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The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon
The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon
by Jim Corbett
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE TEMPLE TIGER and More Man-eaters of Kumaon, 26 Nov 2014
This book was first published in 1954 (1991), has 197 pages, 6 chapters, 10 B/W photos and no maps.
While visiting DABIDHURA and its rest house on 'God's Mountain', Jim (EDWARD JAMES CORBETT 25.7.1875 to 19.4.1955) was asking about the leopard who tried to drag a herdsman away. However, the priest told Jim, if he wanted to kill anything, he should try the 'Temple Tiger'. Jim was carrying his brand new rifle. When the tiger killed 2 cows, Jim followed it. He shoots the tiger twice but misses. Next time, while Jim was in a tree, the tiger was watching him. As the tiger kills his 5th cow, Jim sits in the tree near the carcass. The tiger came and watched Jim again, pawed the tree in which Jim was sitting and purred at him. Then the tiger vanished. He was a large male tiger.
In 1910, at MUKTESAR, a tigress could not eat after she got stuck with quills from a porcupine. She killed 3 people and became a man-eater. After she killed 24 humans, the Government asked Jim for help. When Jim eventually shoots her, he finds that she was blind in one eye and had 50 quills in her right forearm. In 1907, the PANAR man-eater leopard had killed nearly 400 humans. In 1910, Jim was asked for help. After tying a goat, Jim sat in a tree and shot the leopard, giving Jim an attack of fever.
In 1936, a man-eating tiger at CHUKA tried to take a man driving his 2 bullocks. In June 1937, the tiger killed 2 boys and 2 cows. Then another boy is taken by the tiger. From the pug marks (foot prints), Jim could tell that it was a big male tiger. Jim takes a shot at him, but misses. The tiger had killed buffalo and carried them away (see page 150 in 'Tiger Fire' by Valmik Thapar). When eventually Jim shot him twice, the tiger was in a good condition, 9' 6" and his right canine of the lower jaw was missing.
Over 8 years, the TALLA DES man-eater tiger had killed 150 people. In April 1929, Jim is asked to deal with this man-eater. He was told that an old woman had been killed by the tiger in March. Jim comes across 2 tigers asleep in a field and he shoots them. Suddenly, a 3rd tiger runs and Jim shoots it too, but only wounded it and it limped into the bushes. The 2 tigers shot were grown up cubs and it was their mother, probably the man-eater, which had limped away. Jim tries to find her and get in touch with her. So he follows her. 5 days later, Jim had shot her again, but she rushed away. Following her again, he shot her twice, when she tried to charge him. She had many porcupine quills in her making her a man-eater.
Jim's experience and observations make this book an enjoyable book to read to the end.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) Man-eaters of Kumaon, Jim Corbett, 1944 (1989)
(2) The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag, Jim Corbett, 1951 (1989)
(3) My India, Jim Corbett, 1952 (1989)
(4) Jungle Lore, Jim Corbett, 1953 (2000)
(5) Tree Tops, Jim Corbett, 1955 (1992)
(6) Jim Corbett's India, Hawkins, 1978
(7) Jim Corbett of Kumaon, DC Kala, 1979 (1999) 2009 (2014)
(8) Carpet Sahib, Martin Booth, 1986
(9) Under the Shadow of Man-eaters, Jerry Jaleel, 1997
(10)My Kumaon, Jim Corbett, 2012
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.


Service and Sport on the Tropical Nile. Some Records of the Duties and Diversions of an Officer Among Natives and Big Game During the Re-Occupation of the Nilotic Province
Service and Sport on the Tropical Nile. Some Records of the Duties and Diversions of an Officer Among Natives and Big Game During the Re-Occupation of the Nilotic Province
by Captain C A Sykes
Edition: Hardcover

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4.0 out of 5 stars SERVICE AND SPORT ON THE TROPICAL NILE, 24 Nov 2014
This book was first published in 1903 (2013), has 298 pages, 18 chapters, 17 B/W photos and 1 map. The book is dedicated to author's mother. In 1877, Captain CLEMENT A SYKES was asked by foreign office to go to Uganda for 2 years, to put down the mutiny by the Sudanese troops. He travels to Zanzibar, MOMBASA and then on Uganda Railways for 100 miles. After that, they had to march internally in a terrific heat. From KIBWEZI, they could see Mt Kilimanjaro towards the south. The wildlife around the road was in their thousands. After passing the MAU escarpment (8,000ft), they descended to Mumias (4,000ft) and Lake Victoria. They sailed to Entebbe and then moved onto Kampala.
