African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Natrualist

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Cooper Square Press, Apr 10, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 618 pages
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In 1909, the Smithsonian Institution commissioned ex-President Theodore Roosevelt to collect specimens of African wildlife for the National Museum. Roosevelt went to Africa with his son Kermit, several prominent naturalists, and many journalists, thereby initiating the safari industry and setting the standard for the big game hunt. Yet Roosevelt never killed for thrills, instead hunting only specific animals in the amounts requested by the Smithsonian. Making his way from the Kenyan coast to the Upper Nile, he records his impressions of the African landscape, witnesses a traditional lion hunt by African pastoralists, and recalls his meetings with East Africans, to whom he was known as 'Bwana Tumbo (belly).'
 

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Contents

A Railroad through the Pleistocene
1
On an East African Ranch
38
Lion Hunting on the Kapiti Plains
67
On Safari Rhino and Giraffe
94
Juja Farm Hippo and Leopard
123
A Buffalo Hunt by the Kamiti
149
Trekking through the Thirst to the Sotik
174
Hunting in the Sotik
204
Uganda and the Great Nyanza Lakes
426
The Great Rhinoceros of the Lado
454
Down the Nile The Giant Eland
504
Personal Acknowledgments
535
Lists of Mammals Hellers Notes
536
Lorings Notes
545
Biological Survey of Mount Kenia
550
Protective Coloration in Animals
552

To Lake Naivasha
237
Elephant Hunting on Mount Kenia
271
The Guaso Nyero A River of the Equatorial Desert
323
To the Uasin Gishu
374
The Pigskin Library
569
Index
577
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Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was a soldier, rancher, President of the United States, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and an accomplished explorer and author. His book Through the Brazilian Wilderness is also available from Cooper Square Press. H. W. Brands, the author of the bestselling Roosevelt biography T. R.: The Last Romantic, lives in Austin, Texas.

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