Title: The Poacher and other hunting, fishing and conservation stories
Author: Div de Villiers
Size: 230mm x 160mm, 198 pages
ISBN: 978-1-920411-21-3 (print)
– 978-0-620-61619-5 (ebook)
Many books have been written about game rangers. Most are set in the African bushveld or savannas and portray the romantic image of rugged men exposed to harsh elements and dangerous game. The stories in this book are different. They give an insight into the lives of conservationists in the Eastern Cape; ordinary men and women who may not face the dangers of lions, crocodiles and Anopheles mosquitoes on a daily basis, but who have a passion for protecting one of the most beautiful and diverse regions in Africa.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Eastern Cape is one of the most beautiful, diverse and wild areas of South Africa with a proud, yet poorly recorded conservation history. Div de Villiers has a passion for the province, its people and its wildlife, an emotion that is portrayed in his writings.
Div joined Cape Nature Conservation in 1983 after completing his military service as an infantry officer with the 31 Bushmen Battalion in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. Since then he has travelled, fished, hunted and worked as a professional conservationist throughout the Eastern Cape for almost three decades, during which time he has developed an intimate knowledge of the wild places and characters of the region.
Div has received numerous awards for his courage and dedication in conserving nature. He has published articles and stories in a variety of magazines, books and journals, and in 2006 co-authored the best-selling non-fiction book, Mkambati and the Wild Coast. For his contribution to wildlife and environmental journalism, he received awards from South African Breweries and The Eastern Cape Game Management Association.
The Poacher is a collection of fascinating, humorous and thought-provoking stories that Div has written over the years, which give rare insight into the experiences of game rangers, conservationists and colourful characters of the Eastern Cape in a style that some say is not dissimilar to that of Herman Charles Bosman.
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