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Lawrence Anthony—The Elephant Whisperer

Lawrence AnthonyThe Earth Organization was founded in 2003 by Dr. Lawrence Anthony—after repeatedly witnessing the distressing affects from growing discord between Mankind and the natural world.

These experiences had such a profound impact, he felt compelled to form a completely new kind of environmental and conservation organization to arrest the dangerous decline of Planet

Earth’s species. Some of his most influencing engagements and remarkable accomplishments have been:

  • Entering the chaos of a war zone at the onset of the Iraqi War in 2003, in an extraordinary 5½ month rescue initiative of the animals and staff of the Baghdad Zoo.
  • His legendary relationship with a herd of wild African elephants. After rescuing them from certain death by poachers and government officials, their bond with him became such that he could call out to them in the bush near his home in South Africa and they would come to him as friends. Every time he returned from a trip, the herd would appear at his home to welcome him.
  • His negotiations with top generals of an infamous and powerful African rebel army resulted in their signing a UN peace treaty, which included an agreement to stop killing the highly endangered Northern White Rhinos and the game rangers protecting them.
  • The establishment of “community prosperity and wildlife preserves”–for not only the economic empowerment of indigenous people but the conservation and optimum utilization of their natural resources and wildlife.

After returning from Baghdad, Dr. Anthony established his conservation organization dedicated to advancing real solutions to the world’s environmental problems.

His vision was to raise awareness of humanity’s vital partnership with the natural world. Moreover, that this endeavor be science-based and involve working with industry, governments, civic leaders and communities.

His plan was, through cooperative action and education of all stakeholders, to bring rational solutions to environmental challenges facing everyone.

Many of Lawrence’s bold achievements were covered by CNN, BBC, CBS, “Men’s Journal,” “Elle” magazine, “Readers Digest,” “The Smithsonian,” “Carte Blanche,” “The Globe,” and others. The media dubbed him “The Elephant Whisperer and The Indiana Jones of Conservation.”

Lawrence co-authored 3 best-selling books:

The Elephant Whisperer: My Life in the Bush with an African Herd

The Last Rhinos: My Battle to Save One of the World’s Greatest Creatures

Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible War-Time Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo

Lawrence Anthony was a remarkable man dedicated to the lofty goal of bringing about a state of far greater harmony between Mankind and all other species. He was honored posthumously by renaming The Earth Organization to the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization.

The night he passed away in 2012, Lawrence’s beloved herd of wild elephants came to his house, visibly distraught. Ever since, they have returned to his home on the anniversary of his departing.

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