The loyal Indian and Sudanese soldiers were saving Uganda. The currency was in cowrie shells. The silver 1 Rupee and 1/2 Rupee coins came in later. King Mwanga was deposed and his mutineers arrested and tried. Many Africans were gobbled up by crocodiles and hurried out of Africa in this manner! Here Sykes starts to learn Arabic. He also suffered from what he called 'Malarial leg ulcers'. From Kampala, Sykes goes for a patrol towards the Ruwenzori area and then back to Kampala. From Entebbe, he takes an expedition down the Nile and takes 250 Sudanese soldiers. They pass the Murchinson's and Uhuru Falls. Sykes and his men get the fever.
Some of the officers suffered from 'Blackwater Fever', dysentery, malaria and dislocated shoulder, before arriving at WADELAI. The journey continued with a flotilla down the Nile, watching the beautiful white eared Kob. They approach the SUDD, which is mostly soft to tread and swampy with papyrus growing thickly upon it. Sykes had malarial fever nearly every day and worse at 'Mosquito Camp'. 2 Officers had died of Blackwater Fever. They meet many Chiefs and hunt antelope and kill poisonous snakes. After Sykes shoots an elephant, the Africans soon clean the carcass. Moving the loads, they come across 50 elephants. Sykes shoots and the elephants charge and he and his gun-bearers barely escape with their lives.
Sykes starts collecting butterflies and beetles. He kept monkey and antelope as pets. When a local Sudanese woman is killed, Sykes follows the mutineers with his Sudanese and Swahili troops. After clearing them, he and his men return. Just as Sykes is about to hear his home leave was due after 20 months in Uganda, his leave was cancelled and the foreign office asked him to stay for another 8 months. He hunts a female rhino, and after shooting her dead, her cub is eaten by the Africans. He flogged the Africans if they made themselves ill.
After Sykes replacement had come, he took leave with some tears in his eyes and a lump in his throat. Leaving Uganda, he came to the nearly completed Uganda Railways, but was glad to walk as the rails were very unstable. He arrived back in MOMBASA and then sailed home.
This is an interesting book of early Uganda Protectorate and the life at that time in East Africa. The artist who drew Mt Kilimanjaro and Murchinson's Falls, had obviously never been to Africa or misread the pictures which were brought back, as his drawings look nothing like the real scenes.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) British Mission to Uganda in 1893, Sir Portal, 1894 (1970) 2010
(2) Soldiering and Surveying in British East Africa, MacDonald, 1897 (1973)
(3) With MacDonald in Uganda, Austin, 1903 (1969)
(4) Early Days in East Africa, Sir Jackson, 1930 (1969)
(5) The Rise of Our East African Empire, 2 Volumes, Lord Lugard, 1893 (1968)
(6) Eight Years in Uganda and East Africa, Rev Tucker, 1908 (2011)
(7) British East Africa or IBEA, MacDermott, 1893 (2010)
(8) My Mission to Abyssinia, Gerald Portal, 1892 (1969) 2010
(9) John Ainsworth and Making of Kenya, Maxon, 1980
(10)New Light on Dark Africa, Karl Peters, 1891 (2010)
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.


Man-Eaters of Kumaon
Man-Eaters of Kumaon
by Jim Corbett
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars MAN-EATERS OF KUMAON, 18 Nov 2014
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This book was first published in 1944 (1989), has 233 pages, 9 chapters, 5 B/W photos and excellent endpaper map of Kumaon. The introduction is by MG Hallett and the foreword is by Lord Linlithgow. The book is dedicated to the soldiers of War who had lost their sight on duty. The book starts with explanation from Jim (EDWARD JAMES CORBETT 25.7.1875 to 19.4.1955) as to why the tiger or leopard becomes a man-eater.
The 1st man-eater was a tigress of CHAMPAWAT, who had already killed 200 humans in Nepal and 234 in North India. Jim was called and he went to kill his 1st man-eater, and was afraid and dreading to meet the tigress, who never killed twice in the same locality and never returned to her kill. She was also the first known man-eater in Kumaon. Jim manages to shoot her and found her teeth broken from a gunshot wound, preventing her from killing her natural prey and so becoming a man-eater.
Jim had his dog 'ROBIN' to hunt birds and later to track leopards and tigers. Between 1925 and 1930, 64 humans had been killed by man-eating tiger of CHOWGARTH. In April 1929, Jim was asked to help. The tigress had a full grown cub with her. When Jim manages to shoot one of them, it turns out to be the cub. TIGERS DON'T KILL WITH THEIR BLOWS ON THE NECKS OF THEIR VICTIMS, BUT WITH THEIR TEETH. Jim shot a leopard and 2 tigers, but they were not man-eaters. On 11.4.1930, Jim finally kills the tigress, whose claws were broken, one canine missing and front teeth worn down to the bone.
