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The elephant whisperer

Unread postby Impisi08 » Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:09 pm

I just finished reading the book "The elephant whisperer" from Lawrence Anthony & Graham Spence (ISBN 978-0-283-07087-7) and it is another book that I really enjoyed reading and want to recommend.

In 1999 Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of troubled elephants on his game reserve (Thula Thula in Zulu land). They would all be killed if Lawrence wouldn't take them. This book is about what happened. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad. It's not only about the elephants but also about the daily life in a game reserve.

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Re: The elephant whisperer

Unread postby Robbert » Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:44 pm

Thanks for the tip Perry!

We've been whispering a lot to ellies lately but their behaviour was a bit strange.... :wink:

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Re: The elephant whisperer

Unread postby annie R » Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:42 am

A friend gave me this book to read and I'm halfway through it and loving it. It's a lovely conservation story and gives insight into elephant behaviour that is fascinating. Another great book on the subject is Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family by Cynthia Moss, who studied them in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park for nearly 30 years.

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Unread postby AjayB » Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:46 am

LOL @ that pic. You should put it on the humorous pics thread.Its a classic!

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Dec 26, 2009 6:23 am

I was given this book for my birthday....... and it nearly ruined my Christmas :big_eyes: It was one of those books that grips from the start... almost impossible to put down. I started reading it on Christmas eve and nearly didn't leave my room early Christmas morning :wink:

Entertaining, thought provoking, insightful.. with prose that is often extremely poetic.

I have come away so much more informed about these amazing creatures and so sad at our legacy of cruelty and killings. For anyone with a bit of spare cash and wanting a bit of reading pleasure... do yourself a favour, pop into your local book store, right now.
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:47 am

I finished reading the book yesterday and I was really so sorry when when I reached the last chapter. Its one of those books that has shifted my thinking, really enriched me... and best of all, easy to read. The book says some of the most profound things in the simplest way..
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Re: The elephant whisperer

Unread postby Jane » Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:40 pm

I havent read the book but have seen it in all the Exclusive Book stores I have been to lately.

The picture of the baby Elephant on the cover was taken by my husband
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Unread postby Stark » Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:29 pm

Wow Jane. :dance:

I saw that cover on Amazon, great shot! My hard-back copy has a different pic.
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Unread postby Stark » Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:11 am

Finished the book...fascinating. :) I highly recommend this book to any and all bush lovers.

Besides giving a book about a herd of elephants, the book gives a glimpse into the day to day of starting up and running a reserve. The insight into local and Zulu politics was interesting.

All in all, I didn't want the book to end. :)
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Unread postby roaneric » Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:11 pm

I also just finished this book. WOW WOW WOW what a great book. I loved every bit of it. Really recommend it to any animal/nature/elephant lover.

I found this video clip on youtube about Lawrence and the work he has done with the elephants. [url][video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4nvQbfQAUg[/video][/url]
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Re: The elephant whisperer

Unread postby leelee » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:59 am

Bought the book on Saturday afternoon and finished it yesterday. I could not put it down, there was always something intriguing. Loved it. The insight into Zulu culture was also very informative.

The book made me think: what is our role on earth really? Where do we fit in? I am sure there is another way of living, i.e. closer to nature and more in tune with the creatures roaming this earth. Maybe it explains that feeling of 'coming home' when driving through the gates at Kruger. Just made me wonder...
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Unread postby flying cheetah » Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:15 pm

I also have read this wonderful book now and as everybody else I can highly reccommend it :dance:
It's exciting and can teach you a lot (not only about Ellies)!
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Re: The elephant whisperer

Unread postby Bennievis » Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:36 pm

Sad news, RIP Lawrence Anthony. :cry:


The funeral for LAWRENCE ANTHONY will be held at MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM in Durban..., by courtesy of the eThekwini Municipality. this Thursday 8th of March at 2 PM.
The family welcomes all who wish to celebrate the life of the ELEPHANT WHISPERER to attend.
In lieu of flowers,please donate to www.earthorgaization.org.
FUNERAILLES DE LAWRENCE ANTHONY seront a Durban au Stade Moses Mabhida, ce jeudi 8 mars a 14h00.


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