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.
Anthony, 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?