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An African Love Story: Love, Life and Elephants [Format Kindle]

Daphne Sheldrick
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Revue de presse

Africa has never been more vividly described...I read it straight through and it nearly broke my heart...her warnings about the decline of wildlife should be heeded the world over (Joanna Lumley )

Wonderfully candid (Charlotte Kemp Daily Mail )

Compulsively readable...the more you hear about elephants from her, the more you wonder why they don't rule the world (Kathryn Hughes Mail on Sunday )

An enchanting memoir...Baby birds, antelopes, elephants, rhinos and a civet cat all pass through Sheldrick's life (Helen Brown Telegraph )

Absorbing, moving...paints a vivid picture of an extraordinary life in the bush that will delight everyone (BBC Wildlife Magazine )

Moving and magical...a fascinating story...touching, funny and written with warmth and compassion (Lancashire Evening Post )

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Daphne Sheldrick's best-selling love story of romance, life and elephants, An African Love Story: Love, Life and Elephants is an incredible story from Africa's greatest living conservationist.

A typical day for Daphne involves rescuing baby elephants from poachers; finding homes for orphan elephants, all the while campaigning the ever-present threat of poaching for the ivory trade.

An African Love Story is the incredible memoir of her life. It tells two stories - one is the extraordinary love story which blossomed when Daphne fell head over heels with Tsavo Game Park and its famous warden, David Sheldrick. The second is the love story of how Daphne and David, who devoted their lives to saving elephant orphans, at first losing every infant under the age of two until Daphne at last managed to devise the first-ever milk formula which would keep them alive.

'Compulsively readable', Mail on Sunday

'An enchanting memoir', Telegraph

Daphne Sheldrick has spent her entire life in Kenya. For over 25 years, she and her husband, David, the famous founder of the the giant Tsavo National Park, raised and rehabilitated back into the wild orphans of misfortune from many different wild species. These included elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, zebra, eland, kudu, impala, warthogs and many other smaller animals. In 2006 she was made Dame Commander of the British Empire by the Queen.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4221 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 352 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin (1 mars 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B006WAK4XK
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 émouvant 25 avril 2013
Par Kirsiblue
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
c'est une histoire souvent émouvante, l'histoire de Lady Sheldrick. D'ailleurs je la trouve bien trop "comme nous" autres pour avoir envie de lui donner un titre ronflant (et poussiéreux). Mon attention et intérêt pour les éléphants a été réveillé par le témoignage de la réaction des éléphants de la réserve de Thula après le décès de "l'homme qui murmurait à l'oreille des éléphants" et ce livre fait rèver. La vie de cette femme n'a certainement pas été facile mais qu'est-ce que je l'envie...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book 14 janvier 2013
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Great book, full of emotions.... Read it if you love Africa and animals.... I read itwhile I was in Kenya, so even more interesting!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Back to the Wild 14 mai 2012
Par Rob Hardy - Publié sur Amazon.com
There must be some reason that we love elephants so. The big, strange beasts are among the most popular exhibits at circuses and zoos, for instance. Their participation in such venues may not have done the elephants much good, and neither has the relentless poaching for their ivory. One person who has harnessed a love of elephants in order to benefit the animals themselves is Dame Daphne Sheldrick, a conservationist who has special expertise in raising orphaned elephants and reintegrating them into the wild. The poachers have made lots of orphans, and Sheldrick has had an enormous amount of work to do within Kenya's Tsavo East National Park to try to bring some sort of balance. Elephants naturally loom large within her biography _Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story_ (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), but so do the humans she has worked with, and sometimes against, as well as rhinos, zebras, dikdiks, civet cats, ostriches, mongooses, and more. It is a delightful book, with plenty of funny and sad stories, and a charming reverence for fellow creatures. Sheldrick has had a unique and useful life, and her looking back on it for us is generous and instructive.

Sheldrick was born in Nairobi in 1934, and was brought up with animals, and was fascinated by them. Her family put her in charge of an orphaned baby bushbuck when she was four, and her life changed. She was to go on to care for many other animals, eventually meeting David Sheldrick, Tsavo's principle warden. He had superb knowledge about African wildlife, and he had the looks of a movie star, and she lost her heart to him. The two of them both got divorced from their then-spouses, married, had a daughter of their own, and worked incessantly for Tsavo's wild beauties. Her main enthusiasm was elephants, and she and David were to work jointly saving orphans and thwarting poachers. They also had to battle against corrupt politicians and well-meaning scientists who believed that elephant overpopulation in the park was hurting its overall ecology and that profitable culling of the herds was better than natural solutions. David was to have a premature death from heart attack in 1974; Sheldrick was bereft and shattered, but felt that she had learned from her beloved elephants, who do have their own process of mourning. She was to soldier on by herself, becoming especially adept at bringing up elephant orphans. It is the sort of work that no one had done before, and it was trial and error for many years, with the errors sadly being the little elephants that didn't make it. There was no other way to learn the right way to do it. One of the secrets is coconut milk, which has the right fats for a nursing elephant calf and none of the indigestibility of cow's milk. Raising an elephant child is hard, with every-three-hour feedings using a huge container with an artificial teat, and the calf is dependent on milk for three years. It wasn't just elephants, but other creatures such as rhinoceroses. It is interesting that although the aim was the same for both rhinos and elephants, to get them back into the wild, the strategies had to be completely different. "Whereas elephants were very difficult to rear but easy to rehabilitate, the rhinos were the opposite - easy to rear but extremely difficult to reintegrate back into the wild system." Antelope orphans, by contrast, were a cinch.

