on 28 September 2009
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.
Serengeti (SIRINGET) is Maasai word meaning 'the place where the land runs for ever'(endless plains). This book is full of fantastic stories of the bush, some funny and some sad. In 1959, on 22 tourists permits were issued and now tourists come in their thousands. Other books with similar theme are:-
(1) A Game Ranger's Note Book, B Percival, 1924
(2) Memories of a Game Ranger, H Wolhuter, 1948
(3) A Game Warden Among His Charges, Capt Pitman, 1931
(4) Serengeti Shall Not Die, B Grzemik, 1960
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.
Read and ENJOY.
on 4 May 2016
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!