From 1920 to 1930, many hunters wanted to bag the Bachelor of POWALGARH, who had the largest tiger pug marks (foot prints). After Jim shot him, he measured 10' 7" long. Next, Jim is asked to deal with the MOHAN man-eater, after the tiger had taken a young girl. THE TIGER USUALLY CARRIES ITS KILL AND IF IT CANNOT CARRY, IT LEAVES IT (see page 150 for a photo in the book 'Tiger Fire' by Valmik Thapar). Jim stalks the tiger and shoots him twice while asleep. The Mohan tiger had porcupine quills in his left fore-arm and chest wall, making him a man-eater.
After killing the KANDA man-eater, Jim shoots the PIPAL PANI cattle killer, whom he had known for 15 years. In summer 1938, a 12 year old girl was killed at KOT KINDRI. The man-eater was thought to be a tigress with a young cub. Jim and Ibbotson stalk her. Everyone at the village of THAK had left. Jim decides that this would be his last hunt of any man-eater, so he is anxious to get in touch with her, before he left the area. The tigress kept following Jim. In order to get in touch with the tigress and meet her, Jim calls her. As she comes, Jim shot her twice and the recoil of the rifle threw him off the rock, but his men underneath, caught Jim. The tigress was in good condition but had 2 gunshot wounds, probably making her a man-eater.
This is a very interesting book which keeps you glued to the end. We went to NYERI, Kenya in August 2014, to see the last resting place of Jim, in the cemetery behind Baden Powell Museum.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag, Jim Corbett, 1949 (1989)
(2) My India, Jim Corbett, 1952 (1989)
(3) Jungle Lore, Jim Corbett, 1953 (2000)
(4) The Temple Tiger, Jim Corbett, 1954 (1991)
(5) Tree Tops, Jim Corbett, 1955 (1992)
(6) Jim Corbett's India, Hawkins, 1978
(7) Jim Corbett of Kumaon, DC Kala, 1979 (1999) 2009 (2014)
(8) Carpet Sahib, Martin Booth, 1986
(9) Under The Shadow of Man-eaters, Jerry Jaleel, 1997
(10)My Kumaon, Jim Corbett, 2012
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.


Endless Horizons
Endless Horizons
by Michael Prettejohn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars ENDLESS HORIZONS, 12 Nov 2014
This review is from: Endless Horizons (Paperback)
This book was first published in 2012, has 415 pages, 80 B/W photos, 30 chapters divided into 3 books, but no maps. The book is dedicated to author's grandson 'Howard Henley', who was killed at the age of 18 by a hippo. The foreword is by Tony Archer.
The book starts with Kenya Colony in the making and early European settlements. JOCK (black) HARRIS, Michael Prettejohn's step grandfather was born in Wales and came to Kenya in 1904. He used the money from ivory sale in Lado Enclave, to buy a farm at NJORO (Larmudias). By 1912, he had increased his holding to 11,800 acres. He signed up for 4th KAR in 1914 during the 1st World War. In 1920, while Jock was in prison at Fort Jesus, MOMBASA, Michael's father arrived at Kilindini Harbour, Mombasa. Joining up with Jock, Michael's father JOE Prettejohn, went to Loita Plains in the Maasailand. The 1st half of the book deals with Jock and Joe, enhanced by many B/W photos and some early Kenya history. Then the family moved to NARO MORU House farm.
Mike Prettejohn was born on 8.9.1932 at NAKURU hospital. In 1937, the family moved from Njoro to Naro Moru. His schooling was first at NANYUKI and then Pembroke House in GIL GIL. His secondary education was at Prince of Wales school, NAIROBI (1945). In 1948, he climbed Point Lenana of Mt Kenya up 16,400ft. After school, he went for safari to Northern Frontier District (NFD) and handed over 2 lion cubs to George/Joy Adamson in ISIOLO. For one year he studied agriculture at NAIVASHA and then he went to England to study. On 20.10.1952, Mau Mau emergency was declared. Mike and friends decided to come back to Kenya, but drive their dodge over 9,000 miles taking 6 months.
On return to Kenya, on 26.11.1955, Mike married Gillian Rutherfurd in Nakuru. Mike joined Eric Rundgren for some buffalo and elephant control work. In 1957, Mike and Gill bought Laburra farm at MWEIGA. He also took out hunting safaris. Soon they had 2 children - Jessica and Giles, who went to boarding school, NYERI and then to Pembroke House. The family decided to stay in Kenya and bought more neighbouring land. In 1963, Mike's parents and brothers moved to South Africa. After selling their land in the north of Kenya, Mike and Gill moved to the Galana Game Ranching scheme in the east of Kenya.
