Remembering a Legendary Professional Hunter

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Upton Cum Chumley, Buckinghamshire, England.

Bunny Allen arrived in Kenya in 1927 with a desire to become a professional white hunter—what he became was a legend. Frank M. “Bunny” Allen came from a long line of English gypsies who poached stags and pheasants from wherever they roamed in the English countryside—even from the royal preserves of Windsor Forest. The young, personable, and charismatic Bunny Allen with his trademark earring followed his two brothers out to East Africa, and soon after arriving he had the great good fortune to meet up with Donald Ker of Ker & Downey Safaris, who gave him work as a professional hunter.

 

In the early years he met and hunted with many illustrious hunters such as Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen. Bunny made his reputation as an elephant hunter and as an outfitter to Hollywood’s stars and moguls like John Ford. Bunny was the professional hunter hired for such movies as Mogambo, starring Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, and Grace Kelly. Bunny published two previous books, First Wheel (containing stories from 1927 to 1947) and Second Wheel (recollections of the heyday of East Africa).

 

The Wheel of Life, published by Safari Press, is his third complete book, and it contains some of Bunny’s best stories never before published, as well as highlights from the previous two books to set the stage for his later exploits. There are many sexually explicit stories in this volume, for Bunny was the ultimate ladies’ man and known for his courtly manner and luck with women. Bunny is a wonderful raconteur, and his exciting tales of an adventurous life are sure to please.

 

Unfortunately, all three books are out of print. 

 

Bunny Allen died at his home on the Indian Ocean island of Lamu in January 2002.

 

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Remembering a Legendary Professional Hunter is written by for www.safaripress.com

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