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Wild Orphans Hardcover – May 1 2002

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Books; 1 edition (May 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941807584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941807586
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 23.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #549,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Author and photographer Ellis had been documenting animal orphanages in Africa when the "Orphan 8" entered his life in 1999. These eight baby elephants arrived at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphanage on the outskirts of Nairobi during an intense drought and increase in ivory poaching. Daphne Sheldrick (who penned the introduction) has pioneered a technique for raising baby elephants and rhinoceroses for eventual return to the wild. It involves 24-hour care and attendance by a dedicated group of caretakers: the little elephants are encouraged, cajoled, stroked, and continuously handled to encourage bonding, for without this bond they would die. The care and concern pictured in Ellis' heartwarming photos must be seen to be believed. The intimate text explains the reasons for many of the techniques used when rearing baby elephants and is often as evocative as the photos. The journey of the Orphan 8 to Tsavo National Park, where they are adopted by Malaika (herself a graduate of the orphanage), completes the story. Nancy Bent
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Format: Hardcover
The photography is amazing and that alone is worth getting this book. However the stories behind each picture and story of each member of the Orphan 8 are extremely touching, and provide a wonderful insight between humans and elephants. It will leave you in awe of the difference the wonderful people at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust make in this endeavor to help save the African Elephant.
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Bought this for my niece, she loves it. Beautiful photography.
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Fascinating stories about the 8 orphaned elephants. A joy to read.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0b0fcf0) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0xa0152204) out of 5 stars Fantastic Sept. 8 2002
By Pamela Bloom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The photography is amazing and that alone is worth getting this book. However the stories behind each picture and story of each member of the Orphan 8 are extremely touching, and provide a wonderful insight between humans and elephants. It will leave you in awe of the difference the wonderful people at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust make in this endeavor to help save the African Elephant.
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HASH(0xa013bfb4) out of 5 stars Captivating Photographic Essay of Orphaned African Elephants Nov. 20 2004
By mirasreviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Photographer Gerry Ellis spent 2 years with the orphaned elephants of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust at the Nairobi National Park in Kenya in order to document the rescues, daily lives and preparation to return to the wild for these young elephants who have fallen victim to natural and unnatural disasters. In the summer of 1999, prolonged drought and increased ivory poaching brought brought more orphaned baby elephants to the Trust in one season that it had seen in the entire previous decade. Gerry Ellis followed, photographed, and got to know 8 of the young elephants who were one month to one year old when they arrived at the Wildlife Trust. Through more than 100 photographs and accompanying text, we meet the "Orphan 8", learn of the challenges of raising them, observe as the youngsters recover from their injuries and fear, adjust to life at the Trust, develop relationships with one another and with their human keepers, and, after 2 years, move to Tsavo National Park, where they will eventually be released into the wild. An essay by Gerry Ellis introduces each of the book's 6 chapters. Detailed explanations accompany all photographs -not as captions, but full-sized text. I've long been a fan of Gerry Ellis' fine art nature photography, but "Wild Orphans" is fantastic photojournalism and more personal work than I have seen from Ellis before. Ellis' love for this project shows. Admirers of elephants and those concerned with their fate -or that of African wildlife in general- won't want to miss "Wild Orphans".
HASH(0xa013b27c) out of 5 stars Saving Elephants in a unique way - April 4 2015
By C. Dietrich - Published on Amazon.com
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I actually visited the 'Wild Orphans' Park when I was in Nairobi, Kenya about 5 years ago. This is why the "Wild Orphans" book appealed to me.

The close and caring bond between the Keepers and the young elephants was immediately obvious to me. Because the baby elephants will be re-introduced to the wild, if possible, the orphans are protected as visitors are not allowed more than one hour per day to view them.
The book tells the true story beginning with the plight of the elephant, not only in Kenya, but elsewhere from poaching, drought,,environmental forces and human interference. - to the rescue, care, training and ultimately,their reintroduction to the wild. This Wildlife Trust is saving baby elephants in a unique way. I found the facts provided by the dedicated Keepers who live, eat, sleep and play with the little pachyderms to be especially touching.

The book, Wild Orphans, was interesting to me because of my visit there. I think anyone who cares about African wildlife, particularly elephants will enjoy both the photographs and the true story told in this book.
HASH(0xa013b900) out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOOK … Dec 11 2013
By S. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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An important story, and a first hand look at the remarkable lives of these African elephants and their Tenders, the compassionate, generous staff of the Trust sanctuary. I have introduced this book to others of every age, found that the book, its photographs and the story of the elephants captivates all. It often initiates a deeper understanding of, engagement with issues for wildlife protection and global ecology.
HASH(0xa014572c) out of 5 stars Orphaned Elephants Beibg Cared For... Feb. 22 2015
By Envirojoe55 - Published on Amazon.com
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The story of an orphanage for elephants where young Africans devote their time to pulling these animals through. Gerry Ellis, gifted photographer and writer tells the story, the only redeeming part of how human greed for ivory is moving the elephant population to extinction, is the fact the young elephants are nursed along and the need far outstrips the resources.


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