Elephant Dance

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Macmillan, Oct 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 321 pages

It's the middle of the night in the Namibian desert when zoologist Tammie Matson wakes with a start to find two elephants standing beside her tiny tent. She makes a promise: "If you just let me survive tonight I will give up Africa. I'll give it all up. Just don't let them stand on me."

It's not a promise she will easily keep. At 29, Tammie has spent nearly half her life in Africa, her first love, working as a conservationist. But as her 30s approach, Tammie is conscious of not having ticked those boxes: no house, no kids and no husband. Broke and with her visa running out, it seems like Africa may just force her to give it up after all. On returning to Australia, Tammie lands a job at the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Sydney. There she meets Andy, a charismatic Brit, and Africa suddenly has a rival. But she's not ready to give up on the elephants yet...

From the magic of Bushmanland, to the banks of Chobe River in Botswana, to the civil strife of Assam, India, Elephant Dance takes us to the heart of a conservationist's fight to find a way for elephants to live peacefully in a world with too many people, too few resources and the increasing threat of climate change.

Passionate, funny, and moving, Elephant Dance is also a classic story of self-discovery, love, and the courage it takes to follow your calling, especially when it takes you places you least expected.



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Tammie Matson's Elephant Dance is a personal memoir of an Australian conservationist in Africa, and her professional and personal journeys both there and in Australia. What some will enjoy about this ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Dr Tammie Matson is an Australian zoologist and author based in Sydney who specialises in human-wildlife conflict.  Tammie has worked for over a decade to conserve African wildlife, including wild dogs, black rhinos and hippos, with a special focus on Namibia's threatened black-faced impala, the subject of her PhD and first non-fiction book, 'Dry Water - Diving headfirst into Africa'.  Since 2005 she has worked with local people to reduce human-elephant conflict in southern Africa and north-east India.  Tammie is the scientific advisor and talent in a documentary on human-elephant conflict by Animal Media Australia.  She is also an environmental consultant and spokesperson for WWF on threatened species conservation worldwide.

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