Mike had hunted buffalo, elephants, rhino, bongo and lions. After hunting was banned in 1976, poaching increased. In 1972, Gillian died of heart attack and in 1973, Mike married Jane. Hunting lions was risky enough, but Mike was charged by a wounded maneless lion and was saved by a flashlight of a camera used by his step son, and landed up in Mombasa Hospital. Mike had taken up flying and flew all over Africa and in 1979, even flew to England and back. Interested in butterflies, Mike found that Charaxes butterfly was named after him, found near Lake Victoria. In 1995, Mike got interested in Diane Wilson and married her, after Jane consented to the divorce. He was attacked in his house by Africans and landed up in Nyeri Hospital with abdomen stab wounds, for 10 days. He formed the Sangare Conservancy and got involved in conservation of Kenya mountain Bongo.
Along with giving us the family history, Mike Prettejohn narrates the history of Kenya and the changes that have taken place from 1900 to now.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) Early Days in East Africa, F Jackson, 1930 (1969)
(2) Cuckoo in Kenya, Major R Foran, 1936
(3) The Flame Trees of Thika, E Huxley, 1959
(4) The Kenya Pioneers, Trzebinski, 1985
(5) John Ainsworth and Making of Kenya, Maxon, 1980
(6) The Great Safari, Adrian House, 1993
(7) History of Muthiaga Country Club, Volume 1, Stephen Mills, 2006
(8) From Ox-cart to E-mail, Natasha Breed, 2011
(9) Born Wild, Tony Fitzjohn, 2011
(10)An African Love Story, Dame Daphne Sheldrick, 2013
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.


Shikar
Shikar
by Jack Warner
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars SHIKAR ( MAN-EATER ), 7 Nov 2014
This review is from: Shikar (Hardcover)
This novel was first published in 2003 as SHIKAR and then in 2005 as MAN-EATER. It has 364 pages and one map. This book is dedicated to 'Donna' and 'Lt Col Edward James Corbett'.
The book starts when a man-eating tiger crosses the river between Nepal and India and another victim is taken at KOT KINDRI. The villagers ask 'Hunter Sahib' for help. While sitting on a platform, the hunter felt the tiger in the darkness was trying to reach him. As the hunter fell from the tree, the tiger charged, but was shot by the hunter and the tiger fell on top of him.
Lanelle Jackson was delivering the news paper one very early morning (5am), but she disappeared into a ditch. Sheriff Barnes calls in the dogs, who refuse to enter the ditch. Then a 200lb pig is taken and a cow mauled at a farm. Then an old man living in a shack is found half eaten. Sheriff Brickhouse from Georgia calls for reinforcements. The remains are sent to chief Pathologist. The sheriff is also given some hairs found near the carcass. The Pathologist remarks that the remains were 'chewed up'.
Later a young couple in a Mountain log hut saw something large sniffing at them at night and tried to get into the hut. Then a deer hunter is found half eaten, with a large 'pug mark' 6x8 inches near it. Sheriff gets a plaster cast made of this foot print and takes it to the curator of mammals at the Zoo. It is confirmed that the plaster cast was that of the (R) forepaw of a full grown Bengal tiger. The curator said that none of their tigers were missing, so the sheriff had a man-eater in his territory. Having not seen any live ones, the sheriff requests to see the Zoo's Sumatran tigers. They discuss where the tiger must have escaped from, maybe a private Zoo or circus or the large tiger may have been smuggled from India. The sheriff must warn his people. Could he find someone to capture or kill this man-eater.
The sheriff goes to animal control section for help and was first laughed at and then told that they would try to find a man who could help. The press was waiting for the sheriff at his office. He warns people to stay indoors and not go out hunting this tiger. A professional hunter had been sent for. The tiger was now beginning to be called as "the Harte County Man-eater". Then a couple see the tiger at a pole under a flood light, at night.
Sleeping in his room, in his house out in the forest, one night, 9 year old ROY could smell rotten meat near his bedroom window and looking out, he saw a large cat and its yellow eyes. Next morning, Roy saw a very large pug mark (foot print) outside his window, followed by a loud roar in the forest - "AA-aa-oo-uu-nn-gh-GH". Then a dog and sheep are taken.
PONDER -the hunter takes up the trail. News comes that the hairs matched that of the tiger. The sheriff found Ponder mauled and dead up the mountain. A reporter and her photographer driving through the forest came across the tiger and took pictures, which appeared in paper the next day. The Governor sent in the Army and helicopters. Then an army private is taken by the tiger. Sheriff gets a phone call from London saying that Colonel James Graham, son of a tiger hunter during the British Raj in India, now living in Yorkshire, England, was on his way to help him deal with this tiger.
