The Shamba Raiders – Bruce Kinloch

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The author recounts his experiences as Chief Game Warden in three African counties and describes his work dealing with poachers, government bureaucrats, and rogue elephants. This outstanding book on African wildlife will appeal to all lovers of the wild; written by a man of unique experience it merits a permanent place on the bookshelves of all collectors of Africana

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Bruce Kinloch




Collins and Harvill

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The book shows wear and tear especially on the dust jacket. All the text pages, illustrations and maps are present. The price has been clipped from the corner of the dust jacket. Closed tear on top back of dust jacket, 2cm. Foxing on edges only. Internally clean and the bound is not loose. The spine no longer remains at right angles to the covers



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“The Shamba Raiders: Memories of a Game Warden” was written by Bruce Kinloch. It is a non-fiction account of his experiences in Africa and was first published in 1972. It proved so successful that a revised edition came out in 1988, and then again in 2004.
The title refers to the marauding elephants destroying peasant crops, driven by heavy poaching pressure in wilderness areas, which formed the most urgent task for Kinloch.
That his book is still in demand is a source of pride to him and his wife, Elizabeth, who accompanied him frequently and typed up the notes of his original book. “It is a book that never dies, its contents are as relevant now as ever,” she said.
The Shamba Raiders is an account of the struggle to preserve herds of game threatened by modern civilisation, poaching, war and the political and economic changes which have swept Africa in the middle of the last century. As the Chief Game Warden in Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi, Kinloch walked the tight rope of retaining Africa’s wildlife heritage while safeguarding crops and livelihood of the population, featuring ivory poachers and middlemen as well as uncaring and bigoted officials.
In particular, the book describes Kinloch’s management of the Uganda Game and Fisheries Department during the introduction of the Protectorate’s first National Parks, the introduction of Nile Perch to the upper Victoria Nile, and the creation of the College of African Wildlife Management


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