Start by marking “The Elephant Whisperer” as Want to Read: When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of 'rogue' elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa, his commonsense told him to refuse. See all 4 questions about The Elephant. Lawrence Anthony has been there and back. His wonderfully written book The Elephant Whisperer is a true reflection of his ability to be one of the pachyderms. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. In , prize-winning conservationist Anthony . This book The Elephant Whisperer, based on real life, is a collection of memoirs by the author that takes the reader through the various challenges.

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Synopsis. With unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, The Elephant Whisperer is an enthralling book that will appeal to animal lovers and adventurous. The Elephant Whisperer published in April by Pan Macmillan in London and in July by Thomas Dunne/St Martin's Press in New York, is the second book written by South African author and conservationist Lawrence Anthony. He is the author of three books: Babylon's Ark, the incredible wartime rescue of the Baghdad zoo, The Elephant Whisperer, the extraordinary.

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. 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.

On the other hand he was an animal lover of the first order and he absolutely adored elephants. When the herd arrived, it was soon confirmed to him that they were a troublesome lot.

The new matriarch, who he named Nana, was frightened and in a rage. The plan was to confine them for a while until they settled down before they were released into the bush.

The very resourceful Nana figured out a way to break out of the electrified fencing that was constructed to contain the huge beasts. It took days for Lawrence to get the elephants back.

They were rampaging around the area and broke into a neighboring reserve. The local authorities had declared the rogue elephant herd a menace and danger to the people and property of the region and sent out armed rangers to take them down. Bo ya shu wu. El hombre que susurraba a los elefantes. Library Journal. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from " https: South African non-fiction books non-fiction books Elephant conservation St. Martin's Press books Zoology book stubs. Hidden categories: Articles needing additional references from October All articles needing additional references All stub articles.

Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. View all 36 comments. Animal lovers. 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. I LOVE elephants!

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.

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. 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. 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. 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.

Book review: The Elephant Whisperer

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 11 comments. 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.

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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. 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. Make no mistake: 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. 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. View 1 comment. 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. Deeply profound. 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 book!

What a fabulous narrator!

View all 12 comments. Dec 09, Gary rated it it was amazing. 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 it. This 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 This book is completely out of my normal selection but so glad I chose to read it. 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 more 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 read. For me it one of those books that as soon as I had finished reading it I wanted to learn more about it and tell others about it.

Oct 16, Una Tiers rated it really liked it. A story like 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.

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. Animal Lovers. They taught me that all life forms are important to each ther in our common quest for happiness and survival. That there is more to life than just yourself, your own family, or your own kind.

Their delinquency is largely due to the atrocities that have been bestowed on them by the human race e. The original herd of 7 elephants are lead by their matriarch 'Nana' as named by Lawrence who will go to all extremes to ensure her herd is safe and well cared for, including escaping from game reserves.

Lawrence Anthony: Elephant whisperer

Due to their large size and subsequent fear factor elephants hold, they must be moved from their old reserve to a new one Thula Thula or risk being killed or 'put down'. Having travelled myself to South Africa and witness these majestic creatures in the flesh - in my opinion this book does justice to these magnificent creatures. Lawrence - through his stories - is able to draw the reader a picture of love and devotion not only from human to elephant but vice versa.

The last chapter of this book nicely sums up what he has learned from them and to be honest the Human Race has a lot to learn from them. For example, the human race could learn from their loyalty and devotion to one another; their instinct to protect one another; unconditional and unwavering love alongside respect for the 'elders' and towing the line to ensure the herd is able to firstly survive and most importantly for me not forgetting those who have passed on.

Elephants have extraordinary memories and this is shown to us throughout the book. I cried with this book - which for me was a sign that the story was being so well told that I felt the emotion that author was feeling as he wrote. Jan 25, Lisa Hagan rated it it was amazing. I had the honor and privilege of working with conservationist Lawrence Anthony and co-author Graham Spence on this incredibly moving book. Lawence was called upon to rescue a rogue herd of elephants, which he did with very little hesitation.

It is an touching story about tough man's love and deep connection with these fascinating huge animals. You cannot put this boo I had the honor and privilege of working with conservationist Lawrence Anthony and co-author Graham Spence on this incredibly moving book.