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

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Once the herd arrived, the pace of the story escalates making the book read like a fast paced mystery. This book gave me a more in depth look at their family structure, their intelligence and how they conducted themselves in many situations, while also detailing the issues that Anthony faced on a daily basis with the care of these strong wild mammoth creatures. 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.

That understanding and generosity of spirit is alive and well in the pachyderm kingdom; that elephants are emotional, caring and extremely intelligent; and that they value good relations with humans.Whatever the explanations, it is beyond doubt that these creatures have senses far superior to ours, and more acute life forces.

The message comes through loud and clear, that to truly protect any life form is to protect all by living in respectful coexistence with all life forms in the natural world model of life fueled by life.

As was true of Anthony, I knew little about elephants, only what I learned from zoos and documentaries. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. Lawrence Anthony is a South African conservationist whose dream to acquire and develop an animal preserve in the heart of Zulu land came to fruition in Thula Thula, Africa.

Today, the elephants are 'completely wild and doing fine' according to Graham Spence, Anthony's brother-in-law and co-author of three books. Anthony freely admits that he had to learn their language and also that it is a great shame that these elephants even had to be rescued from humanity by humanity. Okay, part of this book with learning about the intelligence of the elephants And how much they cared for they're own. 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.They taught me that all life forms are important to each other in our common quest for happiness and survival. His previous title, Babylon's Ark, about his involvement in saving the animals in Baghdad Zoo, is being made into a major film. 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. While Anthony and his loving French partner, Francois were accustomed to a wide variety of African wildlife, they'd never encountered elephants nor had any of the local Zulu tribes. This story is actually a balance of wondrous and woeful perspective of the reality of physical life, especially in the latter chapters, depicted through fascinating experiences.

When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of 'rogue' elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. Every wild thing is in tune with its surroundings, awake to its fate and in absolute harmony with the planet. As the rover rumbled through the bush, we first encountered a pride of lions lying about, obviously full after a recent kill.

Yet, it was when we were driving down the paved road of Kruger, in another rover, that to our right and left we saw elephants knocking over trees----crack, crack---and then, with amazing dexterity, pick up the fallen fruit and put it into their mouths. As reported by the CBC on July 25, 2012, "After his death, although they were not alerted to the event, a group of wild elephants Anthony helped to rescue and rehabilitate travelled to his house in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. In his book, Lawrence Anthony, recounts the story of how he took in a rogue herd that otherwise was going to be shot.

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