The Elephant Whisperer: Learning About Life, Loyalty and Freedom From a Remarkable Herd of Elephants


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The chapters on poaching and gang like activities on the part of people native to the area as well as the tangled up relations amongst all the different types of people trying to make a life in South African was really eye-opening. How when his flight was canceled at one point, the elephants actually reversed their procession to greet him. But this is not. One feels quite as though one is losing a friend. And of course problems with the animals. I'm sure he is missed. They looked at us languidly, but it was hard not to feel startled at being so close to these predators out in the open.

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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. In , prize-winning conservationist Anthony The Elephant Whisperer: Learning About Life, Loyalty and Freedom From a Remarkable Herd of Elephants - Kindle edition by Anthony Lawrence. But he was the herd's last chance of survival - notorious escape artists, they would As Lawrence battled to create a bond with the elephants and save them from The Elephant Whisperer: Learning about Life, Loyalty and Freedom from a of elephants into his Zululand Reserve are beautiful, frightening and a great read.

Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Inetrade India. The Hidden Life of Trees: Sold by Amazing Buy and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. Sponsored products related to this item What's this? Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Customers who bought this item also bought. Whispers From the Wild. Running Away from Elephants: The Adventures of a Wildlife Biologist. About the Author Lawrence Anthony was a highly-respected conservationist and co-founder of The Earth Organization, an international environmental group. To get the free app, enter mobile phone number.

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Skip to main content. International delivery varies by country, please see the Wordery store help page for details. See details and exclusions. See all 18 brand new listings. Not only does he teach, but Mr Anthony primarily learns from his experiences. He learns from the elephants, particularly about their incredible ability to communicate, and at the end of the book he summarises what he has learned from them and pays homage to them.

There are wonderful descriptions of the South African outback and he mentions for example that Thula Thula has identified species of birds. Plum-coloured starlings, turquoise European rollers that winter with us, the gorgeous bush-shrike, blood-red narina trojans and countless others boasting plumages so flamboyant, the visual feast was unbelievable.

Catching sight of a gwala gwala in flight, the only time it flashes its vivid scarlet wing feathers, can send the soul soaring. When huge deadly snakes appear in his own garden and home they are carefully caught and released in the reserve. Shotguns are on hand, but they are only used in situations of extreme danger to humans.

Mr Anthony was not only concerned with conservation in South Africa; together with a colleague he went to Baghdad to save animals at the Baghdad Zoo after the invasion in Iraq. He discusses this briefly in this book, but he wrote Babylon's Ark: Lawrence Anthony suffered a heart attack and passed away in The elephant herd that he had rescued and given a home in lined up at his homestead for a two day vigil when he died, and apparently each year on the anniversary of his death they arrive once again at the same spot.

To me, the only good cage is an empty cage. Thula means 'hush', but here the meaning is 'peace and tranquility', and many a baby has been lulled to sleep with the lullaby known as 'Thula Baba' - Pumeza Matshikiza does a lovely rendition of this. It can be good muthi, or bad muthi, the latter always associated with witchcraft. View all 36 comments. I'm starting to get bored with the various "whisperers. So I wish this book had a different title. That aside, this is a fantastic book about some of nature's most beautiful and amazing animals.

One day, he gets a call from someone offering him a herd of nine elephants for the preserve. The herd is apparently "rogue I'm starting to get bored with the various "whisperers. The herd is apparently "rogue. They've escaped several times from their current home. And the matriarch thinks nothing of grabbing an electric wire, and taking the 8, volts of electricity long enough to short the wire or tear it down to clear a path for escape.

If Anthony refuses to take the elephants, they'll all be shot.

So he says yes. By the time the elephants arrive at Thula Thula, the herd is down to seven.

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Their previous owners shot the matriarch and her baby so they wouldn't "cause any more trouble. And the herd hates humans even more than it did before. The elephants escape Thula Thula within 24 hours of their arrival. There's a struggle to recapture them, so that people in nearby villages won't kill them. And when they finally get back to Thula Thula, Anthony has to practically live with them to prevent them from escaping again. He needs to teach them to like or at least tolerate people without domesticating them - a difficult balance, but he succeeds.

Anthony is then offered another troubled elephant - one who is all alone because the rest of her herd has been shot or sold, and who fears humans. He has to start the process all over again. It's amazing how the elephants change - and how quickly they do. I fell in love with the elephants.