It is a well written book, keeping you interested to the sad end.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) Tent Life in Tigerland, James Inglis, 1888 (2012)
(2) The Man-eaters of Tsavo, Col JH Paterrson, 1907 (2014)
(3) My Sporting Memories, Woodyatt 1922
(4) A Book of Man-eaters, RG Burton, 1931
(5) Tiger Days, James Best, 1931
(6) Mauled by Tiger, Arthur Strachan, 1933
(7) Man-eater of Kumaon, Jim Corbett, 1944 (1989)
(8) The Call of the Man-eater, Kenneth Anderson, 1961 (2002)
(9) Tiger Haven, Arjun Singh, 1999 (2007)
(10)The Last Tiger, Valmik Thapar, 2006
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.


Tales of the Big Game Hunters
Tales of the Big Game Hunters
by Kenneth Kemp
Edition: Hardcover

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4.0 out of 5 stars TALES OF THE BIG GAME HUNTERS, 4 Nov 2014
This book was first published in 1986, has 209 pages, 22 chapters, 14 B/W photos, 9 B/W drawings but no maps. This book is dedicated to 'Almuth, Caroline and Dominic'. The author KENNETH KEMP was born in London in 1933 and educated in Westminster. In 1950s he took up number of game shooting expeditions in West Africa. In 1984 he founded 'The Sportsman's Press'. This book contains collection of adventure stories from Africa, Asia and North America, of well known hunters and explorers.
This book starts with a lion hunt by William Charles Baldwin in 1863, on his horse. After 1st shot the lion chases him and his horse, but Baldwin eventually manages to shoot the lion. His native Masara then imitates the hunt.
Suffering from Malaria, Abel Chapman in 1905 at Nakuru hears an elephant herd travelling northeast towards Lake Solai, near Laikipia, Kenya. Passing Menengai Crater, they ran into thunderstorms. They meet 40 elephants next day and took shots at 4 bulls. The rest of the elephants, mainly cows and totos went north.
In 1850, Gordon Cumming travelling north-words, comes to a stream and after breakfast, rides his horse and goes after elephants. Before that, he shoots an 18ft male giraffe. Travelling in Southwest Africa, he takes his wagons, horses, dogs, local bachuanas and hunts cow elephants, one of them charging him.
In 1894, Bryden went out for hunting lions in Sabi Spoort. He manages to shoot a charging male and then the lioness charged. Bryden was out of bullets, but his friend Parsons shoots the lioness.
Arthur H Neumann in 1898, was hunting elephants with his Ndorobo friends. He found a moderate elephant and shot him many times before the elephant sat on his back with his tusks stuck in a tree. Having fever, Neumann did not follow the rest of the herd. However, he hunts more elephants in the north of British East Africa (BEA -Kenya), near the Mathew's Range of mountains.
In 1913, James Sutherland was hunting in German East Africa (GEA-Tanzania). The locals wanted him to shoot an elephant called KOM KOM (the mighty one), who had destroyed their crops and killed a few people. A bull elephant charges from behind and knocks Sutherland over. They follow this elephant and play hide and seek. Then Sutherland manages to shoot the elephant in his ear. His tusks were small for his bulk and his tail hair were abnormally white.
In 1880, Sir Samuel Baker was tiger hunting in Central Provinces of India. He rides 'Moolah Bux' elephant into the jungle with his beaters. The tiger roars and charges Moolah Bux. Sir Baker shoots the tiger who had mauled 3 of the Indian men. One man died and the other 2 recovered in hospital. This was a large tiger.
In 1888, Captain J Forsyth goes wild buffalo hunting in Central India. With its large size and horns, they take a lot of bullets before going down. Riding the horses, they get charged by the buffalo and it took some shooting to over power the buffalo.
In 1903, J Pester and friends head for Bareilly to deal with a man-eater tiger. The tiger roared whole night. They mounted the elephants and went after the tigress and her 4 half grown cubs. The tigress charged and mauled 2 men and the elephant. She and her cubs were shot.
In 1873, G P Sanderson had to deal with man-eating tigress in Morlay and Iyenpoor. Riding an elephant, Sanderson finds spoors of the man-eating tigress and a cattle killing tiger. Apparently the tigress had a cub. When she took a carcass into a hill, Sanderson shot her.
This book ends with hunters in North America and a chapter on rifles. Hunting is rightly very distasteful today, but it was normal in the olden days and a past time for the Europeans and the Maharajas.
Read more about these stories in following books:-
(1) African Hunting from Natal to Zambezi, WC Baldwin, 1863
(2) On safari, Abel Chapman, 1908 (2014)
(3) The Lion Hunter, Gordon Cumming, 1850 (2012)
(4) Great and Small Game of Africa, Bryden, 1899
(5) Elephant Hunting in East Equatorial Africa, Arthur Neumann, 1898 (2012)
(6) The Adventures of an Elephant Hunter, James Sutherland, 1912 (2010)
(7) Wild Beasts and their Ways, Sir Samuel Baker, 1890 (2013)
(8) The Highlands of Central India, Capt J Forsyth, 1889 (2013)
(9) War and Sport in India, J Pester, 1806 (2012)
(10)Thirteen Years Among the Wild Beasts of India, GP Sanderson, 1878 (2011)
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.


