Bruce Bryden was born in Johannesburg and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, followed by Honours in Wildlife Management at Pretoria University. In 1971 he started his career in the Kruger National Park as a graduate assistant biologist.
He progressed through the ranks as ranger, district ranger, park warden of the Karoo National Park (1977-80) and regional ranger to become chief ranger in 1983 (in the meantime he managed to successfully complete his Masters in Wildlife Management in 1976).
He became head of conservation support services and held various different positions until his retirement in May 2001. He and his wife Helena moved to Knysna where he wrote the bestselling book A Game Ranger Remembers, a collection of stories about the life of a bushveld conservationist that was published in 2005.
He passed away in May 2009 after contracting malaria and is survived by his wife, two children, a grandson and granddaughter. 
- A Game Ranger Remembers (2005)
Bruce Bryden, Jonathan Ball Publishers. Retrieved 28 August 2012