Searching for something more than her high-flying IT-executive life was offering, Sharon Pincott traded her privileged First World existence to start a new life with The Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe--the country's flagship clan of over 450 wild elephants. She knew nothing of Zimbabwe's ways; she was unpaid, untrained, self-funded and arrived with the starry-eyed air of most foreigners. For more than a decade, this passionate wildlife conservationist has lived in the Hwange bush among the Presidential Elephants that she is devoted to and will do anything to protect. One minute she's cherishing incredibly intimate encounters with these gentle giants, the next she's accused of being a spy and then her name appears on a Zimbabwe police wanted-persons list. While things often seem to go from bad to worse, she relentlessly perseveres in the face of overwhelming odds to stick by the elephants she so obviously loves. Written with engaging humour and warmth and a deep, tangible love of Africa's wildlife, Sharon recounts the enchanting times that make her life in the wilds bearable, as well as some of the preposterous incidents that force her to question her sanity in staying in Zimbabwe. Succeeding her highly praised book, The Elephants and I, this captivating collection of bush tales, including two eight-page picture sections, offers a further glimpse into the wonders, and grim realities, of choosing a life less ordinary.
Inspiring and also Unnerving
by Tim Meehan-Paker in the United States (24/07/2012)
Mugabe's elephants. Well at least his assumed protection of them. Who would have imagined. Sharon Pincott is certainly their guardian angel in the Hwange bush in Zimbabwe. This is a feel-good read, full of reminiscences and uptodate stories, brilliantly evoking an African world of elephants and the hostilities they and their mentors face. The music of Pincott's words make you not want to put this book down. Dont make the mistake of reading it too fast. Saviour every triumphant page.
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