An African Love Story

An African Love Story

Love, Life and Elephants

Book - 2013
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This is many love stories. It is the love of Daphne Sheldrick for Africa, the entrancing landscape where she was born and raised. A love for wildlife, which she has committed her life to protecting - and in particular the hundreds of orphaned elephants she has saved, raised and cared for. And the love of a good man in David, who was her husband and inspiration before his tragic early death. An African Love Story is a wonderful and spellbinding account, by one of the world's most remarkable women, of a land and its extraordinary, endangered animals.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9780670919710
Characteristics: xviii, 334 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some color), portraits ;,20 cm


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Sep 13, 2015

Following DSWT on Instagram had me interested in reading how Daphne Sheldrick committed most of her life to saving wildlife in Africa. I am more enamoured with elephants due to her experiences. I hope one day I can visit her sanctuary and I am definitely adopting an orphan. Some very brutal descriptions of elephant treatment and suffering. But it's necessary for readers to know why it is so important to save these sentient creatures. Daphne describes the political hurdles, the faulty scientists and the serendipitous understanding of the elephant matriarch. It's not just an African love story in the romantic sense. It's her love for wildlife. Sometimes it reads like a children's book in the way she names the animals and birds and their interaction with each other. I highly recommend this book and hope it influences readers to become active in saving all creatures in the wild.

Jun 18, 2015

A beautiful account of growing up, falling in love and most of all caring for wild animals. A great read. No question I had tears in my eyes reading some of the accounts of the brutal slaying of elephants, and rhinos. So sad that this practice continues to this day. I learnt a lot more about the intelligence of elephants and made a pact to myself to one day go to this sanctuary to help some elephants and other wild animals.

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