Book title: A game ranger remembers
Author: Bruce Bryden
Publisher: Jonathan Ball
Cape Town, South Africa 2005
Softcover, 13x19 cm, 408 pages, several b/w photos
This is a collection of stories about the life of a bushveld conservationist as it is lived at ground level by that elite band of men and women who guard the Kruger National Park – at the cost of much sweat and, not infrequently, quite a bit of blood.
Bruce Bryden's tales of 30 years in the service of our most famous park make a gripping and entertaining read, abounding with encounters with elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino, whether darting for research, managing culling operations by helicopter or stalking on foot.
In the best tradition of bushveld stories, there is a great deal of shooting, and a fair amount of running away; there are meetings with extraordinary characters among the rangers; memorable gatherings; hilarious mishaps and narrow escapes; and throughout, a great love and respect for both the wilderness and the creatures that inhabit it.