The Elephant Whisperer, My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

I just read The Elephant Whisperer, My Life with the Herd in the African Wild, by Lawrence Anthony and was sad to finish it. The book invites you in as a confidant from the first page and holds you rapt to the very last.

I highly recommend this heart warming and inspirational true tale of one man who learns the importance of life while tending to a rogue herd of elephants.

imagesAnthony, who  owned a large wildlife reserve in Zululand, was asked to take on a troublesome herd of elephants or they would be killed. With much thought and trepidation, he agreed to take on the responsibility. We see his relationship with the herd deepen; as he begins to realize that the elephants had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty and freedom.


The elephants are the main story but there is so much more about life in the wilds of African to be gleaned from the book. Anthony has been referred to as “The Indiana Jones of Conversation.” This rugged bushman of South Africa deserves the title as he leads the reader on new adventures, some anxious and some sad.

After Anthony died, the herd that he befriended traveled for 12 hours through the Zululand bush to stand vigil at his home for two days. While elephants are known to mourn and honor their dead, no one knows how they knew he died. Handkerchiefs anyone?


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  • Jan
    September 14, 2016 at 12:30 am

    More applause from this dedicated reader for the “The Elephant Whisperer”! It was my Book Group’s September selection, and I am so glad that they chose it. I also learned that the author, Lawrence Anthony, was one of the leaders of the wartime rescue of the Bagdad Zoo, in Iraq – “the biggest menagerie in the Middle East”. I also recommend his book about his experiences there, “Babylon’s Ark”.

  • Lou Ann
    September 14, 2016 at 4:38 am

    It sounds so interesting – i look forward to reading it. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

  • Leesa Miao Romo
    September 14, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Can’t wait to read this!!! So enjoy your blog!!

    September 14, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    SMART SMART SMART……..they just had a FEELING!
    PASSING on to another AFRICIAN LOVER!
    PS.I made the CRUMBLE PEACH & BLUEBERRY did I tell YOU already!I LOVED IT!

  • Jennifer
    September 15, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    I think you’ll really enjoy the book…especially since you love animals. Glad the crumble worked out.

  • Jennifer
    September 15, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Great to hear from you Leesa. You of all people will enjoy the book. Thanks for following my blog.

  • Jennifer
    September 15, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    I can lend you my copy next time I see you,

  • Jennifer
    September 15, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks Jan for giving me this book. It really was a wonderful read.

  • Claire Khalil
    September 16, 2016 at 12:07 am

    I LOVED this book Jennifer! I felt that I was there living with the herd. It was a beautiful,
    joyous and sad experience. I have loved elephants since I was a little girl and insisted that my daddy stay to the end of the circus just to see the elephant parade..

  • Zara
    September 18, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Oh wow I think this will be my next book purchase, I’ve never read anything like this- I’m sure it’s great. Thanks for sharing!