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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild [Paperback]

Lawrence Anthony , Graham Spence
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May 22 2012
Lawrence Anthony devoted his life to animal conservation, protecting the world's endangered species. Then he 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 memoir 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, Anthony's unrelenting efforts at animal protection and his remarkable connection with nature will inspire animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.


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"Anthony has made a difference in the lives of many magnificent animals who otherwise would have been lost to the world. When you're feeling down and out and defeated and ready to give up, read this inspiring book and share it widely with others."
--Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals
 
"In my thirty-five years of studying man/animal communication I have met only a few individuals who have the ability to enter into the metaphysical realm of the exotic animal. Lawrence Anthony has been there and back. His wonderfully written book The Elephant Whisperer is a true reflection of his ability to be one of the pachyderms."
--Ralph Helfer, author of Modoc
 
"A lovingly written tale of close encounters, some beautiful and some frightening, with humans and nonhumans alike. Anthony's story of his trials and tribulations in preserving a herd of African elephants is a parable for the continent."
--Irene M. Pepperberg, author of Alex & Me
 
"An engaging and vividly personal account, The Elephant Whisperer invites you in, as confidant and confederate, from the first page and holds you rapt to the very last. A compelling reminder of the power and mysteries of the natural world, Thula Thula's elephants are lucky to have a friend like Lawrence Anthony."
--Amelia Thomas, author of The Zoo on the Road to Nablus
 

The Elephant Whisperer is every bit as much a page-turner as a novel. … Anyone who remembers Born Free, a personal story of tamed East African lions, will hope this book, too, is destined for the screen.”

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About the Author

LAWRENCE ANTHONY is an acclaimed conservationist and founder of The Earth Organization. He received the UN’s Earth Day award for his work in Baghdad. He lives in Zululand, South Africa.
 
GRAHAM SPENCE is a journalist and editor. Originally from South Africa, he lives in England. Together they also wrote Babylon's Ark: the Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! Nov. 3 2009
Format:Hardcover
I just purchased this book after my second visit to Thula Thula. Having met Lawrence once on this my latest visit I had heard stories about his connection with the herd to read the book was amazing. To read the book is to live in the moment that is Thula Thula. The wild but tranquil oasis that they have created is pure heaven. I was fortunate to just return home from South Africa and having witnessed 2 glorious days in the wild seeing not one but 3 new baby elephants! One just 5 days old. This book is a must for anyone who loves elephants and wants to see them in the wild where they belong. Lawrences committement to conservation should be saluted!! A great read. Lawrence in the real deal!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The elephant whisperer Aug. 22 2009
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book in South Africa for my plane ride home to Toronto and had the entire book finished by the time I got home, who needs sleep! The author is warm and generous in his discriptions. I laughed out loud and cried in several chapters. The story of Nana and her elephant herd is fascinating but Anthony's description of living in the game reserve Thula Thula was beyond my imagination. I want to go back now so I can visit his reserve. I have just bought his second book now and am waiting excitedly for its arrival.
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Wonderfully written. A real find and a book I have recommended to many others as it graphically describes a park owner's life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and touching book July 22 2012
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This has been my main summer read and loved every minute of it. The book is full of exciting adventures while also told in a very sensitive and intelligent way. I admire the authour so much and I am deeply saddened that he died. I heard about the book when I read a story about a man that was loved by elephants and when he died hundreds of elephants came to say goodbye to him from thousands of miles away. It touched me so much I had to read more about him so I got this book. Also, it helps you better understand what happens in Africa and the issues they must deal with in animal reserves. By the way, my husband is reading it and loving it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome Feb. 8 2014
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what a beautifully written book - right from the man's own heart in words that everyone can feel.......I love elephants and their beauty of their souls - it is such a tragedy that human's could not be as beautiful as animals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Dec 3 2013
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A compelling book about the challenges facing wild life in South Africa. This book is a true inspiration and a lesson to us all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read June 17 2013
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I couldn't put this book down. Page after page - I had to keep reading.
Lawrence was a very brave, progressive man who's determination to save
and rehab rogue elephants shows us how by not giving up, and believing in
ourselves and nature we can change destiny.
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Wonderful. An amazing account of the journey of bringing a herd of elephants back to their rightful place in the wild. Inspiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who loves animals.
I have loaned this book to 5 people already and everyone has been touched by its story and wonderful message..
Published 11 months ago by Crator
5.0 out of 5 stars Elephant Whisperer
Best book I've read in a very long time. Made me feel as if I was back in Africa again.
Published 15 months ago by Wendy Hobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I read in 2012
Have gifted this to my daughter, 3 friends and my husband. They have since brought it to the attention to their book clubs, etc. Read more
Published 15 months ago by chinchin
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
Anthony's compassion for the elephants and for the humans around him make this a very good read. The fact that after his death, elephants walked for three days through the jungle... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. B. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Gift
I gave "The Elephant Whisperer" (year 2009) by Lawrence Anthony to my friend for his birthday. He was so inspired by it that he read it from cover to cover hardly putting it down. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Deerpath
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic book on the lives and emotions of elephants
I really loved this book. It is a true story of a man who spent 20 years of his life getting to know, personally, about wild elephants. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Judy maxwell
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wonderful story, very touching an excellent read for those who love animals and especially elephants. Read more
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