The Elephant Whisperer - Lawrence Anthony & Graham Spence

The Elephant Whisperer

By Lawrence Anthony & Graham Spence

  • Release Date: 2009-11-10
  • Genre: Nature
Score: 4.5
From 614 Ratings


When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them.

In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad account of Anthony's experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, it is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.


  • Title is terrific

    By danmatras
    A very entertaining book that is a joy to read. I found it to be very educational and heartwarming. I recommend it highly to anyone.
  • What a lifesaving story about wildlife in Africa.

    By AnneKateM
    Those African elephants 🐘 are amazing 🤩 creatures in the African wilderness. Anne Katherine Mautner
  • An awesome read

    By MontanaSue
    Was thoroughly into this story and felt right there. Was very well written and enjoyed so much ready to read the next.
  • The elephant whisperer

    By missmcgonagle
    Quick read, good interesting story. Makes you want to go on safari
  • The Elephant Whisperer

    By Ralphnun1
    I just loved this book and the personal stories of the elephants was great.
  • The Elephant Whisperer

    By elveranancy
    Absolutely stunning! The author generously allows us to accompany him into a world we never knew existed. I couldn’t put it down. It was a privilege to read.
  • Elephant Whisperer

    By dhattc
    I just finished reading this book for the second time. I thought that when I read the book the first time that it was the best book I have ever read. It is even better the second time. I have been to Africa 3 times and after reading this book I will be going again. Dave
  • Obsessed

    By Relyonreviews
    I think everyone and their mother should read this book. It is beautifully written and teaches so many valuable lessons that put your life into perspective. I love love love this book. If you know what’s good for you you will read it!!!
  • WOW!!

    By MrsFraq
    I can't tell you how much I truly love this book. I read it in 2 days. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. What a truly magnificent elephant Nana is
  • Some hyperbole

    By hallright
    This book was interesting in parts, but I found many discrepancies in some of the "facts" he reports. The "fact" that they can't keep certain snake antivenin at the house because it doesn't keep. In fact, that particular antivenin is good for at least 6 months if kept refrigerated. Also, at one point he mentions wild elephants holding on to other elephant's tails. This is a behavior never seen in wild's a trained behavior used by circus elephants. I just felt many of the experiences related in this book were exaggerated ....many just did not make sense!