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THE ELEPHANT WHISPERER, by Lawrence Anthony

A beguiling adult non-fiction book but suitable for most ages, certainly fun for a parent to read to their children (given a caveat or two about gun-toting poachers). Lawrence Anthony, conservationist, a native of South Africa, bought Thula Thula, a 5000 acre Zululand game reserve once a private hunting preserve. Determined to turn it into a model conservation area, he was asked to accept a herd of "difficult" elephants, led by a wily matriarch who could get out of any enclosure, even electrified fences. The tale of the relationship between Anthony and his elephants is filled with adventure, happiness, witch doctors, and sorrow. A marvelous read for anyone who loves big animals. A 5.