Handbook of British East Africa 1912-13. Illustrated and with two maps ... Second impression
Handbook of British East Africa 1912-13. Illustrated and with two maps ... Second impression
by H. F. Ward
Edition: Unknown Binding

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4.0 out of 5 stars HANDBOOK OF BRITISH EAST AFRICA 1912-1913, 1 Nov 2014
This book was first published in 1912 in NAIROBI, Kenya, has 312 pages, numerous chapters, 23 B/W photos and 2 large maps. H F WARD was a land and estate agent in Nairobi and he completed this book with help from J W Milligan. They had 9 years of personal experience with the land and property in British East Africa (BEA-Kenya). This book was intended to provide information to settlers and hunters, coming to live in BEA and was directed mainly towards the European clients. The book is full of adverts offering their services to new and old customers.
This book starts with a brief history of BEA. In 1891, the British Government assumed the BEA as a protectorate, along with Uganda. In 1895, the administration of this British Protectorate took place at MOMBASA. The Uganda Railways (Mombasa Nyanza Railways) was completed in 1901 and soon the European immigration followed. British Indians also came to settle at Mombasa and Victoria Nyanza. This book tries to reassure the settlers that in the Highlands, there were no serious diseases and even the coast and Victoria Nyanza, was safe for them. European farmers owned 640 acres to 10,000 acres of land. Lord Delamere was the largest land owner. The European population in 1911 was 3175.
The book then describes different ways of reaching BEA, on different steamers. After clearing customs, use of Uganda Railways is pointed out with its time tables and stoppages. Description is given of 3 major towns of Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru. Land was obtained by grant from the Government OR by private treaty. The land was registered with the land officer in Nairobi. The book then narrates in detail about farming of sisal, coffee, cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, ostrich, wheat, fruits, cotton, rubber and vegetables.
Advise is given to Europeans who wanted to come to BEA for farming and the use of native labour. R J Cunninghame (RJ -book by Monty Brown-2004), one of the big game white hunters, explains shooting safaris, the cost of them and about rifles needed and outfit required and game licences. The book moves on to climate, transport, education, armed forces, banks, churches and the cost of living.
The book ends with Swahili phrases and vocabulary and the register of European residents in BEA. As one would gather, the book is now completely out of date, as it is over 100 years old. It would be more of interest to collectors or people like me who were born there. Of-course, the book was aimed at only the white population. The numerous adverts are of nostalgic interest.
The book is now very expensive to buy, but a facsimile version can be obtained for US dollar 22/- from Amazon.com.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) The Rise of Our East African Empire, 2 Volumes, Lord FD Lugard, 1893 (1968)
(2) The Foundation of BEA, JW Gregory, 1901 (2012)
(3) Handbook of BEA, JB Purvis, 1901 (2012)
(4) British east Africa, Somerset Playne, 1908
(5) Land of Zinj, CH Stigand, 1913
(6) British East Africa, Charles Eliot, 1923 (2011)
(7) British East Africa, McDermott, 1923 (2012)
(8) Early days in East Africa, Sir Frederick Jackson, 1930 (1969)
(9) Oriental Nairobi, RO Preston, 1938
(10)British Missionaries, John Stuart, 2011
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.


Animal Twilight
Animal Twilight
by J. L. Cloudsley-Thompson
Edition: Hardcover

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4.0 out of 5 stars ANIMAL TWILIGHT, 31 Oct 2014
This review is from: Animal Twilight (Hardcover)
This book was first published in 1967, has 188 pages, 10 chapters, 16 B/W photos, 15 B/W drawings and 2 maps. JOHN CLOUDSLEY THOMPSON was born in INDIA and after school in England, did his PhD at Cambridge University. He was appointed as Professor of Zoology at University of KHARTOUM and keeper of Sudan Natural History Museum. He was an authority in desert animals and author of many books on their behaviour and physiology. In this book Professor Cloudsley-Thompson traces the history of man's impact on African animals from Roman games to tourist attraction in National Parks. He explains the impact of hunters and early explorers on depletion of animals in Africa and appeals for their conservation.
Man started living away from streams once he learnt how to store water. With invention of fire, he was able to live in colder places. Grassland savannah was produced by fires created by volcanoes. With the advent of fire arms and human population explosion, the wildlife in East Africa has been endangered. The traditional methods of killing big game by Africans were wasteful, inefficient and cruel. Most animals are targeted like elephants for its ivory and meat. They are stalked, chased on foot or horseback.
