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THE ELEPHANTS AND I
Pursuing a Dream in Troubled Zimbabwe
They came when
she called. Offering her trunk to be rubbed Lady would acknowledge Sharon’s
greeting and return hers. This proud, noble and wild matriarch would bring
her family to the pan at Kanondo, knowing Sharon, sitting quietly watching,
only wishes them well.
Then came the drought. The land grabbers who claimed State Land and
elephants protected by a Presidential Decree their own. In came the
unethical hunters and the dreadful poaching by the cruellest measure, snares,
However, Sharon Pincott continued her commitment to care for what had been
previously declared as the Presidential Elephants – and indeed any living
creature that lived in this special wilderness area.
Home became a small rondavel bordering the
Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.
Surviving loneliness, hardships and Nicki Mukuru her 4 x 4 vehicle, Sharon
Pincott did not give up her mission to help and protect wildlife, and
particularly ‘her elephants’ through the recent turbulent times in Zimbabwe.
There is a hint of Sharon being a little disparaging about others who have
gone before her, other men and women who have dedicated their whole lives to
caring for wildlife, many who have done so with little or no recognition,
and many who have to consider their families before speaking out against
forces they do not agree with and have no control over.
This is an inspirational true story of one person who abandons a high-flying
career and luxurious life-style to fulfil her dream. Sharon’s descriptions
of the Hwange area and its myriad of wildlife are so evocative one can
easily image themselves there and memories come flooding back. Sharon sees
not only the larger elephants and wildlife, but the little things that make
Hwange, and indeed Africa, so special.
Published 2009 by Jacana,
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