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 15.24mm | 362.87g
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • English
  • 1431403598
  • 9781431403592
  • 192,040

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 read some professional reviews before reading this latest book of Sharon Pincott's and I must agree and reiterate their words - entertaining, informative and brutally honest; a riveting and amusing read; sometimes sad; joyous and lyrical; absorbing and delightful. All of these words describe this book so well. I couldn't put it down, this lady is such an inspiration sharing her life. For others wanting followups to the stories in this book, I discovered there is now an excellent Facebook page to follow for the Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe, PresidentialElephantsZimshow more
by Ruth Melton
I knew Sharon Pincott 30 odd years ago, working in the office of Australia's Prime Minister in Canberra. Imagine my surprise to find myself in Durban, South Africa, at the time of the Film Festival there and to see her on the cinema screen, this time associated with the office of Zimbabwe's President in a moving short feature called All the President's Elephants. She was never going to lead an ordinary life, this was clear as a teenager. Now having read Battle for the President's Elephants and The Elephants and I, I am in awe of a woman I no longer know but who I continue to admire. The Presidential elephants of Zimbabwe, in film and in book, are certainly extraordinary. If Sharon does nothing else now she has left the legacy she needed to for all to read, to view, and to enjoy. What a wonderful thing! Those obtuse bush Zimbabweans knew her not if they thought she'd roll over and leave before her mission was complete! You can bet she has more in store yet, in support of the animals that she has always loved. Her books, and film, are a guiding light to ignite anyone on a dark or uncertain more
by Lou
I feel that even if youre not an animal-lover necessarily you will nonetheless be moved by this engrossing read. A good book moves you to both laughter and some snivels, and every now and then makes you re-think your own life. This book did all three for me even though her prior one is possibly more intense. This one brought tears of joy, and of compassion, of sympathy, and of shame of others. It does make you want to be a better person. The exquisiteness of the Hwange elephants, the Presidential elephants surprisingly with a Mugabe decree, the empathy conservationist Sharon Pincott has built-up with them and the splendour of the area as powerfully described balance the too-regular preposterous incidents she shares so courteously. I cant imagine being nearly so restrained if my animal-friends' lives were put at avoidable peril by greedy people in the surrounds whose purpose is plainly to line their own pockets and denigrate themselves to Tragic status in the process. I deduce that these are the ones feigning to know much about these ellies for supreme want of the greenback and cold sacrifice of innocent others, with no veritable respect for the animals at all. There seems to be still more that this author has held back on. A third book must be forthcoming and I await it impatiently. First I plan to visit and see and feel it all for myself. This book, proudly awaiting a re-read, makes you desperately want to do more
by Janine Sawenko
I bought Battle for the President's Elephants after reading an excellent Africa Geographic magazine blog and these reviews. I am so glad that I did. Read it. You will be bewitched. Bewitched by Africa. Bewitched by the elephants. Bewitched by this inspiring author-conservationist. (Not so bewitched by some others in her stories.) Keep 'Sharing' these reviews and the achievements of this notable human being and the unforgettable wild Hwange elephants, the presidential elephants of Zimbabwe, that she assists and comforts and defends. This is a very memorable read indeed. I enjoyed it more
by Alison Dufresne
There are many memorable passages in this special book but the one that has stayed with me is this one "IF THEY WANTED A DANCING BEAR, THEY'D DO BETTER TO TRY THE CIRCUS". This book shares the splendour of the elephants called The Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe and it also shares the opposite to do with some others who are also there in Hwange in the midst of these troubled elephants. Subtitle - Life, Lunacy & Elation in the African bush. That's for sure................... Read this book and elephants will become supremely special in your eyes as they are for Sharon more
by Grims
These are beautiful and beguiling tales about the most gracious of wild Africa's land animals you may ever encounter and their archangel, in the form of this author Sharon Pincott (a tenacious wildlife conservationist). You will sit in wonder at her unsurpassed intimate relationships with what some may think of as fearsome beasts and you will sit in wonder too (of a completely different kind) at those who treat her and her elephant friends and their environment appalling for their own gluttony and self-preoccupation. It is difficult to fathom that this could happen though perhaps not so when you consider that this is the unpredictable nation of Zimbabwe (that this author portrays as a breath-taking country). I was deeply touched and left wanting much more and that is the sign of a book worthy of reading. Her previous one, The Elephants & I, is now on my more
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