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The Last Rhinos: The Powerful Story of One Man's Battle to Save a Species [Unabridged] [Hardcover]

Lawrence Anthony , Graham Spence
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12 April 2012
Lawrence Anthony's South African game reserve is home to many animals he has saved, from a remarkable herd of elephants to a badly behaved bushbaby called George. Described as 'the Indiana Jones of conservation', when one of his rhinos was brutally slaughtered for her horn, he didn't hesitate to lead an armed response against the poachers. Then he learned that there were only a handful of northern white rhinos left in the wild, living in an area of the Congo controlled by the infamous Lord's Resistance Army and soon to be hunted into extinction. Lawrence knew he had to take action. What followed was an extraordinary adventure, as he headed into the jungle to negotiate with the rebels, while battling to save his own animals from terrible drought and to save the eyesight of his beloved elephant matriarch Nana. The Last Rhinos is peopled with unforgettable characters, both human and animal, and is a sometimes funny, sometimes moving, always exciting read. 'Anthony was a charismatic figure whose life combined Gerald Durrell-esque animal antics with Wilbur Smith bush heroics . . . a rattling read with an urgent message' BBC Wildlife Magazine

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson; Unabridged edition (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283071702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283071706
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Lawrence Anthony --"The Guardian "(UK) "Anthony has made a difference in the lives of many magnificent animals who otherwise would have been lost to the world." --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." --RALPH HELFER, author of "Modoc""Anthony's enthusiasm and obvious love for the bush shine through in hair-raising, sad, and funny tales."--"Booklist""Anthony deserves tremendous credit for his fearlessness and perseverance in rescuing countless animals against all odds." --"The Explorer's Journal"

About the Author

Lawrence Anthony was a highly respected conservationist and founder of The Lawrence Anthony Foundation. He was awarded the UN's Earth Day Medal for his rescue of Baghdad Zoo during the invastion of Iraq. Graham Spence is a freelance journalist and author. They are the authors of The Elephant Whisperer and Babylon's Ark.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing stuff 12 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I picked up The Elephant Whisperer on a whim before heading off on safari.. and promptly spent a whole day after a game drive bursting into tears by the lodge pool. The minute I finished I downloaded The Last Rhinos and kinda sobbed through most of that too - the situation with poaching is desperately sad and yet so inspiring that Lawrence Anthony never stopped trying to find some new solution to make a difference. And what an effort he makes in this - tireless running around between reluctant governments and conservation organisations and, truly bizarrely, one of the world's most notorious 'warlords', Joseph Kony. And all on the faint hope that a few White Northern Rhinos still survived in remote DRC, and there was a possibility of finding them before the poachers did.

The incredible thing was that Lawrence was uniquely placed to instigate projects like these (due to contacts and specialist knowledge), and the story starts off as unlikely and gets more and more incredible as the Lord's Resistance Army gets involved. Although the events in this book took place a few years ago (2006 I believe), they seem oddly very relevant with the recent publicity surrounding Kony and, of course, the news that Lawrence himself passed away just a couple of months ago in March. Reading that in the epilogue hit me like a ton of bricks, I had no idea at all and it was a desperately sad finale after reading everything he had been through. This is such an inspiring and moving book - definitely read The Elephant Whisperer first but kudos to Graham Spence for crafting the true story into such readable and moving stuff.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly inspiring 26 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
i had the great fortune to go to thula thula in december. i urge anyone who can to go it brings to life these books. lawrence an immensely pasionate and brave man will be sorely missed . this book changes your perception of conservation and makes you realise how difficult it is and how dedicated anyone who is involved is. a brilliant book which i could not put down . praise for graham spence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spell-bound 24 April 2012
By Jag
I got this for my kindle as soon as I finished The Elephant Whisperer, his previous book, and was immediately hooked again.

It's an amazing series of books about an incredible man and while this does talk about the last rhinos it also talks about elephants (quite a lot) and the Lords Resistance Army. I was Very please to read about the elephants but think its a bit misleading from the title of he book. That's the only negative comment I will make.

