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The Elephant Whisperer ❰Read❯ ➪ The Elephant Whisperer Author Lawrence Anthony – 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 o 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 The Elephant PDF/EPUB ² 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.

10 thoughts on “The Elephant Whisperer

  1. Lisa Lisa says:

    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

  2. Christina Christina says:

    I'm starting to get bored with the various whisperers Especially since most of them don't do any actual whispering to the animals in uestionSo I wish this book had a different titleThat aside this is a fantastic book about some of nature's most beautiful and amazing animals I LOVE elephantsLawrence Anthony runs a nature preserve in South Africa called Thula Thula One day he gets a call from someone offering him a herd of nine elephants for the preserve The herd is apparently rogue They hate people They've escaped several times from their current home And the matriarch thinks nothing of grabbing an electric wire and taking the 8000 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 yesBy the time the elephants arrive at Thula Thula the herd is down to seven Their previous owners shot the matriarch and her baby so they wouldn't cause any trouble You learn later that it's not the elephants who are the problem And the herd hates humans even than it did beforeThe 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 succeedsAnthony 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 againIt's amazing how the elephants change and how uickly they doI 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 goodnessIf there's anything seriously wrong with this book I can't find it

  3. Bharath Bharath says:

    I chanced upon a reference to the book “The Elephant Whisperer” by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence while reading an article on the internet I found the summary interesting and later got the book It has been a very fascinating and highly recommended readThe 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 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 themThe 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 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 oneOnce I finished reading the book I searched the internet to see if there are 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 2012 However read this and many other similar news items on the internet 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 According to Anthony’s son Dylan both herds arrived at the Anthony family compound shortly after his death their last visit was several months back

  4. Monty Monty says:

    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 2009 I was hooked by the first chapter and wanted after the last chapter 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 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

  5. Trish Trish says:

    Anthony does a magnificent job of sharing his story of settling a herd of seven wild elephants on his 5000 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 happiness that there are such people working tirelessly to create an environment of inclusion in a world that increasingly seems focused on self aggrandizementNana becomes the troubled herd’s defacto matriarch after the herd’s real matriarch is shot and killed just prior to the herd’s transfer to Thula Thula Anthony’s game reserve in 1999 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 Happily Anthony seemed to understand that a calming presence and personal connection with the lead elephant could make a difference to the herd’s peace of mind Slowly over a period of weeks he managed to make Nana understand that their new home could be a place of comfort and peace They stayed and thrived becoming important members of the reserve’s wildlife bountyAnthony 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 bonhomieLate in the book Anthony tells us he and one of his rangers went to Baghdad during the early part of the Ira War to help save the zoo animals and wrote a book about the experience called Babylon's Ark The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo 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 uite as though one is losing a friend Anthony is not simply an elephant whisperer but fortunately a man who spoke to us tooLawrence Anthony died March 2 2012 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

  6. Anne ✨ Anne ✨ says:

    45 A touching memoir of a South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony and his wildlife game reserve in Zululand The book focuses on his taking in a herd of rogue wild elephants the adventures that ensued and the incredible connections Lawrence formed with them as they learned to trust him More than just feel good animal rescue story Lawrence also includes insight on the challenges of running a wildlife reserve and the ever present danger of poachers So don't let the whisperer title make you think it's just another of those sappy animal lover readsI found Lawrence Anthony a charismatic strong storyteller who appreciates the humor in situations so this is an entertaining enjoyable storyThe audio narration by Simon Vance is wonderful and earned a Audie Award for BiographyMemoir in 2014

  7. Jim Kristofic Jim Kristofic says:

    I cried openly the day I found out Steve Irwin died I’ve always been a naturalist at heart and I have great respect for those who passionately strive to conserve the animals and plant life of this Earth After reading Laurence Anthony’s “The Elephant Whisperer” I was glad to see a kindred spirit to Irwin alive and daring working in his native Africa with local Zulus game rangers and international conservationists to preserve the powerful – yet fragile – existence of a herd of “rogue” African elephants 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 Make no mistake this book is not just a Walden esue existential meander with elephants on the side 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 worldBy the book’s end Thula Thula was a sacred place for me And it was all the 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 Who couldn’t love that?

  8. Karen Karen says:

    This memoir about a herd of 'rogue' elephants and conservationist Lawrence on his reserve in Africa is feel good and informative at the same time The audiobook won an Audie and it is well deserved as it is a great listen I thoroughly enjoyed this and would definitely recommend it

  9. Gary Gary says:

    This book is completely out of my normal selection but so glad I chose to read it I have always had a fascination and fondness of elephants and it was mainly the reason I started reading itThis book is a real treat written by South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony who tells of his exploits when he accepted a herd of 'rogue' elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa Against all advice he took on the herd and told that it was their last chance of survival as they were to be killed if he didn't take them Before the move was complete the elephants broke out again and the matriarch and her baby were shot the remaining elephants were traumatised dangerous and very angry As soon as they arrived at Thula Thula they started planning their escape making life for Lawrence even harder and difficult for him to create a bond with the elephants and save them from execution This book is full of joy and sadness but will not only appeal to animal lovers but also others who just like a good readFor me it one of those books that as soon as I had finished reading it I wanted to learn about it and tell others about it

  10. Joy D Joy D says:

    “In 1999 I was asked to accept a herd of troubled wild elephants on my game reserve I had no inkling of the escapades and adventures I was about to embark upon I had no idea how challenging it would be or how much my life would be enriched The adventure has been both physical and spiritual Physical in the sense that it was action from the word go as you will see in the following pages; spiritual because these giants of the planet took me deep into their world” – Lawrence Anthony The Elephant WhispererFascinating memoir of the adventurous life of wildlife conservationist Lawrence Anthony head of Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand Kwa Zulu Natal province South Africa In the early years of his custodianship of Thula Thula he took in a herd of troubled elephants who were about to be destroyed This is the story of how he developed a special relationship with these animals to help them get over their belligerent dealings with humans He lived in the bush next to them as they adapted to life in the wilds of the reserve It shows how humans and animals can form close bonds and how animals communicate in ways we do not always understand This book is so much than a “book about elephants” though they play a starring role It covers interactions with a wide range of other wildlife including the leopard hyena kudu lion rhino cape buffalo crocodile and His pet dogs are featured and human interactions are not neglected It was particularly interesting to read of his dealings with poachers rangers officials and Zulu leaders In fact it includes a great deal of history culture traditions spiritual beliefs of the neighboring Zulu tribes as well as the impact of the former apartheid policies This book contains story after story of wild adventures that take place over an undefined number of years which are well chosen for their level of significance adventure danger or comedic effect For example there are stories of trying to herd a mfezi Mozambican spitting cobra out of his and his wife’s bedroom and an escaping cape buffalo that chases one of the reserve staff around a vehicle The book flows in a “never a dull moment” style though the writing is choppy at times and the book is really a series of short episodes rather than single a cohesive story The elephants are the “characters” and each has a distinct personality The author employs humor but does not shy away from the gut wrenching and sad parts of the life in the African wilderness I was so enthralled that I kept telling my friends and family about these anecdotes and was inspired to do further research This book will appeal to anyone with a passion for animals concern about wildlife conservation or desire to find out what it is like to operate a game preserve in Africa “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

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