The Elephant Whisperer

The Elephant Whisperer

My Life With the Herd in the African Wild

Paperback - 2009
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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. --Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, c2009.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250007810
Characteristics: 368 pages, [8] pages of plates :,color illustrations, portraits ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Spence, Graham - Author


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Feb 04, 2020

Truly an amazing real-life story of a sanctuary for animals, for locals working with the animals and the love shown from both sides with these wild animals and the ones running the reserve. I read it in kindle format and then gave a paperback copy to my 13 year old grandson. The paperback version had some amazing photos of the animals and the protagonist that really helped the story to come to life more.

LPL_SarahM Dec 17, 2019

I saw a meme on facebook about Lawrence Anthony and how, when he died, the herd of elephants he saved walked 20 miles and kept vigil outside of his home. One year later, to the day, they did the exact same thing. I requested this book the next day. I learned so much about elephants and how they communicate. It is a beautiful collection of stories about life on a wildlife preserve.

May 25, 2018

Lawrence Anthony died 400 miles away from Thula Thula Preserve, but the elephants knew. I read an article about how they gathered near his former home to mourn his passing, and put this on my to-read list. I am ashamed to say it took me a couple years to get to it. Although he digresses from the story of elephants at times, this is an amazing story. If you like Koko the gorilla, Jane Goodall, and Disney movies about animals from the 50s, 60s and 70s, you will love this book. I cried when animals died. Laughed at the crazy stuff that went on, and tried so hard to understand Zulu culture that I went to bed twice with a head ache. Don't put off reading this book. It is a treasure.
Are you aware that the phrase "dumb animal" means only that animals cannot speak English? If you read this book, you will consider that humans are the "dumb animals" because they only respond to one kind of communication. (Don't say I didn't warn you.)

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.

Jun 23, 2016

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

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.

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.

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

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.

FW_librarian 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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