Ron Thomson is a former game warden and retired national parks board director. He has had over 46 years experience in southern African wildlife management affairs including 28 years of full-time service in various national park departments and 3 years working as a professional hunter. He now writes books "to create a better informed public" - better informed, that is, about the realities of wildlife management.
African hunters and anyone else who is genuinely interested in conservation and sustainable utilisation of Africa's wild areas and wildlife must read 'Managing Our Wildlife Heritage'.
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Managing Our Wildlife Heritage by Ron Thomson (2006). "I found myself engrossed in a work of great substance and importance. Don't let the small size of this book fool you; it is one of the best and most lucid guides to conservation and wildlife management in Africa that I have ever read. It carries a profound message for all Africans. Our critically important societal conservation priorities are: number one - the soil; number two - the plants; and number three - the animals. Don't get distracted by emotional debates about the animals - without the soil they are doomed anyway!" Dr John Ledger
A Game Warden's Report by Ron Thomson (2003). "There isn't anybody who loves wildlife and/or who works with wildlife, in Africa, therefore, who can afford not to have this book on their bookshelves" MC de Jager, South Africa
The Adventures Of Shadrek: Southern Africa's Most Infamous Elephant Poacher by Ron Thomson (2001) is the story of a man called Shadrek, whose elephant poaching exploits in Gonarezhou National Park are legend. Ron Thomson was the game warden in charge of the Gonarezhou Park and pursued the fascinating character called Shadrek.
Mahohboh: Elephants And Elephant Hunting In South Central Africa by Ron Thomson (1997).
The Wildlife Game by Ron Thomson (1992) is a most impressive work on conservation worldwide. Over 300 pages. It tackles head-on animal welfare and animal "rights" issues, and treats hunting in a constructive and practical way.
On Wildlife "Conservation" by Ron Thomson (1986) is on the principles and practicalities of wildlife management.
God Created Man The Hunter by Ron Thomson (2010) covers his life from 1955 to 1961. It describes the author's introduction to big game hunting and his leopard control work in the Matopos National Park and his elephant hunting training out of Main Camp, Hwange National Park. By 1961 he had successfully hunted 20 leopards, 18 elephants, 3 buffalo, a hippo and a lion. The book is filled with some amazing and powerful big game hunting stories. This is the first book in the 'Big Game Hunting' memoir series. Kindle Version UK Kindle Version USA
Stand Your Ground by Ron Thomson (2011) covers his life from 1961 to 1964 and describes the author's game ranging and big game hunting adventures in and around Hwange National Park. This is the second book in the 'Big Game Hunting' memoir series. Kindle Version UK Kindle Version USA
In The Shadow Of Nyaminyami by Ron Thomson (2012) covers his life from 1964 to 1968 and is the third book in the 'Big Game Hunting' memoir series.
Black Rhino by Ron Thomson (2013) describes his experiences darting and capturing black rhino with Rupert Fothergill in Operation Noah. This is the fourth book in the 'Big Game Hunting' memoir series.
The Sky Came Tumbling Down by Ron Thomson (2014) covers the last 15 years (1968 to 1983) of the author's service in the Rhodesian (and later Zimbabwean) Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management. It saw him rise from the rank of senior game ranger (Binga) to the post of game warden-in-charge of the Gonarezhou National Park in 1968. This is the fifth book in the 'Big Game Hunting' memoir series.
Game Rangers At War by Ron Thomson (2014). In this book, Ron Thomson explains how Rhodesia's most experienced game rangers and their personal trackers used their hunting skills to track down and engage Zimbabwe's nationalist guerrillas during the Rhodesian Bush War. This is the sixth and final book in the 'Big Game Hunting' memoir series.
The Spirit Of Nehanda: A Rhodesian Game Ranger's War Story by Ron Thomson (2013) is the author's first novel - a 'faction' book (fiction based on fact). It tells the story of a Rhodesian game warden who voluntarily offered his big game hunting and tracking skills to the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War. It is a human story which, because it is fictional, allowed the author to present the case for both sides of the conflict. Kindle Version UK Kindle Version USA
'A Hunter's Tales - A Hunter's Trails' by Ron Thomson (2014) is a series of 8 books written especially for Kindle. They are drawn from Ron Thomson's 24 years of service as a game ranger/game warden in the Rhodesian Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management - and before. They come from the period 1955 to 1980, the final 25 years of the colonial era in Africa.
Rhodesia, the last of the European possessions in Africa to be de-colonised disappeared into the mists of time when the British colony of Southern Rhodesia became Zimbabwe in 1980.
There are many epic tales in this series. They are likely to be the last of the truly free-range/fair-chase big game hunting stories to come out of Africa's colonial past. Many are hunting adventure gems - epic stories - the likes of which, and the circumstances of which, can never be repeated.
Elephant Hunting: Facts & Fables by Ron Thomson (2015). To hunt an elephant...Or NOT to hunt an elephant? That is the question! But what is the answer? This book will explain the answer.