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Sharon Pincott

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Page 99
1 May 2009

The Elephants and I
by Sharon Pincott (Jacana, R195)

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, poaching and land invasions. In 2001, former high-flying IT specialist Sharon Pincott – now nicknamed Mandlovu (Mother Elephant) – became an unpaid volunteer reporting on the wellbeing of elephants roaming the Hwange Estate. The 400-strong herd had a ‘special protection decree’ from Robert Mugabe until October 2003, when hunters were allowed back in. First (false) impression: dangerously naïve Aussie faces midlife crises (‘It [Africa] was the perfect place to rejuvenate my soul’). Final impression: a courageous and determined conservationist outlasts fear and intimidation to stay on and fight for her beloved animals.


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