Edges yellow, pages started to yellow. 401pp incl Bibliography; 16pp col photog plates; line dwgs.

What started as a vision for the Olifants River Game Reserve has become the story of a game ranger’s life. With a naturalist’s eye for detail as well as the bigger picture of managing a fragile ecosystem through years of drought and plenty, Mario Cesare brings a storyteller’s delight and a dash of Italian passion to sharing his world.

Life and death encounters with lion, elephant and buffalo are balanced by rescues and intervention 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 and he delights in sharing his good fortune. His latest task: to develop and nurture the Olifants River Game Reserve as the fences of the Greater Kruger National Park area fall, undoing generations of damage. Man-Eaters, Mambas and Marula Madness. A Game Rangers Life in the Lowveld provides a wealth of lessons on conservation as well as stories of life in the bush as it is enjoyed only by those fortunate enough to live on a Big Five reserve.

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Authored by Mario Cesare and published by Jonathan Ball of Johannesburg in 2009. Soft cover bound this First Edition copy is in Fine condition, covered in plastic and without a dust jacket. The size of the book is 198x129x30mm. ISBN 978-1-86842-461-0.