The introduction of fire arms by Europeans and then wire (which poachers used as snares), lead to slaughter of big game in a large scale. Most of the wildlife is disappearing and confined to protected areas, even here poachers or paid hunters bribe the officials to bring in their clients, even though hunting is banned. In the past, animal control work also reduced wildlife. Over population in Africa and live stock owners reduced habitat of the wildlife. Disease like rinderpest took its toll.
Human settlement and agriculture has blocked game migrations leading to over grazing and soil erosion. Well known migrations are those of Southern Sudan (white ear Kob, Tiang and Mongalla gazelle), Mara/Serengeti (wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's gazelle) and elephant migration between Aberdares, Laikipia, Marsabit and Lorian swamp. In mid 1800s, millions of springbuck migrated in South East Africa. The last springbuck migration took place in South West Africa in 1954.
Most big game give little attention to people in cars. However, wildlife may attack humans in an unprovoked manner. This book narrates some fascinating stories about charges by various animals, like elephants, hippo, leopards, lion and buffalo. Hunting these on foot risks serious casualties. Elephants had been used in wars in Rome and during Alexander-the-Great's time. Wounded animals become cunning and dangerous and will hide and charge humans.
This book ends with a chapter on wildlife conservation, tourism and formation of protected areas like National Parks and Reserves. This book has some very rare drawings and stories from various books about animals and humans, hunters and charging animals. These mini stories make this book interesting to read.
Some other books by Cloudsley-Thompson are:-
(1) Biology of Deserts, 1954 (2011)
(2) Spiders, Scorpions and Mites, 1958 (2011)
(3) Animal Behaviour, 1960
(4) Land Invertebrates, 1961
(5) Life in Deserts, 1964
(6) Desert Life, 1965
(7) Animal Conflict and Adaptation, 1965 (1980)
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.


Jim Corbett's India
Jim Corbett's India
by Jim Corbett
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars JIM CORBETT'S INDIA, 26 Oct 2014
This review is from: Jim Corbett's India (Hardcover)
This book was first published in 1978 (1986), has 250 pages, 22 chapters, 1 B/W photo and excellent endpaper maps of Kumaon area. R E HAWKINS was Jim Corbett's publisher and editor and in this book he provides some collection of Jim's writings and 2 unfamiliar pieces. The front cover of the hardback jacket shows the jungle glade in the Pindar Valley, Kumaon, taken by John Lord. Jim's books had been published as he had written and the only changes made by Hawkins were on spellings and punctuation. The first 1/4 of this book is on Jim's life and the rest 3/4 on his dealings with the man-eaters.
From Kunwar Singh, Jim learnt the bush-craft. Jim had also learnt to move noiselessly, to climb trees, to pin point sound, use his eyes in jungle, call tigers and leopards and to use his rifle. People in MUKTESAR Hills claimed that it had the most beautiful view in Kumaon. A tigress had become a man-eater after porcupine quills enter her one eye, her paw and her arm. From NAINI TAL, Jim travels to Muktesar and follows the tigress into the jungle. His 1st shot wounds her and makes her very angry. She comes straight at him and on the 2nd shot, she dropped 50ft into a stream below.
In April 1900, Jim was asked to deal with PANAR leopard of ALMORA, who had killed 400 humans. Jim returns in Sept 1910 to have 2nd attempt at this leopard. He ties 2 male goats to see what the leopard would do. Jim (suffering from bouts of malaria) manages to shoot the leopard, when it tried to kill one of his goats.
Near the PIPAL PANI stream, Jim had watched a tiger cub and they had known each other for 15 years. However, the tiger had been wounded twice and took to cattle killing. Eventually, Jim called the tiger and shot him in the forest. The man-eater can cause great fear in people and after dark, they will lock themselves in their homes, with no movement or sound anywhere - just like a complete curfew.
THE LANGUAGE OF EACH SPECIES OF JUNGLE LIFE IS UNDERSTOOD BY ALL THE JUNGLE ANIMALS. The 2 CHOWGARH tigers had already killed more than 20 people. Jim manages to shoot one - turned out to be a big grown up cub. The cub's mother, an old tigress was now mauling her victims and killing many more. But on 11.4.1930, Jim managed to shoot her and found her claws and teeth were broken and worn, making her a man-eater.
