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5.0 out of 5 stars AN ELEPHANT CALLED ELEANOR, 13 Feb 2011
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Dr S. S. Nagi "Nyrobe" (united kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: An Elephant Called Eleanor (Hardcover)
Thia book was first published in 1980, has 128 pages, 59 B/W photos but no maps. DR DAME DAPHNE SHELDRICK (DAPHNE MARJORIE JENKINS) was born on 4.6.1934 in Kenya. She was educated at NAKURU primary school and Kenya high school in 1950. In June 1953, she married William Woodley and had daughter JILL in January 1955. After their divorce in July 1960, Dame Daphne married DAVID SHELDRICK (23.11.1919 to 13.6.1977) and their daughter ANGELA was born. From 1955 to 1976, David Sheldrick was Warden of Tsavo National Park and after his death from heart attack in NAIROBI, Dr Dame Daphne formed DSWT (David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust). She was awarded MBE in 1989. In 2006, THE QUEEN appointed her as a Dame Commander of British Empire, first knighthood to be awarded in Kenya since its independence on 12.12.1963. Dame Daphne lives in Nairobi National Park.
ELEANOR is 10 feet tall and weighed 4 tons, large ears and trunk and she lives in Tsavo National Park. The Sheldrick house was near the Park Headquarters open to the wild Nyika (Wilderness). The lions roared and roared until the windows rattled on their hinges. Poaching has been a menace in Tsavo. A large number of "small" and "big" orphans of wildlife were raised by Dame Daphne. Eleanor as orphaned elephant was also a friend and her life began in SAMBURU in 1958. She was found standing alone at the age of 2 , with her mother dead from a poisoned arrow. She was moved by lorry to Mountain National Park at ABERDARES. In 1965, she even played a small part in "BORN FREE" movie, chased by ELSA (Mara). Then she was taken to Nairobi National Park and later moved back to Tsavo to be with other "ORPHANS OF TSAVO".
With red dust of Tsavo, Eleanor soon looked true Tsavo red elephant. At the age of 7, she became leader of the orphans of Tsavo. David and Daphne would walk with Eleanor in the Nyika amongst wild elephants. When a teenager, Eleanor, felt the call of the wild. Then few more baby orphan elephants were cared for , Raru, Bukanezi,Sobo, Samson, and Gulliver. And some 'extras', which were wild elephant babies Eleanor used to bring along. Eleanor helps to capture 2 poachers and 8 ivory tusks buried near the VOI river. Eleanor still lives in Tsavo and was seen with her own baby. She still adopts young elephants and guides them in the nyika. At least 116 elephants have been released, 56 in the wild and there have been 26 in the orphanage at DSWT in Nairobi, Kenya.
You can foster Eleanor or other orphans at DSWT and visit them at NAIROBI and VOI. WE have fostered elephant babies and rhino and have visited DSWT orphanage at Nairobi and voi 4 times and luckily managed to have a photo with Dame Daphne in 2005. The orphanage is open daily between 11 am and 12 noon. (Fee currently KS300). There are some excellent B/W photos of young Dame Daphne and her family and the orphans of Tsavo, in this book. Other books with similar theme are:-
(1) Orphans of Tsavo, Dame Daphne 1966 (1977)
(2) Tsavo Story (Animal Kingdom), Dame Daphne 1973
(3) My Four Footed Family, Dame Daphne 1979
(4) Elephant People, Dennis Holman 1967
(5) Elephant at Sundown, Dennis Holman 1978
(6) Tsavo National Park, Cynthia Hunter 1971
DVD/VHS with similar theme are:-
(1) An Elephant Called Slowly, Virginia Mckenna/Bill Travers 1969 (2000)
(2) Sierra Club Series, Orphans of Tsavo, Dame Daphne VHS 1988
(3) Bloody Ivory,(BBC) Simon Trevor 1970
(4) Kenya Trilogy, Orphans of Tsavo, Dame Daphne VHS 1997
(5) Elephant Diaries I, Dame Daphne 2007
(6) Elephant Diaries II, Dame Daphne 2009
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.
Read and ENJOY.
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