Memoirs

Paul Bosman Wildlife Artist

"I see art and wildlife conservation as a symbiotic relationship. Because art keeps alive the memories of wildlife in a natural setting, it stimulates a longing in the public to know that such scenes will continue to exist in nature."

paul bosman elephant chain

Wildlife artist Paul Bosman was born in South Africa on August 2, 1929 and spent his early years in the Great Karoo, a semi-arid area that bears a striking resemblance to the Sonoran desert of Arizona. His parents moved from the Karoo to Botswana and in this great wilderness he became familiar with the big game species. This was followed in 1969 by building, owning and operating a luxury photographic safari lodge in Zimbabwe where he began to paint the prolific bird and animal life. In 1982 he and his family emigrated to the United States and have become U.S. citizens.

"I think inspiration for my work comes from having spent my childhood in the wilderness area of Botswana, surrounded by Nature. As an adult I was fortunate enough to own a safari lodge in what was then Rhodesia, again surrounded by Nature but this time in the midst of one of the most historical areas - Gona-re-Zhou - The Place of the Elephants."

When the African Bus Came Down


WHEN THE AMERICAN BUS CAME DOWN


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With only their wit and a dream, Paul and Elaine Bosman set out from a sophisticated city life in South Africa to build a photographic safari lodge in a wilderness area in Rhodesia. They were 90 miles from the nearest paved road, making bricks with sand and cement, cutting timber to build accommodations, and growing everything they were to eat. They encountered many challenges as they created their luxury safari lodge - from curious elephants to hungry buffalo and everything in between. Along the way they encountered a cast of characters, had hilarious adventures, and made friends and memories to last a lifetime.

Written by Elaine Bosman, featuring Paul Bosman's illustrations.

Review from "Jim in Sedona":

This book is a well written narrative of the trials and adventures of a family with the courage to take the road less traveled (literally). The author does a nice job of linking the reader to the challenges of starting a life from scratch in one of the most remote parts of the world. At the same time, she conveys the deep respect they have for their natural surroundings, the people and the wildlife that were there first. A nice read with quite a bit of insight into the pros and cons of ending British colonialism so quickly in that continent. By the time you finish, you feel like you've spent time with the Bosman family and appreciate their accomplishments even more.