Lawrence Anthony

2 Mart 2012'de Afrika'daki bir insanın ölümünün ardından, akıllara durgunluk veren bir olay oldu.

Lawrence Anthony adında bir çevre korumacı, Afrika'da yaşadığı evde ani bir kalp krizi geçirdi ve vefat etti. Fillerle iletişim kurabilmesiyle, kontrol edilemez derecede agresif filleri sakinleştirmesiyle bililenen Anthony, birçok filin hayatta kalmasını sağlamıştı. Arazilerine girdiği için, veya saldırdığı için insanlar tarafından vurulan filler, Anthony sayesinde sakinleşmiş ve insanlar için herhangi bir ‘tehdit’ olmayı bırakmışlardı.

Şaşırtıcı olan olay ise, Anthony'nin ölümünden 12 saat sonra yaşandı.

Evine, kurtardığı fillerden bir grup tek sıra halinde yürüyerek geldi. 12 saatlik mesafeden geldiği sanılan bu filler, 2 gün boyunca evinin etrafında kaldılar. Bir gün içerisinde başka bir yerden bir fil sürüsü daha geldi, onların da katettiği mesafeye bakıldığında, onların yola Lawrence Anthony'nin öldüğü an çıktığı anlaşıldı.

Bu iki fil sürüsü, kendilerine bakan, iletişim kurabildikleri, sevdikleri insanın ölümüne yas tutmaya gelmişlerdi. Filler, ölüme yas tutan ender hayvanlardan biri. Ölü fil gördüklerinde kendi gruplarından olsun olmasın, yas tutar, bedeni açıkta kaldıysa üzerini dallarla ve yapraklarla örterler. Aynada kendilerini tanır, suyu daha sonra içebilmek üzere çukurlara gömer, ve inanılmaz bir hafızaya sahiptirler.

Anlaşılan o ki, bağlantı kurdukları bir kalbin durduğunu kilometrelerce öteden hissedecek kadar hassaslar. Anthony'nin öldüğünü nasıl anladıkları bir soru işareti, ama aynı zamanda da kalbin enerjisinin/iletişiminin tür farkı gözetmeksizin, çok geniş bir alana yayıldığının da kanıtı.


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 Not: 2. resim, ilk grubun eve gelişini gösteriyor.

Quote from Lawrence Anthony, a South African international conservationist, environmentalist, explorer, and bestselling author. 

Lawrence Anthony (conservationist and author of the elephant whisperer) passed away last weekend. An entire herd of elephants went to his house to mourn his passing. About 20 elephants from the Thula Thula Reserve gathered outside his home. What more proof do you need that animals feel complex emotions? “Anthony was convinced that they could communicate on another level. And now here they are, every night, coming to say goodbye.”

Obit of the Day: The Man Who Saved the Baghdad Zoo

Lawrence Anthony was a South African insurance salesman who ended up working to preserve lands for the animals of Africa including the creation of two game reserves. But his most dramatic work occurred just after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Baghdad was the home to the largest zoo in the Middle East. Lawrence Anthony realized that few people would care for, or about, the animals placed in harm’s way by war. After receiving no response to his concerns from the British or American governments, Anthony took matters into his own hands and headed for Baghdad.

Allowed to cross into Iraq by sympathetic Kuwaiti soldiers, Anthony brought a truck of veterinary supplies and was assisted by two Kuwaiti zoo workers. It would not be enough. The zoo was in shambles. Animals had escaped, or been released. (One bear had killed looters.) Others were dead. Those that were still in cages were severely dehydrated and not been fed in weeks. Anthony set to work to fix the zoo. Soon after he was being helped by American soldiers and former members of Saddam’s Republican Guard. Even local mullahs told their followers to leave Anthony alone.

By the time he left six months later, the surviving animals were nursed back to health, the zoo repaired, and it was once again open for visitors. Anthony was recognized by the UN as well as the US Army 3rd Infantry Division for his work. In 2007, Anthony and Graham Spence, released a book documenting the experience of rebuilding the zoo - Babylon’s Ark. (There are plans to turn the story into a film. Mr. Anthony thought Brad Pitt should play him.)

