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Great African Trophies

By Diana Rupp

($125, hardcover, 254 pps., safaripress.com)

Trophies are interesting because they cement the memory of experiences gained afield and they evoke dreams of what may come.
Author Diana Rupp, who as editor in chief of Sports Afield magazine
happens to work alongside her peers in the same building
that houses Safari Press and Rowland Ward in
Long Beach, Calif., spent two years
researching the stories of
the greatest game ever
taken on the Dark Continent to bring us Great
African Trophies.
The result is a trophysized showcase of tales and
photographs including the
world-record elephant (226- and
214-pound tusks), Cape buffalo
and gemsbok and more, including the
tale, written by German naturalist Hans
Besser, of what is likely the largest crocodile
ever: a 24.9-foot-long beast he shot on the
banks of the Mbaka River in East Africa in 1903.

But while Rupp's focus is on animals that rank in the top five
of each species in the Safari Club International and Rowland
Ward record books, she also highlights historic, unlisted and
little-known trophies.
Which Westerner shot the first record bongo? Rupp discovered several hallowed names to answer this question including
Kermit Roosevelt. But according to her research, the
chances are an unknown Austrian ivory hunter may
have been the first, in 1905. Several tales of buffalo
shot since World War II highlight the "what if
it was me?" kind of luck hunters bump into
occasionally. Also included is the story and
photo of the skin of a poached leopard
(8 feet 7 inches long) that could easily
cover a lion's skeleton, discovered
on sale by a hunter in a curio
shop in West Africa in 2008.
This book is a feast for
the eyes and the imagination of hunters who love
Africa and its wildlife. Careful readers will also note it traces
the history of hunting and wildlife management in Africa over the course of a century.
J. Scott Olmsted, Editor in Chief


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