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My Serengeti Years: The Memoirs of an African Games Warden Hardcover – 1 May 1988

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393025764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393025767
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 724,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was first published in 1987, has 221 pages, 2 maps of Serengeti National Park, no photos and numerous B/W beautiful illustrations of animals by Bob Kuhn. There is a colour picture of Myles on the front of the DJ. There is also a full B/W sketch of Myles on page 110. His wife Kay Turner has written the afterword, to her the book is dedicated. MYLES IAN MAITLAND TURNER was born in 1921, in Northumberland, England. His family moved to Nanyuki, Kenya in 1926. He studied in Nairobi. After 2nd world war, he joined the Kenya Game Department in 1946. In 1949, he became a 'White Hunter'. In 1956, he married Kay. From 1956 to 1972, he was Deputy Chief Game Warden of Serengeti. They had 2 children,'Lynda' (1958) and 'Michael' (1959). Myles died of heart attack on 27.3.1984 at Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya.
As a Game Control Officer in 1946, Myles had shot 300 buffalo,using dogs, who were raiding 'shambas' at Mt Kenya and Aberdares. In 1956, he moves to Banagi as Warden of Western Serengeti. This was 220 miles from Arusha and the nearest doctor was 130 miles away at Musoma. In 1957, he meets Prof Grzemik and his son Michael. Myles had to deal with poachers in Western Corridor. In 1954 , Maasai were moved out of Ngorongoro Crater. Myles gets his flying licence on 18.11.1961 and in 1970 a griffin vulture makes a large hole in his plane. Safari was always Myles life. LIONS EXERT A POWERFUL HOLD ON OUR IMAGINATION. In 1961, Joy and George Adamson released ELSA's cubs in Mbalageti Valley. SERENGETI LIONS ARE PARK'S GREATEST SINGLE TOURIST ATTRACTION. WILDEBEEST CALVING SEASON BEGINS IN DECEMBER, REACHES A PEAK IN JANUARY AND TAILS OFF IN LATE MARCH. The wildebeest migration is the most spectacular wildlife sight of Earth.
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An interesting and informative account of the life of a British Game Warden in East Africa during the middle of the last century. Well written and at times amusing, Mr Turner gives an honest account of his duties, his impressions and the good and not-so good- times in the African bush. A very good read for those frustrated game rangers out there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Battle for Serengeti 27 Feb. 2009
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Myles Turner's posthumous memoirs, edited by Brian Jackman and enhanced by Bob Kuhn's splendid drawings, rhapsodize the birth pangs of and interminable assaults on Tanzania's incomparable Serengeti National Park. All who are familiar with the Serengeti will find their appreciation of it amplified by Turner's intimate account of his experience as its deputy chief game warden from November 1956 to April 1972. Those for whom it remains a dream destination may embrace it vicariously as he immerses them by small plane, Land Rover, and on foot in its rich fabric of life. Zealous and unapologetic in his defense of its wildlife against poachers, bitter in his repudiation of the killing of its animals by scientific investigators, Turner was emotionally conjoined with the Serengeti. While the book's two maps are inadequate for locating many of the places detailed in Turner's recollections, referencing them affords the reader a general orientation in accompanying him throughout the park. This enthralling book conveys every sensation of what has justifiably been called "the last place on earth."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and conservation of an eden against modern man 20 May 2010
By Raymond Focant - Published on
Mr TURNER describes the wild animals at home in the Serengeti.
Nature takes its course : surprises behind every corner.
Then the man comes in : poachers , opportunists of all kinds , tourists unaware ...
This book shows the measure of dedication required by a game warden. Professionnalism and scientific interest of the modern man just won't do.
The wildlife is described with sympathy . The animal was king in those days in Serengeti (1950 /1960' s)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever 28 Dec. 2001
By Jack - Published on
This book has got to be the best book i've ever read. A true life story, Serengeti Years has inspired me to visit Tanzania and see its wildlife. Mr. Turner is a game warden in the Serengeti and shares his life with you in this wonderful book.
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