I fell in love with Max, Anthony's Staffordshire terrier who has no problem taking on a wild boar or a cobra he kills the cobra. And I really respect Anthony for his knowledge of the wildlife and his general goodness. If there's anything seriously wrong with this book, I can't find it. View all 5 comments. I found the summary interesting and later got the book. It has been a very fascinating and highly recommended read. The story is about Lawrence Anthony and his experience with a herd of wild elephants. Lawrence owns the Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa.

He gets a call one day asking if he is interested in having a herd of wild elephants. These elephants are notorious in breaking away from their sanctuaries and have been so far unmanageable. If he declines, the elephants would be shot. Keen to save the elephants, he accepts to receive them. In preparation for receiving the elephants, an electrified fence is erected including inspection by forest authorities. The day the elephants arrive, they break out from the fence at night. A search was launched, and they were brought back to the reserve sedated.

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They make another attempt to escape, but Lawrence comes in front of them, talking to them in a soft tone. The matriarch Nana then backed off from the fence with the rest of the herd following her. The story from then on is how he gradually wins the trust of the herd.

Once the matriarch Nana trusts him, the rest of the herd follows. Over time, the herd multiplies and grows to double the number. There are also challenges from poachers in the vicinity. There are also stories of their extraordinary intuition. Every time Lawrence returned from a visit somewhere, the elephants used to visit his house to welcome him back without fail.

There is also one instance where his return was delayed, and the elephants went back and returned at the exact time he came back! As the elephants settle into their habitat, Lawrence gradually reduces his contact with them, allowing them to be in the wild. They also are at peace and do not mind visitors to the game reserve watching them. The Elephant Whisperer is a touching story of the amazing capabilities of elephants and the story of how humans can reach out to them.

As you read the book, you are drawn to the identity and personality of each of the elephants. Lawrence notes that most of us are under the false belief that effective communication is the sole monopoly of humans. As also the belief that only we are capable of a wide range of emotions.

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Nothing is far from the truth. He also goes on to say how important preservation is, and not in cages. The best cage is an empty one! Once I finished reading the book I searched the internet to see if there are more books by the author. I did find a couple and plan to read them including one on how he tries his best to save the animals in the Baghdad zoo during the gulf war. I also found sadly that Lawrence expired of a heart attack in When Lawrence passed away, the elephants he rescued and nurtured came visting to his house to pay their last respects.

They travelled several miles and came in two separate herds, and stayed there for two days solemnly in mourning. View all 6 comments. Aug 28, Lisa rated it it was amazing. If you are interested in animals, nature, true stories of incredible interactions between animals and humans and certain conservation issues that South Africa faces, this is a 10 star read.

I read that the author of this book recently passed away and that the elephants he interacted with for many years instinctively traveled a very long way on foot over many, many miles to come and visit him at the place where he passed away. Oct 25, Monty rated it it was amazing. I just had to give this book five stars, though four may fit as well. When I read that, after the author died recently, the herd of elephants he befriended traveled many miles to stand near his body, without there being any means of informing them of his death, I was inspired to read this book he published in I was hooked by the first chapter and wanted more after the last chapter.

There is so much to say about how each chapter had its own adventure, some complete with puzzles, tension and I just had to give this book five stars, though four may fit as well. There is so much to say about how each chapter had its own adventure, some complete with puzzles, tension and excitement. The entire book was informative, not only about elephants, but about other animals, including snakes, vultures, baboons, insects, dogs and more. There was also much to learn about the Zulu culture.

The author was remarkable because he would follow his intuition about situations rather than standard advice, often while fearing his actions could bring about his demise. The way he earned the trust of the elephants was amazing. Blah, blah--so read the book already!

View all 3 comments. Anthony does a magnificent job of sharing his story of settling a herd of seven wild elephants on his 5, acres of bush in Zululand, South Africa. I respect his decision to try to extend the reserve to include the neighboring tribal land so that a greater number of wild animals might live comfortably without interference.

The elephants get the credit they deserve for being remarkably intelligent and resilient, despite extremely harsh treatment and bad memories early on. It is a source of great Anthony does a magnificent job of sharing his story of settling a herd of seven wild elephants on his 5, acres of bush in Zululand, South Africa. It is a source of great happiness that there are such people working tirelessly to create an environment of inclusion in a world that increasingly seems focused on self-aggrandizement.

Nana had learned many tricks about escaping from electrified enclosures from her earlier mentor and the herd often worked in concert to outwit their captors. Slowly, over a period of weeks, he managed to make Nana understand that their new home could be a place of comfort and peace. Anthony shares his experiences in words and photos, and tells of difficulties with poachers, local tribal courts, unruly bushrangers, and with the wild elephants themselves.

