Lawrence Anthony was a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books, including the bestseller, “The Elephant Whisperer”.
He bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe from human atrocities. Anthony, known for his unique ability to calm traumatized elephants and herds, became a legend when it came to light that he had rescued animals from the Baghdad Zoo during the U.S. Iraqi invasion in 2003.
On March 2, 2012 Lawrence Anthony died. He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grandsons and numerous elephants.
Two days after his passing, a remarkable thing happened: The wild elephants showed up at his home led by two large matriarchs. Two separate wild herds living within the Thula Thula Game Reserve arrived to say ‘goodbye’ to their beloved friend. A total of 20 elephants had walked over 12 miles through the Zululand bush to get to Anthony’s South African house.
“They had not visited the house for a year-and-a-half and it must have taken them about 12 hours to make the journey,” said Dylan, Anthony’s son.
“The first herd arrived on Sunday and the second herd, a day later. They all hung around for about two days before making their way back into the bush,” related Dylan.
Witnessing this spectacle, many people were obviously in awe, not only because of the profound memory and emotion that the beloved animals had, but because of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these elephants displayed in their sensing of Lawrence’s passing: Walking slowly the elephants made their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat to his house.
Lawrence’s wife, Francoise, was especially touched. The elephants obviously wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring the friend who’d saved their lives by showing so much respect that they stayed for 2 days and 2 nights. Then one morning, they left, making their long journey back home.
Lawrence Anthony was founder of “The Earth Organization” and his initiatives will continue, making a massive impact on the world of conservation. He was an award winning conservationist, explorer, adventurer, and author. His new book ‘The Last Rhinos’ was released at the end of March 2012.