Lawrence Anthony's South African game reserve is home to many animals he has saved, from a remarkable herd of elephants to a badly behaved bushbaby called George. Described as 'the Indiana Jones of conservation', when one of his rhinos was brutally slaughtered for her horn, he didn't hesitate to lead an armed response against the poachers. Then he learned that there were only a handful of northern white rhinos left in the wild, living in an area of the Congo controlled by the infamous Lord's Resistance Army and soon to be hunted into extinction. Lawrence knew he had to take action.
What followed was an extraordinary adventure, as he headed into the jungle to negotiate with the rebels, while battling to save his own animals from terrible drought and to save the eyesight of his beloved elephant matriarch Nana. The Last Rhinos is peopled with unforgettable characters, both human and animal, and is a sometimes funny, sometimes moving, always exciting read.
'Anthony was a charismatic figure whose life combined Gerald Durrell-esque animal antics with Wilbur Smith bush heroics . . . a rattling read with an urgent message' BBC Wildlife Magazine
Head of conservation at the Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, South Africa, Anthony (The Elephant Whisperer) recounts his role in the northern white rhino s perilous struggle against extinction: Unless something fundamental changes, and quickly, every last one in the wild will eventually be killed. These rhinos, one of the world s largest creatures, are being brutally slaughtered for a horn which is little more than keratin used in traditional Asian healing. It is difficult to remain calm, he says, when these rhinos do not get protection against savage poaching. Anthony doesn t shy away from danger, even when his journey to save the rhinos unexpectedly entwines him in the midst of Ugandan political warfare. He meets with the Lord s Resistance Army, rebel war criminals hiding in the Congolese jungle, to persuade them to protect these animals. Riddled with heartfelt anecdotes, Anthony s brave crusade to save these mammals even at great risk to his own safety reads like a safari adventure, a history lesson, and a warning that our careless ways will bring an end to so many magnificent species. Photos.
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The last rhino
What an incredible journey. I'm truly lost for words. Everyone must read this book so that mr Antony's legacy lives on. Inspirational and heart breaking.