Jim's next task was to eliminate the MOHAN man-eater. Stalking the tiger, Jim finds him asleep, shoots him and finds many porcupine quills in him. The book ends with use of camera to shoot tigers and the reasons why tigers and leopards become man-eaters. We visited the last resting place of Jim Corbett in the old cemetery in NYERI, Kenya in August 2014.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) Man-eater of Kumaon, Jim Corbett 1944 (1989)
(2) The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag, Jim Corbett 1951 (1989)
(3) My India, Jim Corbett 1952 (1989)
(4) Jungle Lore, Jim Corbett 1953 (2000)
(5) The temple Tiger, Jim Corbett 1954 (1991)
(6) Tree Tops, Jim Corbett 1955 (1992)
(7) Man Against Man-eaters, Jim Corbett 1954 (1956)
(8) Carpet Sahib, Martin Booth 1986
(9) Under The Shadow of Man-eaters, Jerry Jaleel 1997
(10)Jim Corbett of Kumaon, DC Kala 1979 (1999) 2009 (2014)
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.


The Last Elephant: African Quest
The Last Elephant: African Quest
by Jeremy Gavron
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LAST ELEPHANT, 19 Oct 2014
This book was first published in 1993, has 231 pages, 8 chapters but no photos or maps. The book is dedicated to 'Mary and Tosco'. JEREMY GARVON was enchanted by the African elephant since the age of 6, after visiting London Zoo. It took him 20 more years to get to Africa where he spent 2 years travelling between Johannesburg and Nairobi. He returned to Africa many times searching for hopeful signs for the future of Africa and its elephants.
BURUNDI had lost all its elephants in 1970s. But it still exported many tons of ivory smuggled into the country. But there was one elephants left, Jeremy goes to look for it near BUJUMBURA. With forests cut down and heavily populated, it was hard to believe there would be any wildlife left. The elephant was said to be in the RUSIZI Plains above Lake Tanganyika. The rains took the top soil off the hills and drained into the Rusizi river as thick sluggish brown water and then into the Lake Tanganyika. Jeremy eventually finds the adolescent elephant on the ZAIRE side of the river.
ELEPHANTS ARE SO HEAVY THAT IF THEY GET INTO A WRONG POSITION, THEY CAN CRUSH THEMSELVES TO DEATH. Jeremy flies to Kenya and then to AMBOSELI NP to meet 2 Masaai ladies, assistant to Cynthia Moss. He watches the bull elephants and elephant families. In NAIROBI, he meets Cynthia Moss and they discuss elephants. He remembers his meeting with George Adamson in KORA NP at Campi-ya-Simba. He also meets Joyce Poole at Kenya Wildlife Service at the gate of Nairobi NP, and they discuss elephant communications. He accompanies a Vet to Amboseli to treat an elephant's infected leg. He also observes elephants sniffing and touching elephant bones.
Jeremy flies to BANGUI of Central African Republic, to go to Dzanga-Sangha Reserve to see the last remaining elephants. He meets Melissa Rimus from California studying gorillas. Gorillas don't like elephants but need them to create forest clearings. ELEPHANTS ARE THE GARDENERS OF THE FORESTS. Back in NAIROBI, Jeremy goes to see injured Terry Mathews in Karen, and sees his bronze sculptures, especially elephants. Jeremy also meets Bill Woodley and Ian Parker and they talk about the last of the elephant men - the Waliangulu of Tsavo. In1985, he flies to TSAVO East NP with Patrick Hamilton and sees 24 freshly killed elephants in a huge huddle with all their tusks missing. All over Africa, thousands of elephants were being killed, many by wardens and rangers, under orders from people in the very high places.
Jeremy visits the RUWENZORI NP in West Uganda to see the remaining elephants, post Idi Amin destruction. He visits the David Sheldrick Orphanage in Nairobi NP and listens to Dame Daphne's story of saving elephant orphans. Next, he travels to PILANESBERG NP in South Africa to see how Kruger orphan elephants were settling in and mothered by American circus elephants. Moving on to Zimbabwe, Jeremy visits some wildlife farms. He also flies to Zaire (Congo) and visits Garamba NP and Dungu River (world heritage site), very remote and full of wildlife including northern white rhinos and elephants. He rides the last of the trained elephants from King Leopold's elephant school.
This book takes you through an interesting journey through the wilds of Africa and the plight of its wildlife, especially the elephants. Pity, there are no photos or maps in this book.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) Elephant, Commander Blunt 1933
(2) Kingdom of Elephants, Temple-Perkins 1955
(3) Natural History of the African Elephant, Sylvia Sikes 1971
(4) Among the Elephants, Ian and Oria Douglas-Hamilton 1975
(5) Portraits of the Wild, Cynthia Moss 1979
(6) Elephants in Africa, Paul Bosman 1989
(7) Coming of the Age of Elephants, Joyce Poole 1996
(8) Elephant, Steve Bloom 2006
(9) Great Tuskers of Africa, John Marais 2006
(10)Secret Elephants, Gareth Patterson 2010
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.


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