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Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story

de Daphne Sheldrick

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A conservationist who has dedicated her life to saving orphan elephants in Africa describes her relationships with her late husband, Tsavo Park warden David Sheldrick, and a host of animals, including the majestic elephant, Eleanor.
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Sheldrick paints a vivid picture of life in Kenya for the settler community during the twentieth century. Her descriptions of the land, the animals, and the establishment of Tsavo National Reserve and orphan rescue is fascinating, but I struggled with her lack of acknowledgement of non-white figures in this narrative. They are rarely mentioned by name and most that are are enemy poaches or politicians. Do not misunderstand me: I enjoyed this book a lot, but I feel like there is more to the story. ( )
  rapini | Jul 1, 2019 |
Fascinating book - what a life she led! I will be donating to her foundation. ( )
  carolfoisset | Apr 4, 2019 |
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Daphne Sheldrick's best-selling love story of romance, life and elephants, An African Love Story: Love, Life and Elephants is an incredible story from Africa's greatest living conservationist.

A typical day for Daphne involves rescuing baby elephants from poachers; finding homes for orphan elephants, all the while campaigning the ever-present threat of poaching for the ivory trade.

An African Love Story is the incredible memoir of her life. It tells two stories - one is the extraordinary love story which blossomed when Daphne fell head over heels with Tsavo Game Park and its famous warden, David Sheldrick. The second is the love story of how Daphne and David, who devoted their lives to saving elephant orphans, at first losing every infant under the age of two until Daphne at last managed to devise the first-ever milk formula which would keep them alive.

Daphne Sheldrick has spent her entire life in Kenya. For over 25 years, she and her husband, David, the famous founder of the the giant Tsavo National Park, raised and rehabilitated back into the wild orphans of misfortune from many different wild species. These included elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, zebra, eland, kudu, impala, warthogs and many other smaller animals. In 2006 she was made Dame Commander of the British Empire by the Queen.


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I LOVED this book. I love memoirs and Daphne Sheldrake took it to a whole new level. Her descriptions were so vivid, I felt that I was watching a movie in my mind. This book is well worth reading. You would not be disappointed! ( )
  Emmie217 | Jun 27, 2018 |
What a wonderful book! What a wonderful life among the orphaned eles, rhinos, mischievous zebras, etc. I read this book in two days. Would've only taken one day but I had to get some sleep and go to work. One of the best books I've ever read, especially when she starts telling the stories of the various animals and even Gregory Peck, a very funny bird. ( )
  Jinjer.Hundley | Mar 24, 2018 |
Digital audiobook narrated by Virginia McKenna

Subtitle: An African Love Story

From the book jacket: 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.

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This is a wonderful memoir that takes the reader from Sheldrick’s birth and childhood through her teen years, and first love, on to the love of her life, David Sheldrick, and the work they accomplished together. He truly inspired her to a variety of achievements, perhaps most famously the founding of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the orphans’ nursery in Nairobi National Park.

She writes in a frank and open manner, describing her missteps as openly as her triumphs. I can feel her empathy with the animals, cheered with her when she achieved success, and shed tears at the heartbreaking events that befell some of her favorite animals. While I was interested most in her work with elephants, Sheldrick had room in her life for a wide variety of orphaned animals – rhinos, antelope, mongoose, and a mischievous zebra, among others.

Virginia McKenna does a marvelous job voicing the audio book. She has great pacing and really brought Sheldrick’s voice and point of view to life. ( )
  BookConcierge | Dec 9, 2017 |
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