March 6th, 2012
Conservationist, author and game lodge owner, Lawrence Anthony, died of a heart attack in his sleep at his hotel room on March 2, Tourism Update reports.
Anthony was widely known as The Elephant Whisperer as a result of one of his bestselling books in which he relates the amazing story of a rogue herd of elephant who finally found a home at his Thula Thula Game Reserve in KZN.
He was world-renowned for his intervention at Baghdad Zoo during the coalition's invasion of Iraq in 2003, which was also the subject of his book, Babylon's Ark.
He had just completed his latest book, The Last Rhino, which will be released in April. He was also the founder of The Earth Organisation
Anthony was born in Johannesburg in 1950 and was 61 years old at the time of his death.
IOL reports that the herd of 20 elephants at Thula Thula gathered close around his house over the weekend. "The elephants haven't come this close to the house in over a year, so I think they know," said Anthony's friend and colleague, Yvette Taylor.
He leaves his wife, Francoise, two sons, Dylan and Jason, and two grandsons.
Lawrence Anthony had a special relationship with his elephants, take a look at this gallery depicting one of the Thula Thula elephants trying to escape and being rescued.