What this makes you want to do is go out to Thula Thula today and see it up and close, it also makes you aware of the issues in modern conservation. It also made me much more educated about the Lords Resistance Army in general and after reading the book I have done quite a lot of research on them. Lawrence tells of his experience with the LRA openly and it is an incredible insight. Furthermore if one reads articles and opinions from people living in hat region they more or less say that hunting Kony is not the way forward.

Anyway, I recommend reading The Elephant Whisperer first and then this. Lastly, RIP Mr Anthony - your words and actions have profoundly moved me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 4 Jan 2013
By Vicky
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I simply couldn't put this book down. I have read Lawrence Anthony's previous books and knew this would be exciting - I just never knew how much! This brave man did what no other person would do, go into the jungle in DRC to talk and negotiate with some of the most wanted men on the planet to try and save a species. I can't think of a more selfless act.

RIP Lawrence Anthony - he is an inspiration to many.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very compelling story 29 Sep 2013
By Noel
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This is another very compelling story by Lawrence Anthony (with Graham Spence). His first book, 'The Elephant Whisperer' was an amazing account of how he acquired Thula Thula his private reserve in Kwa Zulu Natal and helped a herd of rogue elephants recover from their traumas. The Elephant Whisperer: Learning About Life, Loyalty and Freedom From a Remarkable Herd of Elephants

African rhinos are the victims of mass murder by ever more sophisticated and well financed poachers who gain untold wealth from the new rich in east Asia fuelled by the superstitious nonsense they espouse about the magical effect of rhino horn.

In 'The Last Rhinos' Lawrence Anthony has periods of recuperation in the restorative environment of Thula Thula but the main storyline of the book is worked out in North East Congo and Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan. That's because the last rhinos of the story are the final remnant of the northern white rhino species which are isolated and waiting a poacher's bullet in a nominal reserve in Northern Congo. That reserve happens to be home to other 'wildlife' in the form of the military command and foot soldiers of the Lord's Resistance Army who have been engaged in a savage war with the Ugandan army for 20 years or more.

In his effort to rescue the last remaining rhinos, Lawrence Anthony is drawn into the role of 'Godfather of Peace' for the LRA in the efforts to bring about a peace settlement between them and the Ugandan government. It is a remarkable account of how he became a trusted intermediary between the LRA and the outside world and is tasked by them to get the message across that they really want peace and to return home in peace to Uganda.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. A wonderful read
Brilliant. A wonderful read. Lawrence Anthony deserves an award.
Published 14 days ago by None
1.0 out of 5 stars ... hoping for a book about rhinos you will be disappointed. Page...
If you are hoping for a book about rhinos you will be disappointed. Page after page of African politics, travel details, negotiations between terrorists and governments. Read more
Published 20 days ago by J. Charlton
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read!
This is a fantastic book and I would encourage everyone to read it. You get a different perspective on conservation and conflict in Africa, while that topic sounds like it could be... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Daisy Kirkwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving story
As expected
Published 28 days ago by Charles Stewart Greaves
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is in excellent condition and delivery
Having already read this I ordered it for my 87 yr old mum. She is thoroughly enjoying it. Anyone interested in animals and conservation will find the facts & figures given in a... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Valerie Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very moving story and all credit top the author -everyone should read this that loves animals
Published 1 month ago by marie greenall
4.0 out of 5 stars Reading still in progress
Enjoyable read so far.
This is the last book in his trilogy, so it was important for me to read the complete set. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Lawrence Anthony is a truly inspiring man and his books reflect this - all 3 are hard to put down.
Published 2 months ago by Nici Wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
This is more than a book just about conservation and rhinos. The author tells about his battle to save endangered animals in the middle of a war zone. Read more
Published 3 months ago by scribbler
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story
From start to finish, I found it difficult to put the book down. Africa needs a lot more men like Lawrence. A modern day warrior fighting for a true cause.
Published 4 months ago by Rob Mc Intosh
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