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The Elephants and I: Pursuing a Dream In Troubled Zimbabwe Paperback – April 1, 2010

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The Secret meets Born Free in this story of an Australian woman's bond with 'the Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe' and her efforts to stay positive and protect them in a time of political upheaval.
--British Airways Comair magazine

Sharon Pincott's The Elephants and I masterfully combines a tale of the struggle to conserve Zimbabwe's 'Presidential Elephants' with a portrait of what life in Zimbabwe is like; it is a passionate and touching read.
--Big Issue, South Africa

Sharon Pincott is the Joy Adamson of Zimbabwe. It takes a special person to battle the loneliness/isolation of the African bush. We salute her courage and dedication. Her book gives rare and important insights.
--Wilf Mbanga, Editor, The Zimbabwean

A moving account of Africa's power to attract, inspire and change the course of one's life, giving it a new meaning. Sharon's story is of courage, adventure, love and commitment to the elephant of Zimbabwe. --Kuki Gallmann, 'I Dreamed of Africa'

Sharon had the courage to leave a cushy life, the grit to stand up against those who looked the other way. If everyone had her spunk we would have few conservation problems on our earth.
--Delia Owens, 'Cry of the Kalahari'

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An unplanned visit to South Africa's Kruger National Park changed Sharon Pincott's life as she knew it. She was a high-flying information technology specialist Down Under, but now she dreamed of working with Africa's wildlife. Eventually, she abandoned her life of privilege and luxury and moved to Zimbabwe - a country in turmoil - to live and work among elephants on land bordering Hwange National Park. It was a startling contrast to her former life. In time, Sharon formed extraordinary relationships with wild elephants, having learned to know them intimately. She treasured escapades with friends, both human and animal, in spectacular, remote places. But, as she soon discovered firsthand, the beauty and wonder of wild Zimbabwe had a dark foreboding side. Snaring of wildlife was rife, and when land invaders claimed the area where Sharon's elephant friends roamed, she went into battle for their land and their lives - while fighting for her own wellbeing, in her homeland of choice.

This is an inspirational true story filled with unrivalled splendour, joy and hope - but in today's Zimbabwe, this precious beauty is frequently shattered by heartbreaking despair.

Sharon Pincott has written a brave and passionate book about her work in Zimbabwe trying to protect the special herd called the 'Presidential Elephants'. Against all odds and her own safety she has stayed in this troubled country for over eight years trying to deal with poaching, land grabbing, unethical hunters and personal harassment. Sharon vividly portrays both the tragedies and joys of her mission. Her writing about the individual elephants and their behaviour is fascinating. I highly recommend this book for its insights into some of the conservation challenges in Africa, into elephant behaviour and into the personality of an extraordinary woman. - Cynthia Moss, World-renowned Elephant Specialist, Amboseli, Kenya

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jacana Media; First Edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 280 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1770096493
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1770096493
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

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A MESSAGE FROM AUTHOR, SHARON PINCOTT: "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."

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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By M. Keating on June 30, 2009
Just got my copy of The elephants and I. Sharon is one gutsy woman living her dream in Zimbabwe amongst those magnificent elephants. The book really shares her ups and downs of life in Zimbabwe battling politics, animal snaring and a country in turmoil. The photographs capture some of the beauty that has made her so passionate about her life there. She is truly inspiring. I thoroughly recommend getting a copy.
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