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

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

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By (author) Sharon Pincott

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  • Publisher: Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 292 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 235mm
  • Publication date: 1 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Johannesburg
  • ISBN 10: 1431403598
  • ISBN 13: 9781431403592
  • Sales rank: 100,983

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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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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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By Tyson Beyer 07 Aug 2012 5

Having turned the last page of this entrancing book I sit here full of Hwange reminisces. "Lunacy" in the subtitle, let me call it "supidity" instead, is something unambiguously alive in the Hwange bush. I too have relished the associated documentary All the President's Elephants and I am left wondering at the government minister's words: MORE GREED IN HUMANS. I think about those who appear to try their hardest to eliminate Sharon Pincott's crucial wildlife conservation work with the Presidential elephants of Zimbabwe in Hwange, detailed in this very fine book that I urge everyone to read, and I agree with the notable government Minister Nhema (interestingly from the Mugabe side): GREED! And one really does has to add stupidity to that. Let that class of mediocre Zimbabwean' dislike' this review too, as no doubt they will! Do they think that informed readers do not know how senseless they are? Here is your chance, those who are the oblivious Zimbabweans in Hwange who try to cause nothing but self-centred strife, to come back in from the cold. If I was you I would grab that chance with three hands and appreciate rather than harass those who can help make a success of it, not that they should want to help you anymore at all. Read this book, it is an eye opener.