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Among the Elephants

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The incredible true story of a young couple's love and adventures among the majestic giants of the wild. With 16 pages of extraordinary photographs.
Published 1975 by Collins & Harvill Press
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Among the Elephants is a book in the grand old tradition of naturalist narratives. Douglas-Hamilton chronicles his amazing adventures with such formal, lovely, British (or Scottish?) dryness and under-statement that they are a pleasure to read. I worried a little about the Oria Douglas-Hamilton sections of the book at first--concerned they may be too purply or flowery--but her genuine voice comes through so well that any qualms are laid to rest.

Add to that the fascinating and absorbing subject
David Ward
Among the Elephants by Iain Douglas-Hamilton (Viking 1975)(+/- 333.959) - This is a fascinating look into the families, the culture, and the chance for survival of the wild African elephant herds b y the world's leading expert. My rating: 8/10, finished 1982.
This is an amazing book. The authors discuss years of following the same herds of elephants in Africa, and report on their observations. They delve into the individuality of each animal. This was a life-changing book for me.
Lynne Ward
I read this years ago but have always kept it on my shelf as it is a captivating look at animals that I will never see in the wild.
Well written. Highly recommended if you're interested in elephants or life on the ground in northern Tanzania.
Oct 21, 2009 Faith marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Among the Elephants by Iain and Oria Douglas-Hamilton (1975)
Darlene Ferland
A MUST-READ for lovers of elephants. . .
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