Audie Award Winner, Biography/Memoir, 2014
When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.
The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad account of Anthony's experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, it is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.
©2009, 2012 Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence (P)2012 Tantor
"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." (Publishers Weekly)
The amazing journey and relationship of the elephants and Anthony is breathtaking. A keen sense of humor, tremendous understanding, and unfailing patience on the part of them both made this book possible. I've actually already bought 2 paper editions for family & myself. I've had to bump a book out of my top 10 to make room for this one.
Extremely well written and presented very well. I am an avid reader and this is the best book I have ever read. This is a must read!!!!!!
Thoroughly enjoyed this well written & well read book. Lawrence Anthony is an amazing conservationist with a remarkable ability to intuit how to connect with his adopted herd of rogue elephants. I was fascinated as the story unfolded. There are plenty of other interesting story lines woven in with the saga of the elephants. I could relate from my experiences with other creatures I have observed & interacted with over the years. (Though much less dramatic!) Lovely story. May his influence continue!
interesting, educational and even humorous in parts. a true story of an exceptional man. loved it. sad to know he passed away at a relatively young age. superior narration.
This book is perfect for people that love elephants and want to learn more about them and any other wild animal that deserve respect and freedom. It completely transport me to Africa what a great work this man did.
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