Lawrence Anthony, who was also called “The Elephant Whisperer” for his work with nine rogue elephants in the late ‘90s, died at the age of 61.

(Image of Mr. Anthony and an elephant, because why not, is courtesy of the Guardian)

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According to Grist, when “elephant whisperer” Lawrence Anthony died in March, two herds of his elephant friends came to his house to stand vigil:

Anthony had spent time living with the elephants, in order to care for traumatized animals who were considered violent and unruly. But at the time of his death, of a heart attack, Anthony was living in a house on the Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa. The park’s elephants hadn’t visited the house in a year and a half, but Anthony’s son Dylan says that the herds traveled 12 hours to arrive shortly after his father’s death.

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If you have ever read Lawrence Anthony’s The Elephant Whisperer, then you know this is a Really Big Deal. (If you haven’t read the book, do. It is a fabulous story.)

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The world – humans and animals – are infinitely poorer now that he is no longer in it. My thoughts to his family.  “Last Thursday, after Anthony’s death, the whole herd came to the house and they have come every night since. Anthony was convinced that they could communicate on another level. And now here they are, every night, coming to say goodbye.

“But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.” 

- Lawrence Anthony (The Elephant Whisperer)

Photograph by Gregory Colbert


“But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.” 
― Lawrence AnthonyThe Elephant Whisperer


Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books including the bestseller The Elephant Whispererbravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe from human atrocities, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo animals during US invasion in 2003. On March 7,  2012 Lawrence Anthony died.  He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grandsons, and numerous elephants.  Two days after his passing, the wild elephants showed up at his home led by two large matriarchs. Separate wild herds arrived in droves to say goodbye to their beloved man-friend.  A total of 20 elephants had patiently walked over 12 miles to get to his South African house.

Witnessing this spectacle, humans were obviously in awe, not only because of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these elephants sensed about Lawrence ‘s passing, but also because of the profound memory and emotion the beloved animals evoked in such an organized way:  Walking slowly for days, making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat to his house.

Lawrence‘s wife, Francoise, was especially touched, knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over a year! But yet they knew where they were going. The elephants obviously wanted to pay  their deep respects, honoring their friend who’d saved their lives - so much respect that they stayed for 2 days and 2 nights.  Then one morning, they left, making their long journey back home.
Wild Elephants gather inexplicably, mourn death of “Elephant Whisperer”

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For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who saved their lives.The formerly violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot a few years ago as pests, were rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony, who had grown up in the bush and was known as the “Elephant Whisperer.” For two days the herds loitered at Anthony’s rural compound on the vast Thula Thula game reserve in the South African KwaZulu – to say good-bye to the man they loved. But how did they know he had died? 


El conservacionista sudafricano Lawrence Anthony falleció el 2 de marzo a los 61 años.

Cuando Lawrence Anthony (Johanesburgo, 1950) vio en abril de 2003 las imágenes de un Bagdad en llamas, pensó en lo que la jerga militar denomina “daños colaterales”, es decir, las víctimas del combate ajenas a los contendientes. Anthony había oído que la capital de Irak albergaba uno de los zoológicos más grandes de Oriente Próximo. “No podía apartar de mí la imagen de los animales muriéndose en sus jaulas”, afirmó, tras conseguir poner a muchos de ellos a salvo.


Uno de los méritos más notorios de Anthony fue lograr que facciones que se habían enfrentado encarnizadamente cooperaran en sus acciones de rescate.


El siguiente ejercicio de diplomacia de Anthony en zonas bélicas se produjo en 2006. Logró convencer a las dos facciones que luchaban en la República Democrática del Congo de que cesaran las hostilidades hasta ver qué se hacía con los rinocerontes blancos que deambulaban por la zona.


Tampoco se olvidó de los animales de su propia tierra: en 1999 adoptó una familia de elefantes salvajes, que estuvieron a punto de ser abatidos debido a los problemas que causaban en el área donde se movían, lo que le valió ser conocido como “el hombre que susurraba a los elefantes”.