africa

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.

Clive Nicol

Clive William Nicol, MBE (b.1940) is a writer, singer/song writer, actor and a long-time resident and citizen of Japan. Due to his early interest in wildlife and the environment, in 1967 he spent two years as a game warden in Ethiopia, setting up the new Semien Mountains National Park for the Ethiopian Government.

From The Roof Of Africa

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.

Bryan Orford

Kamchacha: Rhodesian Game Ranger

Kamchacha: Rhodesian Game Ranger by Bryan Orford (2008) is an anecdotal biography of Thomas Patrick Orford, a Rhodesian game ranger, hunter and conservationist, who was involved with Operation Noah. Anecdotes about Tom Orford also appear in Kevin Thomas's books.

John Osborne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Captain C R S Pitman

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

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

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

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

A Guide To The Snakes Of Uganda by C R S Pitman (1938) is hailed as the best Afican book on snakes ever produced.

Ian Player

Ian Cedric Audley Player (1927 - 2014) was a highly respected South African conservationist who started with the Natal Parks Board in 1952 and became warden of the Umfolozi Game Reserve. Among his many notable conservation efforts, he was responsible for 'Operation Rhino' which saved the few remaining southern race of white rhino and achieving protected status for the Umfolozi and St. Lucia Wilderness Areas - the first wilderness areas to be zoned in South Africa and on the African continent.

Operation Rhino

The White Rhino Saga

The White Rhino Saga by Ian Player (1972). In 1953 the author counted 437 white rhinos in the Umfolozi reserve, South Africa. The population was too dense and was under attack by poachers. The problem was to move some of these dangerous animals to other parts of Africa where they used to be or to zoos throughout the world in order to save them from extinction. At the same time, the local tribesmen had to be educated and convinced that poaching was not an option. An exciting true account.

Zululand Wilderness: Shadow And Soul

Zululand Wilderness: Shadow And Soul by Ian Player (1997) tells of the deep friendship between Ian Player and Maqubu Ntombela, who both worked in the Umfolozi game reserve. It follows the two men of entirely different cultures and backgrounds learning from each other, battling against poachers and initiating the capture and translocation of the white rhino. It reveals the interdependence of man, the landscape and the wildlife, and suggests that the healing powers of the wilderness have the power to transform a nation.

Men, Rivers And Canoes

Men, Rivers And Canoes by Ian Player (1964) is a book about the Dusi Canoe Marathon which is held over three days between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, South Africa. It was originally organised by Ian Player in 1951.

Big Game

Big Game by Ian Player (1972) were a series of booklets recording the decimation of southern Africa's wildlife and subsequent efforts at its conservation.

Man And The Wilderness

Man And The Wilderness by Ian Player (1986)

Tony Pooley

Tony Charles 'Mashesha' Pooley (1938 - 2004) was a South African naturalist and one of the world's foremost authorities on the Nile crocodile. 'Mashesha' translates from Zulu as 'he who hurries and takes' - a reference to Pooley's work in pursuing poachers.

Mashesha: Making Of A Game Ranger

Mashesha: Making Of A Game Ranger By Tony Pooley (1992). Tales of the author's apprenticeship and work as a game warden in the game parks of Maputaland, Natal.

Discoveries Of A Crocodile Man

Discoveries Of A Crocodile Man by Tony Pooley (1983). The natural history of the Nile crocodile as told by a man who observed and worked with them for 20 years and enlivened by his personal experiences and anecdotes.

George G Rushby

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

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.

Books Featuring George G Rushby

T V Bulpin

The Hunter Is Death

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.

Peter Hathaway Capstick


Maneaters by Peter Hathaway Capstick (1989) where George Rushby features heavily in the man-eating lion chapter.

Ron Selley

West Of The Moon

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.

