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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According to Anthony’s son, Dylan, both herds arrived at the Anthony family compound shortly after his death (their last visit was several months back). I had the honor and privilege of working with conservationist Lawrence Anthony and co-author Graham Spence on this incredibly moving book. We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. From conservationists Lawrence Anthony and Françoise Malby-Anthony, founders of the Thula Thula wildlife reserve in South Africa, comes a charming, moving series about the power of a love for animals.

I send a big thank you to the Zulu people for creating and maintaining this magnificent wild game refuge. There is so much to say about how each chapter had its own adventure, some complete with puzzles, tension and excitement.The book focuses on his taking in a herd of "rogue" wild elephants, the adventures that ensued, and the incredible connections Lawrence formed with them as they learned to trust him. As the elephants settle into their habitat, Lawrence gradually reduces his contact with them, allowing them to be in the wild. What a lucky herd to have been given the chance to live at Thula Thula and to have an advocate on their side when no one else wanted them. Lawrence notes that most of us are under the false belief that effective communication is the sole monopoly of humans.

I found Lawrence Anthony a charismatic, strong storyteller, who appreciates the humor in situations, so this is an entertaining, enjoyable story. More than just feel-good animal rescue story, Lawrence also includes insight on the challenges of running a wildlife reserve and the ever-present danger of poachers.Hoorah for Lawrence Anthony (referred to in the Zulu tongue by a title that sounded like In-koo-loo). What follows is a fascinating tale of how he not only saved the herd, but also developed an unusual bond with them. The story is interspersed with tales of Anthony's French wife, Francoise, their dogs, the staff, and the Zulu culture. Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators and of course he does his usual excellent job narrating the book. Kudos to the local Zulu chieftain / king and his equally noble son: Oonkosee Bielah and his son Thee-why-Oonkosee-Bielah (no clue how to spell Zulu names).

We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. They travelled several miles and came in two separate herds, and stayed there for two days solemnly in mourning. Today, the elephants are 'completely wild and doing fine' according to Graham Spence, Anthony's brother-in-law and co-author of three books.I greatly regret that I have this on audiobook and did not to get to see the great pictures that everyone is referencing as being part of the book, still, what I lacked in actual photos the author (and the narrator, Simon Vance was wonderful) were able to paint very vivid images of Thula Thula and the herd of escapist, mistreated, rogue elephants that Anthony would eventually win over.

When I read that, after the author died recently, the herd of elephants he befriended traveled many miles to stand near his body, without there being any means of informing them of his death, I was inspired to read this book he published in 2009. While Anthony and his loving French partner, Francois were accustomed to a wide variety of African wildlife, they'd never encountered elephants nor had any of the local Zulu tribes.When you’re feeling down and out and defeated and ready to give up, read this inspiring book and share it widely with others. Ancient instincts awaken; forgotten skills are relearned, consciousness is sharpened and life thrums at a richer tempo. But it was the encounter with a massive bull elephant coming straight at us that had even our veteran guide alarmed.



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