Blogger Lori Robinson so enjoyed the warm, passionate autobiography of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the David Sheldrick Elephant Trust in Kenya, that she reviews it here for you.
An African Love Story is Kenya-born Daphne Sheldrick’s memoir about how love for her country, animals and men, including her soul mate, would eventually define and focus her lifelong work of caring for orphaned baby elephants. Woven into the story are historical details about Kenya’s national parks system and the anti-poaching efforts led by Daphne’s husband, the late David Sheldrick, in Tsavo East National Park.
Throughout the book, Daphne’s dedication to the hundreds of elephants, rhinos, warthogs, zebras and antelopes she has raised over the years is evident. For example, during one busy period, she drove 10 kilometres every three hours, including throughout the night, to hand-feed two baby elephants housed outside her orphanage.
Now people from across the world visit Daphne’s Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage outside Nairobi National Park, where she has raised and successfully returned to the wild more than 200 orphaned elephants.
For animal lovers worldwide, these stories of the unlikely friendships formed among Daphne’s menagerie make this a ‘can’t-put-down’ read.