An unplanned visit to South Africa's Kruger National Park changed Sharon Pincott's life as she knew it. She was a high-flying Information Technology specialist Down Under, but now she dreamed of working with Africa's wildlife.
An unplanned visit to South Africa's Kruger National Park changed Sharon Pincott's life as she knew it. She was a high-flying Information Technology specialist Down Under, but now she dreamed of working with Africa's wildlife. Eventually, she abandoned her life of privilege and luxury and moved to Zimbabwe - a country in turmoil - to live and work among elephants on land bordering Hwange National Park. It was a startling contrast to her former life. In time, Sharon formed extraordinary relationships with wild elephants, having learned to know them intimately. She treasured escapades with friends, both human and animal, in spectacular remote places. But, as she soon discovered first-hand, the beauty and wonder of wild Zimbabwe had a dark foreboding side. Snaring of wildlife was rife, and when land invaders claimed the area where Sharon's elephant friends roamed, she went into battle for their land and their lives - while fighting for her own wellbeing, in her homeland of choice.
Sharon Pincott is an Australian photographer and former information technology specialist who, in 2001, moved to Zimbabwe to work among elephants near Hwange National Park.
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The Elephants and I - A heart moving storyWas this review helpful?
Reviewed by Judith from Adelaide, South Australia on 10 May 2009
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Sharon Pincott's move from a luxurious life in Australia to a hut in the wilds of Zimbabwe is a beautifully told story. Unfolding is the tale of a life lived to the beat of a different drum. Her dedication to the wild herd known as "The Presidential Herd" near Hwange NP bears testimony to her courage and determination. The sad reality of the encroachment and mismanagement of this area by land invaders euphamistcally named "settlers", the reality of hunting, poaching, the terrible wounds inflicted by snares - these are offset by the wonder of her acceptance by a wild herd and particualarly the touching relationship with one wild elephant, Lady and her small family. Sharon is still there doing her utmost to protect the elephants. If you care about wildlife and elephants in particular and find stories of life in the African bush interesting, Sharon's book and her assistance given to our fellow creatures is an outstanding and evocative read.