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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! Nov. 3 2009
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
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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What a fantastic book. I couldn't put it down. The dedication this man had to save those elephants and the ensuing relationship he developed was just magical. One of those books you don't want to end. I felt all of the author's emotions while reading.
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This is a beautiful story, told like you were sitting with the author in his living room. I learned so much about elephants from the book, and what very special, extraordinary creatures they are. I can't recommend this book highly enough to others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Elephant Whisperer June 29 2014
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Wow. I read this book with great delight to hear all the stories about my beloved elephants. I have always loved them and knew they were intelligent but until I read this book, I did not know how intelligent they were. Easy to read, full of great true life stories of day to day life with elephants.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming June 4 2014
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It is a great story for all ages. I would highly recommend it for kids since it talks about hope for animals in Africa
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