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Memoirs of an African Hunter Terry Irwin

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Memoirs of an African Hunter Terry Irwin

Terry Irwin is no average professional hunter-that would be like saying Walter Bell shot a few elephants. In his fascinating memoirs, Irwin describes his early years as a schoolboy hunting in Botswana and Bechuanaland, his time as a prospector, and later, his employ by the Tanzania Game Department as an elephant-control officer. Although he prefers to keep his total elephant bag to himself, Irwin's feats are legendary: walking thousands of miles on foot on safaris across remote parts of Tanzania and the Selous Game Reserve, Ethiopia, and Kenya; hunting "problem" lions and leopards as well as elephants; and creating his own safari company, Kiburuzo Safaris. Irwin also includes interesting details: Before his company showed profit, he shot ivory to support his family, and in another episode he writes about how one of his clients took four years to bag a 100-pound elephant, and then ended up with two! Finally, Irwin shares his move to the Sudan after Tanzania closes its doors to hunting, and his subsequent creation of another successful safari company in South Africa.

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