Love, Life, and Elephants by Daphne Sheldrick

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This rich memoir offers practical insights about learning when to intervene and when to let go.
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Synopsis

Daphne Sheldrick, whose family arrived in Africa from Scotland in the 1820s, is the first person ever to have successfully hand-reared newborn elephants. Her deep empathy and understanding, her years of observing Kenya’s rich variety of wildlife, and her pioneering work in perfecting the right husbandry and milk formula have saved countless elephants, rhinos, and other baby animals from certain death.

In this heartwarming and poignant memoir, Daphne shares her amazing relationships with a host of orphans, including her first love, Bushy, a liquid-eyed antelope; Rickey-Tickey-Tavey, the little dwarf mongoose; Gregory Peck, the busy buffalo weaver bird; Huppety, the mischievous zebra; and the majestic elephant Eleanor, with whom Daphne has shared more than forty years of great friendship.
But this is also a magical and heartbreaking human love story between Daphne and David Sheldrick, the famous Tsavo Park warden. It was their deep and passionate love, David’s extraordinary insight into all aspects of nature, and the tragedy of his early death that inspired Daphne’s vast array of achievements, most notably the founding of the world-renowned David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Orphans’ Nursery in Nairobi National Park, where Daphne continues to live and work to this day.
Encompassing not only David and Daphne’s tireless campaign for an end to poaching and for conserving Kenya’s wildlife, but also their ability to engage with the human side of animals and their rearing of the orphans expressly so they can return to the wild, Love, Life, and Elephants is alive with compassion and humor, providing a rare insight into the life of one of the world’s most remarkable women.
 

About Daphne Sheldrick

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Dame Daphne Sheldrick is a Kenyan author, conservationist, and expert in animal husbandry, particularly the raising and reintegrating of orphaned elephants into the wild. From 1955 to 1976, Sheldrick was co-warden of Kenya's Tsavo National Park.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 368 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 15 2012

Fascinating, especially to readers interested in wildlife conservation and the rehabilitation of elephants.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 26 2012

This rich memoir offers practical insights about learning when to intervene and when to let go.

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Helen Brown on Mar 28 2012

And in this enchanting memoir, Sheldrick returns the favour, telling her fellow humans all about her extraordinary animal friends.

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Boston.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Vicki Croke on May 19 2012

Warning to readers, though: You may be tempted after turning the last page to sell all your possessions and join the cause.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Apr 04 2012

Touching, funny and written with warmth and compassion, Sheldrick’s inspirational memoir is a story of human love, animal love and love for a beautiful country, its people and its wildlife.

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Entertainment Focus

Excellent
Reviewed by Catrin Elizabeth on Apr 22 2012

This account is an active demonstration of love, commitment and dedication.

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Rick Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Rick on Jun 11 2012

Sheldrick is a congenial writer with a wealth of stories and passionate about her cause.

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