THE ELEPHANT WHISPERER: MY LIFE WITH THE HERD IN THE AFRICAN WILD
November 14, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsDescribed by both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus reviews as "inspiring," the best seller The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild, is celebrating its publishing launch in the US this week.
Dubbed "The Indiana Jones of Conservation" by London's Guardian newspaper, world renowned conservationist, explorer and author Lawrence Anthony received international acclaim for his audacious rescue of the Baghdad Zoo during the coalition invasion of Iraq and, as a result of his experiences there, founded an environmental and conservation non-profit - The Earth Organization (TEO).
The Elephant Whisperer is his rich, true-life story, woven around the lives of a herd of wild elephant. Anthony agrees to resettle the troubled and traumatized on his Thula Thula game preserve in Zululand, South Africa. When they immediately smash the fences and escape into an area rife with waiting guns, Anthony decides to ignore the "experts" and go with his instincts in a desperate effort to establish a bond with the angry herd and save them from execution. He discovers they have a lot to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom, and the relationship he has with them, to this day, is the stuff of legends.
The Elephant Whisperer is a slice of primal Africa, and the author entrances with tales of life in the wild. Encounters with poachers, crocodiles attacks, leopards, deadly snakes, and the dark side of Zulu witchcraft embroider this stirring, uplifting, narrative that will take its place amongst Africa's favorite stories.
When you're feeling down and out and defeated and ready to give up, read this inspiring book and share it widely with others."
Author of The Emotional Lives of Animals.
"A lovingly written tale of close encounters, some beautiful and some frightening, with humans and nonhumans alike. Anthony's story of his trials and tribulations in preserving a herd of African elephants is a parable for the continent."
- IRENE M PEPPERBERG.
Bestselling author of Alex & Me.
"In my 35 years studying man/animal communication I have met only a few individuals who have the ability to enter into the metaphysical realm of the exotic animal Lawrence Anthony has been there and back. His wonderfully written book The Elephant Whisperer, is a true reflection of his ability to be at one with the pachyderm."
- RALPH HELFER
Author and Animal expert
A Fab Read!, 22 Jun 2009
By Carol Dickinson (Stourbridge, UK) -
I have read many, many books in my time but none as good as this one. I can't say how often I realized that I was holding my breath waiting for the outcome of certain events. At times the book made me laugh out loud and also brought a tear to my eye.
Love, love, love this book! 22 Jun 2009
By A. L. Langley (Essex ,United Kingdom)
At times this book had me sobbing my heart out and then I would be laughing and then crying again. It was a bit of a rollercoaster! This book is well written, informative and contains some really heartwarming tales. Lawrence Anthony's experience with his herd of "troublesome elephants" is truly amazing and inspirational.