Daphne Sheldrick's best-selling memoir, "Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story" transports the listener to the fascinating and mysterious world of Kenya. Her family began their life in Africa when they left Scotland in the 1820's and that is where the story begins. The determination of her ancestors gave Sheldrick the opportunity to experience an adventurous childhood that inspired her life of activism. In this beautifully crafted memoir, Sheldrick tells the story of her life as a conservationist. At the heart of her story are her two great loves; her husband, David and her elephant friend, Eleanor. Sheldrick has enjoyed over 40 years of friendship with Eleanor. Even though the elephant was long ago released into the wild, they still cross paths. The story of how their bond was formed is moving and unforgettable.
David, the Tsavo park warden, is the love of Daphne's life. Their relationship is the center of her story. With the kind of empathy that could only come from a lifetime of experience, Sheldrick saves baby elephants from death by studying the habits of their communities and mimicking those habits until the elephants can be released into the wild to live as they were meant to. She is the first person who has achieved consistent success with hand raising orphaned baby elephants, and her passion shines through in this amazing story of her life.
Sheldrick founded the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Orphans' Nursery in Nairobi National Park in her late husband's honor. She and her husband worked side by side from 1955 until 1976. During that time, she rehabilitated many wild animals. Through years of research she has perfected the milk formula that makes rescuing elephants under the age of three possible.
Sheldrick was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery by Glasgow University in June 2000. In 1992 she became one of the first 500 people to be included in U.N.E.P.'s elite Global 500 Roll of Honour. Among her many achievements is recognition by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of 35 people who have positively impacted wildlife conservation worldwide. In 2006, Queen Elizabeth II granted Dr. Daphne Sheldrick the first Knighthood to be awarded in Kenya since 1963.
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.
In this heartwarming 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, the little dwarf mongoose; Gregory
Peck, the busy buffalo weaver bird; Huppety, the mischievous zebra; and the
majestic elephant Eleanor, with whom Daphne has shared more than forty years of
But this is also a magical and heartbreaking 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 inspired Daphne’s vast array
of achievements, most notably the founding of the world-renowned David
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Orphans’ Nursery in 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 for conserving Kenya’s wildlife, but also their
ability to engage with the human side of animals and their rearing of the
orphans expressly so they can return to the wild, Love, Life, and Elephants is alive with compassion and humor,
providing a rare insight into the life of one of the world’s most remarkable
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