1 crease down spine; crease along top front edge. 368pp incl Glossary, Bibliography; 24 pp b&w photog plates (no list). 2 b&w maps.

There are only two great certainties in a game rangers career. The first is that you will never be well off. The second, and best by far is that you will do things most other people only get to dream about.

This is a collection of stories about the life of a bushveld conservationist as it is lived at the ground level by that elite band of men and women who guard the Kruger National Park, at the cost of much sweat and and not infrequently, quite a bit of blood. Bruce Brydens’s tales of 27 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 walking 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.

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Authored by Bruce Bryden and published by Jonathan Ball Publishers of Johannesburg in 2009. Soft cover bound this 2nd Edition, 2nd Impression reprint is in Very Good condition, covered in plastic and without a dust jacket. The size of the book is 197x126x24mm. ISBN 9781868423156,