Lawrence Anthony was an acclaimed conservationist and an international best-selling author. He received the United Nations Earth Day medal for his work in Baghdad. He is the author of three books : Babylon’s Ark, the incredible wartime rescue of the Baghdad zoo, The Elephant Whisperer, the extraordinary story of one man’s battle to save his herd, and The Last Rhino, the powerful story of one man’s battle to save a species.


When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of “rogue” wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd’s last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn’t take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed, he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realise that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom. The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad account of Anthony’s experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, it is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.


Coronation Fund Managers created a television commercial, based on the remarkable true South African story of conservationist Lawrence Anthony as captured in his bestseller The Elephant Whisperer launched during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Sadly, some weeks prior to filming, Anthony passed away and so the commercial is told through the eyes and voice of his wife, Françoise Malby-Anthony, which adds another layer of emotion to this remarkable story.  The role of Lawrence is played by renowned South African actor-director Albert Maritz.

Lawrence’s passion for conservation lives on in the rangers enthusiasm & knowledge of wildlife. Craig & Tanzy Van Wyk, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Like so many we were drawn here after reading the The Elephant Whisperer What a magical experience! To see the ele’s at dusk, was to understand why they are known as the “Grey Ghosts” Then we were treated to a mock charge from Shaka,to let us know he was there. Twice we followed the herd and our finale was to walk to croc pools and watch Nana’s group drink at dusk. Thank you all at Thula Thula. Bill & Chrissie