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An African Love Story: Love, Life and Elephants by Dame Daphne Sheldrick

An African Love Story: Love, Life and Elephants

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A typical day for Daphne involves rescuing baby elephants from poachers, finding homes for orphan elephants, all the while campaigning against the possibility that the ivory trade might be re-opened. This title presents a memoir of her life.

A note from the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust*...

'Daphne Sheldrick 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.

In this heart-warming and poignant memoir, Daphne shares her amazing relationships with a host of orphans, including her first love, Bushy, a liquid-eyed antelope; Rickey-Tickey-Tavey, a little dwarf mongoose; Gregory Peck, the busy buffalo weaver bird; Hupperty, the mischievous zebra, and the majestic elephant Eleanor, now a powerful matriarch with whom Daphne has shared over forty years of great friendship.

But this is also a magical and heart-breaking human love story between Daphne and David Sheldrick, the famous Tsavo Park warden. It was their deep and passionate love, David’s extraordinary insight into all aspects of nature and the tragedy of his early death that have inspired Daphne’s vast array of achievements, most notably the founding of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Orphans’ Nursery in the Nairobi National Park, where Daphne continues to live and work to this day.

Encompassing not only David and Daphne’s tireless campaign for an end to poaching and conserving Kenya’s wildlife, but above all their ability to engage with the human side of animals and their rearing of the orphans expressly so they can return to the wild.

An African Love Story is alive with love, compassion and humour, providing a rare insight into the life of one of the world’s most remarkable women.'

* The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is dedicated to the protection and conservation of wildlife and habitats in Kenya. Best known for the rescue and hand-rearing of milk dependent orphaned baby elephants and rhinos, so that they can return to the wild when grown, the DSWT also manages anti-poaching teams, mobile veterinary units and community outreach programs.

You may have seen the DSWT elephant orphans’ project featured in the BBC One series ‘Elephant Diaries’ or more recently ‘Nature’s Miracle Babies’, as well as the IMAX film Born to be Wild 3D, currently in 3D cinemas.


An African Love Story: Love, Life and Elephants by Dame Daphne Sheldrick

A typical day for Daphne involves rescuing baby elephants from poachers; finding homes for orphan elephants, all the while campaigning against the possibility that the ivory trade might be re-opened.

An African Love Story is the incredible memoir of her life. It tells two stories. The first is the Tsavo years, and the extraordinary love story which blossomed when the young Daphne, moved to Tsavo with her first husband and fell head over heels with both the 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.

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About the Author

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. She has two daughters, both of whom have spent their lives helping her. In 2002 she received the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006 she was made Dame Commander of the British Empire by the Queen, the first Knighthood to be awarded in Kenya since the country received Independence in 1963.

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1st March 2012


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