Game Rang­ing - A Life Worth Liv­ing

South African Country Life - - Competition -

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 gor­do­nand­molly­bai­ley@gmail.com

Re­viewer: Tony Carnie Price: R200 ISBN: 978 0 62045 274 8 Give­away Code: GAME

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