Battle for the President's Elephants

Battle for the President's Elephants : Life, Lunacy and Elation in the African Bush

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For more than a decade, Sharon Pincott has lived in the Hwange bush among The Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe: a celebrated clan of wild elephants that she is devoted to and will do anything to protect. She has formed one of the most remarkable relationships with wild, free-roaming elephants ever documented, yet her battles to keep them safe never seem to end. One minute she’s cherishing incredibly intimate encounters with these gentle giants, the next she’s accused of being a spy and then her name appears on a Zimbabwe Police wanted-persons list. While things often seem to go from bad to worse, this passionate wildlife conservationist relentlessly perseveres, in the face of overwhelming odds, to stick by the elephants she so obviously loves. Written with engaging humour and warmth and a deep, tangible love of Africa’s wildlife, Sharon recounts the enchanting times that make her life in the wilds bearable, as well as some of the preposterous incidents that force her to question her sanity for staying in Zimbabwe. Succeeding her highly praised book, The Elephants and I, this captivating collection of bush tales offers a further glimpse into the wonders, and grim realities, of choosing a life less ordinary, where the species that you look out for is different from your own.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 16mm | 359.99g
  • Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • English
  • col. Illustrations, col. ports.
  • 1431403598
  • 9781431403592
  • 113,327

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About Sharon Pincott

Sharon Pincott was born in Queensland, Australia, and now lives in the Zimbabwean bush. She has dedicated the past 11 years of her life to the preservation and promotion of the clan of wild Hwange elephants known as The Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe. Her accomplishments have been featured in BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic, Getaway and Travel Africa. Her previous book, The Elephants and I, was published to wide critical acclaim by Jacana Media in 2009. An international television documentary about her work – titled All the President’s Elephants - which was commissioned by Natural History Unit Africa, will be screened from mid-2012.

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I loved this book. Time permitting, I would have read it a third time instead of just twice. I know I would have enjoyed it just as much another time through. That, I will squirrel away for later. The author's descriptions are wildly vivid and you are magically transported right there to Hwange in Zimbabwe. There are giggles to be had as well. The story of Willa, the wild African elephant that Sharon Pincott is kissing on the book's backcover, will stay with you long after you finish reading it. Despite the upsets (that you can only sympathise with and shake your head at) you wish you had this unusual and rewarding life, even knowing that you would probably manage to survive it only for a few weeks. Yes, I say, enchanting indeed!show more
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