Love, Life, and Elephants - Daphne Sheldrick

Love, Life, and Elephants

By Daphne Sheldrick

  • Release Date: 2012-05-08
  • Genre: Nature
Score: 4.5
From 110 Ratings


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 great friendship.

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 women.


  • A bad romance novel

    By tomkyd
    This is much less a book about nature or Africa than a self-indulgent romance novel about the author's love life. Very disappointing.
  • Life, Love and Elephants

    By Tessindenver
    Truly wonderful reading, this is a heartwarming, true story of the life of one of the pioneers of Kenyan wildlife preservation.
  • Wonderfully touching

    By Bibita cmeb
    Loved this book!!!
  • Love, Life and Elephants

    By -skeezix-
    Truly enlarges or helps to complete one's sense of both our place in the world and the condition of this world. The squirrels in my yard will suffer no further disdain from this moment forward.
  • Loved it

    By Bushbaby2
    Sad at times, but always fascinating. What a wonderful cause to bequeath ones inheritance to.
  • Love, life and Elephants

    By Readin fiend
    A joy to read. What an exceptional life you have had! Bless you for your love of wildlife, and thanks so much for sharing!
  • Incredible

    By Jena Michelle
    I loved everything about this book, especially the vivid descriptions that depict the exquisite beauty of Kenya. This is a classic.
  • Inspiring!

    By Readerfan
    What an incredible life she has lead! A beautiful story that everyone should read! Maybe this will inspire more people to help save our endangered wildlife- these elephants moved me to tears! I want one!
  • Love, Life, and Elephants

    By Lovebks
    What a wonderful book. A must read, especially if you love animals. A five star for sure.