An elephant in my kitchen : what the herd taught me about love, courage and survival
'The most magical book about the African bush since Born Free' - Daily MailFrancoise Malby-Anthony never expected to find herself responsible for a herd of elephants with a troubled past. A chic Parisienne, her life changed forever when she fell in love with South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony.
Together they founded a game reserve but after Lawrence's death, Francoise faced the daunting responsibility of running Thula Thula without him.
Poachers attacked their rhinos, their security team wouldn't take orders from a woman and the authorities were threatening to cull their beloved elephant family.
On top of that, the herd's feisty new matriarch Frankie didn't like her. In this heart-warming and moving book, Francoise describes how she fought to protect the herd and to make her dream of building a wildlife rescue centre a reality.
She found herself caring for a lost baby elephant who turned up at her house, and offering refuge to traumatized orphaned rhinos, and a hippo called Charlie who was scared of water.
As she learned to trust herself, she discovered she'd had Frankie wrong all along . . . Filled with extraordinary animals and the humans who dedicate their lives to saving them, An Elephant in My Kitchen by Francoise Malby-Anthony is a captivating and gripping read.
1HFMS Republic of South Africa, BGA Autobiography: general, BM Memoirs, BTP True stories of heroism, endurance & survival, JFFZ Animals & society, RNKH Conservation of wildlife & habitats, WNCF Wildlife: mammals, WNH Zoos & wildlife parks