'You would be mistaken to think that this is just another natural history book. Lawrence Anthony's experiences with a herd of elephants that visit his nature reserve is told with humour, and sometimes sadness, as he tries to keep the herd safe.' --The Independent on Sunday
'From page one of The Elephant Whisperer by South African conversationalist Lawrence Anthony, I was smitten...It's a roller coaster ride of emotions, from hysterical to sad, and so full of great characters, both human and animal...the book is one of my most treasured possessions' --Cosmopolitan
When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of 'rogue' elephants on his reserve at Thula Thula, his commonsense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival - notorious escape artists, they would all be killed if Lawrence wouldn't take them. He agreed, but before arrangements for the move could be completed the animals broke out again and the matriarch and her baby were shot. The remaining elephants were traumatised and very angry. As soon as they arrived at Thula Thula they started planning their escape... As Lawrence battled to create a bond with the elephants and save them from execution, he came to realise that they had a lot to teach him about love, loyalty and freedom. Set against the background of life on the reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, this is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers everywhere.
About the Author
Lawrence Anthony is a highly-respected conservationist and co-founder of The Earth Organization. His previous title, Babylon's Ark, about his involvement in saving the animals in Baghdad Zoo, is being made into a major film. Graham Spence is a freelance journalist and author.