The Elephant Whisperer

The Elephant Whisperer

My Life With the Herd in the African Wild

Book - 2009
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Anthony relates a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad account of his experiences with a herd of troubled elephants that found refuge in his South African wildlife reserve.
It had been nearly a century since elephants had lived in Southern Zululand, South Africa, where Lawrence Anthony founded his Thula Thula wildlife reserve. Yet one day a phone call changed all that. A troubled, unpredictable herd needed a new home. In order to save their lives, Lawrence took them in, and in the years that followed found that they had a lot to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom. He tells of hair-raising fights with poachers, of elephants as surprise dinner guests, of raising a baby elephant in his home, and other stories.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312565787
031256578X
Characteristics: 368 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Spence, Graham

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Ts_MamaBear
Dec 31, 2016

This one has been on my "to read" list for a while now, and I am SO VERY glad that I picked it up. Once I picked it up, I did not want to put it down.

Such wonderful writing - and you fall in love with the characters in this real-life story very quickly. I laughed, I cried - very endearing, and paints a mesmerizing picture within each chapter.

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Peggy_books
Jun 23, 2016

So vivid the stories made me feel I was there. I fell in love with the elephants.

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maxmillan
Oct 31, 2015

This book is well written. I've even copied some quotes to express the disappointment I feel about poachers and trophy hunters. A couple of comments here seem to miss the message that Lawrence Anthony is trying to tell the readers the importance of elephants and how they communicate. I think it's wrong to call it anthropomorphism. Elephants do have the emotions detailed in this book and to discount it simply as instinctual justifies poachers and trophy hunters. His writing made me chuckle and cry. I can feel the passion he has for all wildlife through his words and actions and I can empathize when he rejoices and when he is heartbroken. This is a great book even if you are not interested or know anything about elephants. It will draw you in to become an advocate for wildlife preservation. I highly suggest this book and Daphne Sheldrick's, "An African Love Story." Both books will take your emotions on a roller coaster ride.

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Eil_1
Jun 23, 2015

For anyone who loves these magnificent animals, this is a MUST read. Beginning with the introduction into Lawrence's protection of Nana and her family, the saga unfolds to show the unbelievable intelligence of these wondrous creatures, and their journey of sharing their gifts with Anthony.

It would be a well-advised book for those in high school to help them learn about the nature of these creatures.

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Urbano
Jun 14, 2015

“But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.”
― Lawrence Anthony

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randalljay
Jan 06, 2015

It's interesting but I don't like the anthrophmorphism of animals. Although we like to think of the ones we like as having human feelings, they don't. And we see that in this book.
No doubt, however, that we have to save these beasts. I have experienced elephants in the wild in Africa and it is an amazing and moving experience.

FederalWayEdna Nov 05, 2014

Remarkable story of Lawrence Anthony's endeavor to accept and protect a herd of "rogue" elephants on a South African reserve. The book reads like an adventure novel with unnerving descriptions of close calls, heartbreaking events, trustworthy and not so trustworthy rangers and South African natives.

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jjana
Jan 25, 2014

Wonderful, exciting, adventure of a true life story :)

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maggiemjm
Oct 28, 2013

A telling and wonderful story about the life of elephants and game reserves. I loved this book, as an animal lover and conservationist, I felt this told the true story of the fight to save elephants and all the creatures of the African wild. Read it - use it as a reference if you need one, that we need to change our ways if we are to keep these incredible animals.

Goober1950 Aug 07, 2011

Excellent for learning about bush life and tribal culture.

Writing not terribly exciting.

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Jun 23, 2015

Eil_1 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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