The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: Book Review Essay Part 7: Afterward
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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: Book Review Essay Part 7: Afterward

Afterward: Graham Spence January 2017: The co-author of The Elephant Whisperer was notified of the passing of his brother-in-law, Lawrence Anthony, in the early morning of 2 March 2012.  And though he had not been in recent good health this “indestructible” conservationist had succumbed to a final heart attack.     But before his death, … Continue reading »

The Elephant Whisperer:  My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: Book Review Essay Part 6: Elephant Speak
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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: Book Review Essay Part 6: Elephant Speak

ELEPHANT SPEAK: It was magical, a “positive gentle communication” from Lawrence Anthony to his elephants. Sometimes The Elephant Whisperer would even sing. Yet part of that communication was non-verbal, “just being there doing nothing, saying nothing, (…purposefully ignoring them…) showing I was comfortable whether they were close by or not.”(ch. 6) “I had no idea … Continue reading »

The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: Book Review Essay Part 5: Memorable Moments
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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: Book Review Essay Part 5: Memorable Moments

 Memorable Moments First Encounter Initiated by the Elephants, As Nana and Baby Mandla Stood at the Boma Fence. “…suddenly I felt sheathed in a sense of contentment. Despite standing just a pace from this previously foul-tempered wild animal who until now would have liked nothing better than to kill me, I had never felt safer. … Continue reading »

The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: Book Review Essay Part 4 : Don’t Miss This
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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: Book Review Essay Part 4 : Don’t Miss This

 DON’T MISS THIS: ch. 14 Frankie & the Four Wheeler “I involuntarily sat down on the bike and looked up at the crinkled underside of Frankie’s throat in petrified wonder.” ch. 17 Nana’s & the Herd’s First Visit to the House, at 2am!  Of Nana: “I doubt whether many people have had a ten-foot five-ton … Continue reading »

The Elephant Whisperer:  My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: Book Review Essay Part 3 : Meet the Elephants!
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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: Book Review Essay Part 3 : Meet the Elephants!

Meet the Elephants! NANA: Matriarch named in honor of Lawrence’s “mum” Regina, that name which she is affectionately known by her grandchildren. Nana’s sister (Mnumzane’s mother) had been the matriarch of this herd of “highly disturbed elephants” (ch. 2) before “she and her baby had been shot during the capture in Mpumalanga, their former home, … Continue reading »

Earth Day 2018 : Make This Day Count, For Our Elephants
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Earth Day 2018 : Make This Day Count, For Our Elephants

Of Urgent Concern: A resurgence of interest, in the past couple of years, in lifting the ivory ban, has been voiced among 3 southern African countries (Namibia, Zimbabwe & South Africa), partly in response to Asia’s continuing call for ivory (used for meaningless trinkets). This is just one of the threats (including global warming & … Continue reading »

The Elephant Whisperer:  My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: Book Review Essay Part 2 : Team Thula Thula
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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: Book Review Essay Part 2 : Team Thula Thula

Team Thula Thula   Lawrence Anthony: aka The Elephant Whisperer    Mkhulu, his Zulu name meant “grandfather but not in the limited Western sense”…as “Zulus venerate maturity” this was definitely seen “as a compliment”. (ch. 4) His first encounter with Francoise. (p. 25) These were “among my favourite animals …the honey badger or ratel … … Continue reading »

Our African Elephants Will Never Forget Your Kindness: Elephant Conservationist Dame Daphne Sheldrick Has Died, Age 83
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Our African Elephants Will Never Forget Your Kindness: Elephant Conservationist Dame Daphne Sheldrick Has Died, Age 83

Even as Dame Daphne Sheldrick so bravely fought against the breast cancer that would take her life on 12 April 2018 at age 83, she was always thinking of her elephants and how she could make it better for them. In a 14 October 2017 facebook message she spoke of the newest addition to the … Continue reading »

The Elephant Whisperer:  My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: Book Review Essay Part 1 : Wondrous Beyond Words
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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: Book Review Essay Part 1 : Wondrous Beyond Words

The Elephant Whisperer is Wondrous Beyond Words This is more than just a book it is a spiritual journey that holds your attention until the very end. It is a primer on life taught by the elephants really, as Lawrence Anthony always said it was the elephants who spoke to him, he just listened. (Prologue) … Continue reading »

ESAMPU : Elephant of the Week at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust : Too Cute
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ESAMPU : Elephant of the Week at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust : Too Cute

Name: ESAMPU Name Origin/Meaning: Esampu means “light and shade” in the Maa language and is also the area of her rescue Date of Birth: February 2016 Age When Rescued: five months Gender: Female Where Now: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nursery Nairobi Kenya Africa Foster This Sweet Elephant Too Cute For Photos see Esampu’s photo … Continue reading »