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Sharon Pincott

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About Sharon Pincott

Sharon Pincott and the ElephantsSharon Pincott is the author of the autobiographical work The Elephants and I: Pursuing a Dream in Troubled Zimbabwe (2009), Battle for the President’s Elephants (2012) , and the newly released Elephant Dawn: The Inspirational Story of Thirteen Years Living with Elephants in the African Wilderness.

Praise for Elephant Dawn

Every now and then a book comes along that breaks through the wallpaper of my own life and delivers its message intravenously. Elephant Dawn did that for me – an intense read, inspiring and moving.

- Simon Espley, CEO, Africa Geographic

Praise for The Elephants and I

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, Author of the international bestseller, I Dreamed of Africa


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


During the fifty years since I first went to Africa, I have collected or been given a considerable number of books written by those who have been to Africa but very few stand out in my memory as being exceptional. I was privileged therefore to be asked to contribute a few words to this very special book written by a great lady who writes with such dedication, feeling and passion for the gentle giants of Africa. … [Sharon] writes as only someone who has Africa in her blood can, of the despair and the delights of the so-called dark continent. Wildlife deserves a better deal than it is getting from Man, the most lethal animal on the planet and when I leave Africa now after every visit I cry tears of joy and anger. Sharon’s book will, I know, bring similar feelings to the reader.

– David Shepherd OBE, FRSA, Founder of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, UK


Sharon Pincott is the Joy Adamson of Zimbabwe. It takes a very special person to battle the loneliness and isolation of the African bush. Sharon’s passionate commitment to the Presidential Elephants – in the face of soaring political tensions … – is contagious. We salute her courage and dedication. Her book gives rare and important insights … This vivid, first-hand account … is heart-breaking.

– Wilf Mbanga, Editor, The Zimbabwean


What a remarkable piece of writing! In The Elephants and I, Sharon Pincott takes us on an incredible journey into the very heart and soul of Africa, its natural splendour and, of course, the gentle giants that traverse the continent. Such a tale is long overdue. While many have been lured by Africa’s wildlife and beauty, few have managed to capture this splendour with such finesse and grandeur. It is in the joy, the sorrow and the lonely reality of a country and a species in serious trouble that Sharon is able to remind us of what it was like..

– Jason Bell-Leask , Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Southern Africa


Sharon Pincott has written a memoir worthy of her elephant friends. A very moving story.

– Gareth Patterson, international best-selling author of Last of the Free


Sharon Pincott had the courage to leave a cushy life … the grit to stand up against [those] who looked the other way as the earth’s largest land mammals were slaughtered … But perhaps what took the most pluck was for her to write this story openly … if everyone had the spunk of Sharon Pincott we would have few conservation problems on our earth.

– Delia Owens, Ph.D and co-author of the international best-seller Cry of the Kalahari


A heart-rending story, set in difficult times: Sharon Pincott exudes passion, courage and dedication as she tells it like it really is. And there’s still room for humour amongst the tragedy – you’ll be inspired!

– Nicholas Duncan, President, SAVE Foundation of Australia


Sharon’s story speaks of a genuine passion and enthusiasm for her new African home – joy at discovering a new world … While the tale of a modern girl giving up city life for the faraway African bush is a few decades past qualifying for remarkable, it is lifted by the fact that she chose to swap a secure life in suburban, comfortable Australia for one of increasing political uncertainty in Zimbabwe … finding herself pitted against land-invading ‘settlers’ and snares while seeking to protect her increasingly persecuted
elephants. This [book] is for those who look out of the window at work, wondering ‘what if’ they pursued their dreams.

– Angus Begg, CN award-winning journalist/TV producer, South Africa


After reading [this] book you will feel as though you have been to Africa and experienced the wonderful world that it truly is.

– Rob Faber, Managing Editor, The Elephant, The Netherlands


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