Game Ranging - A Life Worth Living
Gordon Bailey had no idea what he was getting himself in to when he signed up as a learner game ranger in Zululand in 1962. To his surprise he found himself sitting on a horse for the first time and learning to speak Zulu. He mastered the new language quite fast, but the horse-back patrols proved somewhat trickier – especially when fleeing at top speed from badtempered rhinos and hungry lions. He dodged the big cats, but two of his horses were not so lucky. One was killed by a crocodile and another gored fatally by a rhino. There was much hard slog involved; digging holes for new fences in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, building a home for his new bride at a remote wilderness outpost, or trying to capture some very uncooperative wild animals from the “suicide seat” of a speeding Land Rover. The Baileys opened their home to some unusual pets, including a water-loving hyena called Soelie who often rode shotgun on Bailey’s vehicle or trotted behind his horse during bush patrols. Packed with lively anecdotes and adventures from a bygone era, this is a remarkable chronicle about a breed of rangers struggling to protect the remaining wild corners of our land.
Author: Gordon Bailey Publisher: Self-published. Order from firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviewer: Tony Carnie Price: R200 ISBN: 978 0 62045 274 8 Giveaway Code: GAME