Noel Simon

Noel Simon (1921 - 2008) was a British author and wildlife conservationist. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot for the naval air force. In 1947 he moved to Kenya, married and started farming there. Noel Simon joined the forces against the Mau Mau insurgents and operated in the Aberdares on foot and from the air. He later served as Deputy Director of the Royal National Parks in Kenya, under the first director Colonel Mervyn Cowie. He was largely responsible for persuading the colonial government to recognize the seriousness of the poaching threat in the nation's most important national park, Tsavo National Park and to provide the necessary means to counteract it. Working closely with David Sheldrick, the founding game warden of Tsavo East National Park, Simon instigated a highly effective anti-poaching campaign in the 1950s.

After a dispute with Colonel Cowie, he left the National Park Service and worked from 1962 to 1969 at the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in Switzerland where he contributed to the IUCN Red Data Books.

Noel Simon
Noel Simon

Between The Sunlight And The Thunder

Between The Sunlight And The Thunder: The Wildlife Of Kenya by Noel Simon (1962) is an account of the reasons for the decline of wildlife populations in Kenya, giving an indication of what remains of Kenya's once prolific fauna, as well as suggesting possible means by which the remnants of the great herds can be retained.

Paul Smiles

Paul Smiles was a Game Ranger in Uganda and Bechuanaland, now Botswana.

Land Of The Black Buffalo

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

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.

H J Southam

Blind Safari

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

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

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.

E A Temple-Perkins

Eric Arnold Temple-Perkins(1890 - 1972) was born in New Zealand. After serving in World War I he joined the Colonial Service, with District Commissioner postings in Karamoja, Ankole and Masaka. He later became Provincial Commissioner of Buganda, Toro and of the Eastern Province of Uganda. During World War II he was made Director of Security and Intelligence in Uganda. In 1944 he became Resident of Buganda until his retirement in 1945.

Temple-Perkins chose to remain in Uganda after he retired and lived on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. He had always been interested in wildlife and a keen big game hunter. In 1952 he was made an Honorary Warden of Uganda's National Parks.

Kingdom Of The Elephant

Kingdom Of The Elephant by E A Temple-Perkins (1955) is about big game hunting, especially trophy elephants in Uganda and Tanganyika by one of the famous and respected game wardens and a great elephant hunter. Temple-Perkins was a crack shot and his many accounts includes a safari with Jim Corbett.

Nick Tredger

From Rhodesia To Mugabe's Zimbabwe

From Rhodesia To Mugabe's Zimbabwe by Nick Tredger (2009). After national service in the Rhodesian Army, the author joined the Dept of National Parks and Wildlife in 1978 as a cadet-ranger. His first station was the remote Chizarira National Park where he and a few other young rangers fought for their country and for the preservation of the wilderness around them. Subsequently, he worked in Wankie (Hwange) and in the Zambezi Valley, after Zimbabwean independence. He finally became a Game Warden of Mana Pools National Park at the age of 24. In the uncertainty of post-election Zimbabwe, he suffered the loss of his best friend, who was murdered by Mugabe's foot soldiers. In 1984 he decided he’d had enough and resigned from the Department and moved to South Africa.

Peter Turnbull-Kemp

The Leopard

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.

Myles Turner

My Serengeti Years: The Memoirs Of An African Game Warden

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.

E Cronje Wilmot

Always Lightly Tread

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

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.

Harry C Wolhuter

Memories Of A Game Ranger

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.

R B Woosnam

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.

Allan Wright

Though strictly not a Game Warden, Allan Wright served as the District Commissioner for Nuanetsi district from 1958. As a keen conservationist, he oversaw the proclamation of the Gonarezhou National Park in 1975, assuming 'the mantle of unofficial game warden'. However his passion for wildlife conservation/preservation conflicted with his DC duties of improving the lives of local Africans...

Grey Ghosts At Buffalo Bend

Grey Ghosts At Buffalo Bend by Allan Wright (1976) is a series of short stories and anecdotes about the wildlife of the southern Rhodesian Lowveld. The Gonarezhou warden's home was located at Buffalo Bend on the Nuanetsi River. Wright writes with passion about his charges, both big and small.

Valley Of The Ironwoods

Valley Of The Ironwoods by Allan Wright (1972) is a personal record of his 10 years as District Commissioner of Nuanetsi, in the south-eastern Lowveld of Rhodesia.

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