The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence
St. Martins Press NY, NY 2009
I really wasn’t sure when I picked this up if I would like it. Would it be a collection of stories about animals in Africa? Would it be about training elephants to do work for people? Would the elephants be a metaphor for the political situation in South Africa? Would it be a memoir of safaris? The answer to my questions turned out to be a delightful yes and no.
Our Lawrence Anthony and his lovely French wife, Francoise, have bought a game reserve in Zululand in South Africa. It turns out that the idea is truly to preserve the species in a wilderness habitat rather than to create a zoo or a hunting reserve. We learn that the animals are actually native to…
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