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Je suis tombée par hasard sur ce bouquin et franchement je ne regrette pas. L'histoire de la construction de Thula Thula avec l'installation de sa horde d'éléphants est superbe. Elle donne envie de rencontrer Lawrence Anthony.
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C'est un cadeau à mon autre fille et je sais qu'elle a adoré! C'est une passionnée d'éléphants et je pense qu'elle y a appris beaucoup de choses!
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Captivating from the beginning to the end. Loved every minute of reading this book. Definitely recommending this to all my friends who like to read
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A touching look the huge and intelligent creatures 12 novembre 2015
Par Bernie Gourley - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the story of Thula Thula, a wildlife preserve in South Africa, and the herd of elephants that came to live there. It’s one of the most gripping nonfiction works that I’ve read in some time. Even if it was just the story of Anthony Lawrence’s interactions with a herd of wild elephants that he took on at first reluctantly and then became powerfully connected to, it would have made a worthwhile read. However, there is so much more too keep one flipping pages. There’s the internecine and tribal warfare among the Zulus that at one point results in a contract being taken out on Lawrence’s life. There are the tales--sometimes happy and sometimes tragic—of the other animals that share Thula Thula with the elephants, including: crocs, rhino, cape buffalo, snakes, and—of course—the humans and their pet dogs. And, sadly, there’s a constant war going on against poachers that occasionally results in a firefight.

That said, the stars of this book are undeniably the herd of wild elephants. The author is told these pachyderms are unruly and are to come into the possession of a big game hunter to be shot if he doesn’t take them. There are no elephants in the area of Thula Thula, and taking them on is a big risk. The neighbors are opposed because if the elephants get out they could cause untold damage—even if not maliciously. Furthermore, these elephants have had bad experiences with humans; the only adult bull had recently been killed—making them all the more hostile. These elephants have a history of escape, and when a herd of elephants wants to escape, it’s hard to keep them in. They are five or more tons of raw power. In fact, the herd does escape once early in the book, and a major drama unfolds as a result. There’s pressure on Lawrence to get rid of at least the matriarch and another female, Frankie, who is almost the same size as the matriarch and is even more aggressive. Eventually, he gets the herd to calm down through patience and an attempt to understand them.

However, even as the herd becomes calmer and actually friendly toward Lawrence, there are always new challenges popping up. They add an adolescent who comes in alone, its entire family having been killed off. This history makes the new addition skittish, angry toward humans, and dangerously aggressive. Furthermore, the adolescent bull transitions into adulthood and is increasingly pushed away from the herd, but without a male role model. By the book’s end, there is even a new generation being brought into the fold.

I won’t tell you this book is all rosy. There are a number of really sad sub-stories within the overall tale of the elephants of Thula Thula. I won’t get into details because these chapter or two long narrative arcs are among the most edge-of-the-seat reading in the book. That said, the overall story is one of triumph. A herd that was on the verge of being eliminated is not only saved, but eventually grows in size due to new births—though, sadly, not without some losses. It’s about successful coexistence and preservation of these species.

A lot of the book is about communication, both the stomach-grumbling elephantine intraspecies communication and the interspecies communication between the author and the elephants. It turns out that elephants can communicate with others across great distances, most notably by stomach rumbles that largely take place at a frequency outside human capacity.

There’s also humor. There are times when all one can do is to accept that elephants will be elephants and gardens will be trampled and swimming pools will become watering holes. There’s no maliciousness. It’s just that five and six ton animals leave their mark wherever they go. They are intelligent but unsubtle creatures.

