The Elephant Whisperer

The Elephant Whisperer Summary

When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them.

In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad account of Anthony's experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, it is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.

Book Reviews


The elephant whisperer4 star

Quick read, good interesting story. Makes you want to go on safari45


The Elephant Whisperer5 star

I just loved this book and the personal stories of the elephants was great.55


The Elephant Whisperer5 star

Absolutely stunning! The author generously allows us to accompany him into a world we never knew existed. I couldn’t put it down. It was a privilege to read.55


Elephant Whisperer5 star

I just finished reading this book for the second time. I thought that when I read the book the first time that it was the best book I have ever read. It is even better the second time. I have been to Africa 3 times and after reading this book I will be going again. Dave55


Obsessed5 star

I think everyone and their mother should read this book. It is beautifully written and teaches so many valuable lessons that put your life into perspective. I love love love this book. If you know what’s good for you you will read it!!!55


WOW!!5 star

I can't tell you how much I truly love this book. I read it in 2 days. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. What a truly magnificent elephant Nana is55


Some hyperbole2 star

This book was interesting in parts, but I found many discrepancies in some of the "facts" he reports. The "fact" that they can't keep certain snake antivenin at the house because it doesn't keep. In fact, that particular antivenin is good for at least 6 months if kept refrigerated. Also, at one point he mentions wild elephants holding on to other elephant's tails. This is a behavior never seen in wild's a trained behavior used by circus elephants. I just felt many of the experiences related in this book were exaggerated ....many just did not make sense!25


Such a beautiful book...5 star touching and true and real. Please honor this book and this species by not attending circuses, zoos or anything where animals that should be free and wild are kept in cages. See PAWS, Performing Animals Welfare Society, go to their website and see what they are doing to rescue elephants and other species and help them in their cause. Bless you.55


The Elephant Whisperer5 star

Bravo....what an inspirational read! I had the opportunity to live in South Africa for a year & visited Umfolozi game reserve & many others & developed a true love of elephants myself. I especially enjoyed Lawrence taking the reader into the meeting houses of the Chiefs and explaining the Zululand interesting! What an amazing man Lawrence Anthony is...a true hero for African wildlife.55


Loved Every Chapter5 star

Wonderful look inside the heart of a South African game reserve.55

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