There are many funny stories here, like the time a worker from the park came upon poachers doing their evil work. He called upon them to stop, whereupon they would have fled, but they became incoherent. Behind him, walking along in companionship, were an elephant, a couple of rhinos, buffaloes, and ostriches tended by the park. The poachers begged on their knees for mercy; they were sure that they were being captured by a witch. And who knew that ostriches enjoyed military formations? They would hear the sergeant-major calling the rangers to a drill inspection, and would hurry along to join the ranks. There is an absurd picture here of men with arms a-shoulder, watched carefully by a platoon of ostriches. There are heartbreaking stories, too, and throughout there is a moving resolve to help out, to get things done for animals betrayed by our silly covetousness for ivory, or the even sillier desire for "medicines" made from rhinoceros horn. It's going to be a tough fight. Modern poachers use machine guns, there is increased demand from China, and global warming is threatening the environment of the park. Anyone reading this heartfelt volume will hope that the work of Dame Daphne and of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust will continue.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing book 23 mai 2012
Par Nadya - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have never been more emotionally tied to a book. Dame Daphne Sheldrick tells her amazing life story, from her recent ancestors move to Kenya, to her current role running the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which, amongst other things, aids orphaned elephants and rhinos in order to preserve these dwindling species. I loved the stories about orphans raised throughout Daphne's lifetime, with funny anecdotes about the most memorable animals. The romantic part of her life story is one that shows how happy life can be when you have really found your soul mate. There is so much insight into life and happiness that comes from reading this book, the ups and downs that are encountered as a human lifetime goes on. My only regret is that there is not more of this book to read. I highly recommend this book, keep a box of tissues nearby to help cope with the happiest and saddest moments!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 love and life 21 mai 2012
Par BbP - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I love daphne

This book (334 pages and 60 plus photos)is about love and life.

David Sheldrick--11/22/1919 to 6/13/1977 a Kenyan farmer who became the Warden
of TSAVO NATIONAL PARK and his lovely wife Daphne 6/4/1934 who founded THE DAVID
SHELDRICK WILD LFE TRUST in David's name when he died of a heart attack in 1977.

It is a love story-David & Daphne- and a story about the many orphans that have
passed thru their hands over the years. The joy and the tears. It was the elephants
themselves who taught Daphne how to cope with adversity-to morn and grieve,but then
focus on giving to the living. Kenyan wild life has suffered so much at the hands of
humans. The animals forgive but never forget.


majestic elephant. She and David lived with compassion and humor.

DAVID and DAPHNE lead a campaign to end poaching and for conservation.

Daphne made the only milk formual that keeps baby elephants alive. She is famous
for that alone. Many good rescue people have given babies regular milk and made
them sick/killed them.

+++Daphne dedicates this book to the wilderness and all that it embraces. Daphne says
what we are is GODS gift and what we become is our gift to GOD.+++ (Remember this daily
in your life !)

One of Daphnes daughters will take her spot upon her death.

You can adopt a baby..$50 a year and get updates of your elephants life. I urge you
to do this. I adopted a baby elephant named MAKENA born in 2005. She is still alive
and well.


bbp okc ok 63 retired
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fine but Flawed Work 9 juin 2012
Par Martin Rowe - Publié sur Amazon.com
Disclaimer: I have visited and given money to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and so should you. Daphne Sheldrick has made a major contribution to wildlife conservation and her work is to be applauded. Her memoir is a somewhat conventional "Out of Africa" story: hardy pioneers, gauzy sunsets, magnificent vistas, and lots of lots of stories about the animals who have come her way. She was obviously deeply in love with David, and yet he strangely remains a somewhat remote character. He is defined by his deeds, as he and other rangers carve out Kenya's wildlife parks and reserves and heroically try to stop the decimation of the wildlife caused by our insatiable demand for trinkets made from ivory and potions made from rhino horn.

It's hard to criticize a book for what it does NOT say, but, having worked for over ten years with another Kenyan conservationist, Wangari Maathai, I have a very different perspective on the history of Kenya that Dame Daphne covers. (If you haven't read Maathai's memoir, Unbowed, I would recommend it.) What struck me most noticeably in Dame Daphne's story was the almost complete absence of black Kenyans. Nearly all of the main characters are white and of British stock. The Mau Mau rebellion is treated as an affront against white settlers. Daphne's daughter studies in South Africa, and some of her relatives retire there to live, but there is only one reference to Apartheid. We get no sense of the conservation movement in the context of Kenya as an independent country. We do not hear from black Kenyan political figures or the press or, indeed, from the poachers. We never learn the biographies of the black attendants who look after and even live with the animals. Tribes are mentioned in connection with their hunting practices, but these Africans are rarely individualized. It's almost as if they're simply background for the white people's attempts to save the animals.

None of this, I'm sure, is done deliberately. Dame Daphne speaks Swahili and has lived in Africa all her life. Many of the white people she worked with were born in Africa. Yet she considers herself British first and foremost and she appears to share the bitterness of the settlers in southern Africa who felt sold out by British government as it retreated from Empire in the fifties and sixties. The animals she has spent her life rescuing have personalities and biographies, and her life with them is fondly and deeply remembered. It's a pity that all those black Africans who helped her all those years couldn't have been afforded the same attention.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sincere autobiography 3 mai 2012
Par Marina - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The book is not even close to be called a piece of modern literature, though I am enjoying reading it a lot. It is sincere and honest. Sometimes you may find amount of details unnecessary, but for me it is quite interesting to draw the whole picture of life in Kenya in 1950s and to imagine national parks. I thought a book is mostly devoted to elephants, but the plot actually starts in time before the author was born, long time before she started work with elephants. The author speaks about her life, feelings and her environment so openly and truly that you don't read it as a book, but as a story told by a friend. You would love this book if you love nature and animals.
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