When money gets tight, he is forced to open a tourist lodge to host foreign guests, but does it with customary goodwill and bonhomie. Late in the book, Anthony tells us he and one of his rangers went to Baghdad during the early part of the Iraq War to help save the zoo animals, and wrote a book about the experience called Babylon's Ark: His ranger then went on to Kabul, Afghanistan, to do the same thing there. The experience of living in the bush with these resourceful folks and animals over the period of time it takes to read the book is wonderfully energizing and one hates to leave their company at the end.

One feels quite as though one is losing a friend. Anthony is not simply an elephant whisperer, but fortunately a man who spoke to us, too. Lawrence Anthony died March 2, at the age of sixty-one. His obituary in The Telegraph of Britain is here. Graham Spence is a journalist and native Zimbabwean who co-wrote three books with Lawrence Anthony. He also writes fiction.

A short bio is here. Animal lovers, listen up! Awesome narration by Simon Vance. This narration won the Audie Award I could listen to him forever. This "true" account is absolute joy, even though there are some anxious and sad times. I felt so good while reading it — never wanted it to end. I cried a bit, too. The book comes with photos. Some are posted at the author's website: While the main focus is on the supposedly rogue elephant herd, there is much more to this book: Never a dull moment.

Hoorah for Lawrence Anthony referred to in the Zulu tongue by a title that sounded like In-koo-loo. I feel like I know him now. He seemed grateful for his good fortune and honest about his mistakes. I felt his joy, frustration, anger, and pain. There's some preaching or soap-boxing, but it's minimal and bothered me not at all. Lots of love to Nana, the wise old matriarch elephant, and to her fiercely protective sister Frankie. Love to Nanzham the adolescent orphaned bull, and to baby Thula, wrong-footed but right-hearted. Highest regards to my poor traumatized orphaned adolescent girl, ET. Huzzah for all the brave dogs, especially Max and Penny.

What a fabulous narrator! View all 12 comments. I cried openly the day I found out Steve Irwin died. After a boyhood in the African bush, Antony sets up his game reserve of Thula Thula. Here, he celebrates the plant and animals in vivid descriptions of their color, form, and raw tenacity to survive. Antony has a similar struggle to keep Thula Thula running. Anthony is never without his firearm as he and his tough-as-nails and tender-hearted rangers battle poachers, evade lions and leopards in the African night, avoid potential assassinations by land-grabbers, and string and restring and restring hundreds of miles of electric fence to protect the animals from the outside world.

And it was all the more sacred because the will of a dedicated, passionate group of people poured their love into the place. The characters are real. The place is real. The elephants are larger than life. And there are cool dogs. Oct 16, Una Tiers rated it really liked it. Very interesting reports on the smarts elephants have although the story leaves things out that I wanted to know about.

The business of side of safaris would have been a plus. It would have been nice to see photos of the animals. Mar 08, Gary rated it it was amazing. This is party recounted in this book. The author's love of the animals here is felt palpably in the pages of the book. It is a memoir that will keep you captivated. We learn of how the elephants would come out in a herd to greet Lawrence, and would actually start their procession when he was on the way back to the reserve. How when his flight was canceled at one point, the elephants actually reversed their procession to greet him.

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The mourning of the animals for young ones in their herd, the way that elephants herd guided a angry and half-demented bull away from the author and his colleagues, when it was about to charge. Interesting people such as Lawrence's French wife, Fracoise and the intrepid game ranger, David. The accounts you can read of the mourning by the elephants after the passing of Lawrence Anthony, show us how animals have feelings often as deep as that of humans, and their attachments to both other animals and their human friends.

And how they grieve the loss of their loved ones. Oct 01, Michael Perkins rated it it was amazing. The translucent orange and lavender skies. The thrum of life beneath your feet. The fingers of wind that caress. The giraffes, the lions, the leopards, the cheetahs, the hyenas, the wild dogs, the black rhinos and, of course, the magisterial elephants.

Our first stop was Cape Town. The drive from the airport takes you past Cape Flats, a remnant of apartheid that displays small, boxed dwellings that stretch as far as the eye can see, housing the poorest of the poor. South of Cape Town, down the peninsula, takes you to Cape Point, populated by aggressive baboons that just as soon steal your food as look at you. Farther north, still, you can see the famous, flying Great Whites that haunt Seal Island.

This meant a flight north of Cape Town in a small plane to a private game reserve. As the plane touched down on the narrow airstrip and the storks scattered, we felt at once relief and excitement. Upon embarking from the plane, we were greeted by our amiable ranger-guide, Hermann Loubser.