The Elephant Whisperer: Learning About Life, Loyalty and Freedom From a Remarkable Herd of Elephants

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The Elephant Whisperer: Learning About Life, Loyalty and Freedom From a Remarkable Herd of Elephants

The Elephant Whisperer: Learning About Life, Loyalty and Freedom From a Remarkable Herd of Elephants

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Hermann drove and was accompanied by a local tracker, who could read any footprint or pile of scat on the trail.

But he was the herd's last chance of survival – dangerous and unpredictable, they would be killed if Anthony wouldn't take them in. As the plane touched down on the narrow airstrip and the storks scattered, we felt at once relief and excitement. The experience of living in the bush with these resourceful folks and animals over the period of time it takes to read the book is wonderfully energizing and one hates to leave their company at the end. But, most of all, we had come to this land, “beautiful beyond the singing of it” (Alan Paton), to go on safari. The message comes through loud and clear, that to truly protect any life form is to protect all by living in respectful coexistence with all life forms in the natural world model of life fueled by life.I had the honor and privilege of working with conservationist Lawrence Anthony and co-author Graham Spence on this incredibly moving book. Set against the background of life on the reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, this is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers everywhere. The author employs humor but does not shy away from the gut-wrenching and sad parts of the life in the African wilderness. Nana had learned many tricks about escaping from electrified enclosures from her earlier mentor and the herd often worked in concert to outwit their captors.

Slowly, over a period of weeks, he managed to make Nana understand that their new home could be a place of comfort and peace. An inspiring, multifaceted account, Anthony's book offers fascinating insights into the lives of wild elephants in the broader context of Zulu culture in post-Apartheid South Africa. But he was the herd’s last chance of survival – dangerous and unpredictable, they would be killed if Anthony wouldn’t take them in. It was something I simply couldn’t fathom … what type of person would shoot a terrified teenage elephant, and a female at that?This book is full of joy and sadness but will not only appeal to animal lovers but also others who just like a good read. As reported by the CBC on July 25, 2012, "After his death, although they were not alerted to the event, a group of wild elephants Anthony helped to rescue and rehabilitate travelled to his house in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. They looked at us languidly, but it was hard not to feel startled at being so close to these predators out in the open. NOTE: When Lawrence Anthony died suddenly in 2012, the original animal herd written about in this book, walked over 200 miles to Thula Thula to honor their rescuer. Fascinating memoir of the adventurous life of wildlife conservationist Lawrence Anthony, head of Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, Kwa-Zulu Natal province, South Africa.

We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. I very much look forward to reading Babylon’s Ark, when Anthony went to rescue the animals in the Iraq zoo while it was still very much a war torn area. Details of his conservation activities appeared regularly in regional and international media including CNN, CBS, BBC, Al Jazeera and Sky TV and featured in magazines and journals such as Reader's Digest, the Smithsonian, the Explorers Journal, Africa Geographic, Men's Journal, Shape magazine, Elle magazine and others. The accounts you can read of the mourning by the elephants after the passing of Lawrence Anthony, show us how animals have feelings often as deep as that of humans, and their attachments to both other animals and their human friends. I chanced upon a reference to the book “The Elephant Whisperer” by Lawrence Anthony (with Graham Spence) while reading an article on the internet.The refusal to anthropomorphize the animals brings the story to the reader in a realistic way - nature can be beautiful and ugly, and it is certainly amoral. Against all advice he took on the herd and told that it was their last chance of survival, as they were to be killed if he didn't take them. Among them, learning the value elephants place on family, loyalty and compassion and their willingness to go the extra mile.

Anthony shares his experiences in words and photos, and tells of difficulties with poachers, local tribal courts, unruly bushrangers, and with the wild elephants themselves.His previous title, Babylon's Ark, about his involvement in saving the animals in Baghdad Zoo, is being made into a major film. What follows is a fascinating tale of how he not only saved the herd, but also developed an unusual bond with them.



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