Valu­able herd lessons on love

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO CITY BEAT -

A BLONDE, chic Parisi­enne, Fran­coise never ex­pected to find her­self liv­ing on a South African game re­serve.

But when she fell in love with renowned con­ser­va­tion­ist Lawrence An­thony, her life took an un­ex­pected turn.

When Lawrence died in 2012 she was left to run Thula Thula Pri­vate Game Re­serve out­side Em­pan­geni with­out him.

Short on money, with poach­ers threat­en­ing their rhi­nos, Fran­coise had lit­tle time to mourn when so many were de­pend­ing on her.

This charm­ing, funny and poignant book tells the story of how their ele­phant herd, res­cued by Lawrence, shared her grief and forged a new re­la­tion­ship with her.

One day, a baby ele­phant named Tom be­came sep­a­rated from the herd and landed up in her kitchen.

An­other day, and an­other ad­ven­ture oc­curred that would seem un­real to those liv­ing out­side of this un­pre­dictable and stun­ningly sur­pris­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Read about her jour­ney to ful­fil a dream of build­ing a res­cue cen­tre for or­phaned wildlife, nurs­ing sick an­i­mals through the night, run­ning an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned tourism des­ti­na­tion and never skip­ping a beat.

If you loved Lawrence An­thony’s ‘The Ele­phant Whis­perer’, you won’t want to miss this beau­ti­ful trib­ute to Zu­l­u­land, to Africa and all who in­habit her.

About the au­thor

Fran­coise Malby-An­thony was born in the south of France and has lived in South Africa since 1987.

In 1998 she founded Thula Thula with her late hus­band, world-renowned con­ser­va­tion­ist Lawrence An­thony.

She is the driv­ing force be­hind the Thula Thula Wildlife Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre, and co-au­thored ‘An Ele­phant in My Kitchen’ with Dutch au­thor Katja Willem­sen.

Ti­tle: An Ele­phant in My Kitchen Au­thor: Fran­coise Malby-An­thony Pub­lisher: Pan MacMil­lan

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