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MANEATERS AND MARAUDERS,
This review is from: Maneaters and marauders
This book was first published in 1959, has 200 pages, NO MAPS and 10 B/W photos, with authors photo on page 1. Taylor was born in Dublin in 1904. He was sent to Canada to help his temper, but got into trouble and on returning home got involved on the wrong side of Sinn Finn. So he was sent to Cape Town, South Africa.
Wanted to hunt elephants for living, he went to Rhodesia and Portuguese East Africa. He had supposed to have shot between 1200 and 1500 elephants. In 1958, he was expelled from Nyasaland to London and died there in 1969, penniless.
Natives think maneaters, whether lions, crocs or leopards, is some witch or wizard. Taylor killed these maneaters for free to help the local natives. Where there is no natives, there is no water. It is a never-ending joy to watch a good tracker at work. Old elephant cows can be very dangerous, when they assume leadership of a herd. Elephants are most destructive things. Taylor marveled at the native's night vision. Lions do not roar as they kill. The elephants can get pretty drunk, eating wild fruit or grain, which ferments in their stomach.
Taylor seems to know "inner warnings" of danger, danger very near. The "Witchdoctors" claimed to be "lion-men", saying that they to transform into lions at will. Pressure-fed storm lanterns keep determined lions at bay. Maneating leopards are worse than lions. Leopards look up into treetops because baboons are their favourite food, lions do not look up. Avoid sudden,jerky,rapid movements when approaching any wildlife.
Taylor writes well. This book is easy to read, plenty of who done it?, keep you looked on. Most of these fascinating stories are around Zembesi valley/river. His other books are:-
(1) Big Game and Big Game Rifles,
(2) Pondoro- Last of the Ivory Hunters.
Having born in Kenya,I really enjoyed reading this book and would rccomend it.
Read and ENJOY.