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Battle for the President's Elephants: Life, Lunacy & Elation in the African Bush Paperback – Illustrated, April 5, 2012

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"This book is a great read: entertaining, informative and brutally honest" - Getaway magazine

"They say you meet people who bring particular things to your life. Well, Sharon brought an insight and understanding to mine, an example of someone brave enough to follow her heart in search of her true calling. She's someone who doesn't believe in giving up or turning back, no matter how big the potholes." - Caravan & Outdoor Life

"a delightful collection of anecdotes of [Sharon Pincott's] life in Zim ... often amusing, often sad" - South Coast Herald

"An absorbing read, joyous in its passion for the sights and sounds of the bush, often lyrical in its descriptions of the creatures who share her world" - Saturday Star, South Africa

"A riveting and amusing read."-The Zimbabwean

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For more than a decade, Sharon Pincott has lived in the Hwange bush among The Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe: a celebrated clan of wild elephants that she is devoted to and will do anything to protect.
She has formed one of the most remarkable relationships with wild, free-roaming elephants ever documented, yet her battles to keep them safe never seem to end. 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, this passionate wildlife conservationist 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 for staying in Zimbabwe.
Succeeding her highly praised book, The Elephants and I, this captivating collection of bush tales offers a further glimpse into the wonders, and grim realities, of choosing a life less ordinary, where the species that you look out for is different from your own.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jacana Media; 1st edition (April 5, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1431403598
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1431403592
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.7 x 9.25 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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A MESSAGE FROM AUTHOR, SHARON PINCOTT: &quot;I'm very grateful to all of you who are reading, enjoying and learning more about our world's wonderful elephants, the troubled country of Zimbabwe where so many of them live, and also the struggles faced by those who work to help protect them. I'm also very grateful for your valuable feedback here, via, and also via (Unfortunately, Facebook - in all their wisdom - deleted my popular ElephantDawn account in mid-2019, and refused to reinstate it.) Thank you one and all for your ongoing interest!.... It's so important for the world to understand that elephants are in real trouble, despite some people in Zim STILL trying to stop me from spreading much-needed awareness .... You can now 'meet' me and some of the elephants you read about and also saw photographs of in Elephant Dawn - like the gorgeous Lady, Whole, Willa and Misty - in the international Award-winning documentary 'All the President's Elephants' - which you can now watch, FREE, online at this address: .... Enjoy!.... With warm wishes to you all, Sharon.&quot;

When Sharon Pincott decided in the year 2001, to live and work amongst wild elephants in Zimbabwe, Africa - abandoning her life as a high-flying IT Consultant 'Down Under' - her friends and family were aghast! She went to hell and back during the next 13 years, fighting to protect more than 500 wild, free-roaming elephants who roam the Hwange Estate in the far west of Zimbabwe. Yet her abiding love of Africa and its wildlife still remains, and is so very contagious. Sharon - now a dedicated wildlife conservationist and elephant behavioural specialist - formed extraordinary relationships with these wild free-roaming elephants, many of whom eventually came to her when called by name. She lived in a cottage that she shared with bats, rats, spiders and snakes. Visit or Amazon's 'Sharon Pincott Page' to view video footage of her incredible interactions with some of the well-known elephants who star in her books.

Now remote from Robert Mugabe’s rule, Sharon is finally able to write without restraint, taking us on a truly unforgettable ride of hope and heartbreak, profound love and loss, adversity and new beginnings in her latest book, ELEPHANT DAWN. It is the haunting, all-encompassing story we’ve been waiting for, released in 2016.

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