RIP Bruce Kinloch – pioneer of conservation in East Africa


Dear Friends,

We have some rather sad news to share. One of the pioneers of Parks and Conservation in East Africa, Bruce Kinloch, died on the 21st of June 2011. I never met him but many of you may have as he was very respected.

Bruce wrote three classic books which are reviewed here with other classic Africa game ranger books.


The Shamba Raiders: Memories Of A Game Warden by Bruce Kinloch (1972) is the remarkable story of Bruce Kinloch, the former Game Warden and big game hunter. He tells a fascinating story of the constant struggle to preserve Africa’s wildlife, especially its dwindling herds of elephants. Ivory poachers, devious middlemen, uncaring and bigoted officials all add to a game warden’s worries, apart from the need to safeguard the crops and livelihood of the indigenous population. Bruce’s encounters with rogue elephants, buffalo and poachers make thrilling reading and highlight the unsung work of the game wardens and their assistants who daily put their lives at risk. However, it was not all work and Bruce Kinlock’s description of fishing for the giant Nile perch below the Murchison Falls will make any angler’s mouth water.

Page 265 which is a ghostly reminder of our duty to save the Nairobi Park by protecting the larger Athi-Kapiti ecosystem.

Sauce For The Mongoose by Bruce Kinloch (1964). During his years in the Game Department the author and his wife reared all kinds of wild animals, but in a long succession of sick and orphaned refugees none had as disruptive an influence on their lives as the subject of this book, Pipa the mongoose.

Tales From A Crowded Life by Bruce Kinloch (2008) is an interesting account of the author’s life, from his childhood in India and at school in Britain to his wartime career as an officer in the 3rd Gurkha Rifles where he served on the North West Frontier and subsequently through the Burma campaign. The last part of the book concerns his time in Africa, some fishing, game preservation and his work establishing the College of African Wildlife Management beneath Mount Kilimanjaro. A fascinating account of both war in the Far East and the period of transition of British East Africa to independence.

Bruce was the Chief Game Warden in Uganda for ten years. Then in 1960 he became Chief Game Warden of the then Tanganyika, a post he held until 1964. Later, he became the Chief Game Warden in Malawi.

Kinloch founded the College of African Wildlife Management at Mweka on the slopes of Kilimanjaro which has trained over 5000 wildlife managers from over 52 countries worldwide (28 African countries and 24 other countries in the world), the majority are working in protected areas throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

RIP Bruce

From all of us at FoNNaP

A full review of his life is written here by Tony Jackson.

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2 responses to “RIP Bruce Kinloch – pioneer of conservation in East Africa

  1. pole sana to the family and friends,as kitengela community we shall for ever remember great job you have done to as,we shall miss you lot,i now of 4 maasai guys whom study in mweka and they are great people now,one is a siner warden at maasai mara game reserve.pole sana.

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