I’d highly recommend this book to just about anyone. Even if you normally only read commercial fiction, I think that you’ll still find enough tension and intrigue throughout this book to keep you reading. If you’re an animal lover you’ll be engrossed from start to finish even without the poachers, death threats, and, tribal wars. If you’re one of those pathetic old men who think you need rhino horn powder to get it up or need a pair of carved tusks to show your wealth, you should be forced to read the book while an elephant holds its foot over your head.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Awe-inspiring and stupefying elephant stories..!!! 13 octobre 2013
Par Roshani Hingorani - Publié sur Amazon.com
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What would you do if you unexpectedly become the owner of an infamous herd of 'rogue' wild elephants who are experts at breaking out? Certainly, you wouldn't want yourself killed by these aggressive giants by accepting an offer to keep them in the first place. But this is exactly what Lawrence did as he was their last hope for survival. Running Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa, he had taken them in to protect them from being shot dead as they had become a threat to human lives. Subsequently, Lawrence faced unlimited challenges in order to acclimatise the traumatised and angry herd and, in turn, was rewarded with heart warming as well as bone chilling experiences of a lifetime and managing to develop a deep bond with these mammoths. From being a herd ready to kill at the word go, they became so peaceful with his persistent dedication, love and patience as to save his life on many occasions.

This book The Elephant Whisperer, based on real life, is a collection of memoirs by the author that takes the reader through the various challenges and struggles faced by him, not only within the reserve but from the outside too. He has beautifully shared such incredible facts about elephant behaviour that have astounded and amazed me beyond words. These sentient giants are certainly the most intelligent mammals in the animal kingdom and possess extraordinary perception and communication skills. I am out of superlatives when I even try to describe these magnificent pachyderms. Being an animal lover I cherished each word and simply could not put the book down. Animal lover or not, I would highly recommend this book to one and all.

- Roshani Hingorani
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved it! 10 mai 2013
Par Rosario - Publié sur Amazon.com
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English is not my first language so I love books simply written by nicely written. This was one of them. I deeply enjoyed it, it was funny, but sometown more profound when Mr Anthony talked about what a real conservationist should be. Beside the amazing link between him and his elephants I also enjoyed his relation with the dogs and all the other animals. I even had an urge to fly to South Africa to meet him in his beloved land...............I was so sad when I found out he passed away a few years ago, but his wife and sons are keeping on with his dream. I live in Patagonia and conservationism is quite a deal here, and most of the times it means closing a huge piece of land and not making it productive, I loved Mr Anthony idea of integrating other tribes into a huge park and allowing them to live from it, managing it and working for it. CONGRATULATIONS! Now I want to read his other book about the zoo in Bagdad.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I loved this book! 8 février 2013
Par Joan Emberg - Publié sur Amazon.com
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'Elephant Whisperer' is an apt title for Lawrence Anthony's book..through patient observation and trial he was able to gain the trust of a wild and abused family of elephants and, indeed, he did find a way to communicate with them and they with him. The author's dedication to his wild proteges sometimes brought me to tears. His determination and pure 'guts' place him in the realm of a 'role model'. His descriptions of what Australians call the 'bush' (more accurately the 'jungle') are vivid and I was fascinated by his revelations of Zulu culture. I must add that I admired the dedication, patience and innovation of his wife, Francoise ... and their relationship. The loyalty of his employees in deterring poachers is a tribute to Anthony's loyalty to them.

Now I'm reading Lawrence Anthony's 'Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime...', which places him in Baghdad during the height of the Iraq warwith the determination to save the neglected and starving animals at the zoo. Such bravery in face of tremendous odds is inspiring ... especially as the story is TRUE!

Joan Emberg, Tasmania, Australia
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful Insight into Conservation in a New South Africa 2 avril 2011
Par avid reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The story of the elephants made me laugh, cry and it gives great insight into the way conservation must go. Where it benefits not only wealthy ex-pats who own reserves but the communities that surround the farm. Unfortunately most private game reserves spend a lot of time trying to keep their neighbours out of it (sometimes rather neccessarily) as the book shows.

Anthony also is that rare breed of conservationist who understands and embraces African culture which as a back-drop to the novel about the elephants is educational and inspiring.

His character descriptions could have been better developed, if this were fiction, and the ending better constructed, but as a true story, the rangers, chiefs, Francois and the ellies were superb and I feel like when (not if) I have the pleasure of visiting Thula Thula I would be visiting with friends. The book makes you feel part of it all.

I was sorry when the story ended.
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