Sharon Pincott: The Aussie Protecting African Elephants

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    Sharon Pincott
    is an Australian with a passion for Africa's wildlife. A gifted writer, photographer and dedicated wildlife conservationist, she abandoned her high-flying life in March 2001 and moved to Zimbabwe, to live and work among the wild clan of elephants known as The Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe, on land bordering the Main Camp section of Hwange National Park. Sharon finally left Zimbabwe and her work with these elephants, after endless battles over 13 years, in October 2014.

    Be inspired by Sharon's stories in The Elephants and I and Battle for the President's Elephants.

    • Sharon's Books
      • Battle for the President's Elephants - April 2012
      • The Elephants and I - March 2009
      • A Year Less Ordinary* - 2006
      • In An Elephants Rumble* - 2004

        * Out of print

    Select the Books by Sharon tab at the top of this page to read more, and find out how to purchase a copy of her books.
    (Sharon's royalties from the sale of these books help to fund her ongoing voluntary work with elephants in Africa)

    p7 ... My friends thought I had it all. Yet a fire burned in my belly for Africa, and no matter how often I visited, I lived with a fierce longing to return. I was always planning my next trip, and living on memories of my last – elephant giants, majestic and free, wandering with great dignity across the open plains, rumbling their contact calls; the exquisite reflections of elegant giraffes enjoying their evening drink; the deep throaty call of a black-maned lion, part of the splendid dusk symphony.

    The African bush was where I felt whole.

    As Africa beckoned – my enthusiasm for my career already gone – my liking for the lifestyle I still led quickly began to fade too. Frequent shopping sprees provided only fleeting pleasure, temporarily masking the unsettled feeling I had. Too much that cannot be bought was still missing from my life. I began to feel like a stranger in my own home. I heard the call of Africa ....

    Released March 2009
    Reprinted 2009, 2011

    (Part 1: ‘Before the Elephants’)
    p2 … Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe have all, at different times in my life, been ‘home’ to me. They are so diverse, but all are loved, filled with memories of great joy, sadness, and inspiration too. Australia is where I was born, and where I spent the first 30 years of my life.

    I come originally from Grantham, a tiny country town in the Lockyer Valley in sunny south-east Queensland – the largest of Australia’s eastern states. I lived there as a child on my parents’ vegetable farm in a wooden house perched on wooden stilts, prudently designed to catch the breeze. The sprawling fields outside sometimes lay freshly ploughed, although they more frequently boasted a cover of bright green leaves as far as my young eyes could see.

    I grew up with three sisters. First-born was Genevieve. Just one year later came Deborah, followed by me and then Catherine. When we were old enough, we woke at dawn and crawled out of bed to earn pocket money washing cucumbers, or rubbing the husks off dried pumpkin seeds. More often though, we crawled out of bed to catch cabbages, which were cut and then thrown to us by our father. These were packed into big square wooden crates and transported to markets in Brisbane, the thriving capital of Queensland.

    Released April 2012
    Reprinted February 2013

    Page 31 – Lady and family
    … ‘Lady!’ I squeal. ‘You crazy monster! Do you actually want to drive my vehicle today?’ Her dexterous trunk slithers inside the window of my 4x4 and grabs a hold of the steering wheel. The gaping tip of her trunk worms towards my mouth, exposing two enormous moist nostrils. I’m reminded of a big spongy sea urchin as she exhales a stream of warm air, usually flecked with mud particles, onto my face. She takes my own fingers in the fingers of her trunk and gives me an elephant handshake. Her pull is powerful and I struggle for a moment to release her grip. She concertinas her trunk, like an accordion being played vertically, so that when I rub it, it feels rough and deeply grooved. The flapping of her huge ears is so near that I’m fanned by a cool breeze.

    It’s mind-boggling that this is a wild, free-roaming elephant. When I arrived on the Hwange Estate in 2001 she was just another elephant. Once she’d revealed her true self to me, she deserved to be more than this. She deserved to be known…


    Sharon's new book, covering all of her 13 years with the Presidential Elephants in Hwange, will be released in Australia and New Zealand on 1 June 2016. For those in other countries, you can order from with free world-wide delivery. Kindle version available from Facebook users can also go to


    For new updates go to Sharon's personal Facebook page

    From a tender age I was at ease with the outdoors and with animals, finding even the most peculiar creatures endearing ...


    Sharon Pincott's new book - covering all of her 13 years with the elephants in Hwange, titled ELEPHANT DAWN - will be released on 1 June 2016. Stay tuned for more details.

    Extracts from the Highly Acclaimed
    Battle for the President's Elephants

    The one-hour television documentary featuring Sharon's life, work and incredible relationship with The Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe – titled ALL THE PRESIDENT’S ELEPHANTS – is enjoying high praise.

    In February 2016 it became a finalist in the International Elephant Film Festival – ‘the best of the best’ elephant films in the world from the past nine years; an event that involved both the United Nations and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. As a finalist, it will now be showcased extensively throughout the world, with specifically targeted areas to include those where ivory trade is high. It’s also hoped that screenings to school children in African nations where poaching is high, will help them to fall in love with elephants.

    Sharon's relationship with these elephants is said to be one of the most remarkable relationships between humans and wild elephants ever documented anywhere in the world. Screen Africa describes the documentary as "unforgettable" and "touching and profound". Intrepid Explorer magazine calls it 'riveting' and 'graphic and powerful'. When it screened on French television its title was change to 'The Elephant Guardian' (La Gardienne Des Elephants). Television rights are being sold by its owner, Natural History Unit Africa (based in Cape Town), and their world-wide distributor, Powercorp International Ltd (based in the UK).

    Sharon’s latest book titled BATTLE FOR THE PRESIDENT’S ELEPHANTS – a captivating collection of short stories about her life and ongoing battles in the Hwange bush - was released in April 2012 and reprinted in February 2013. See the extracts further below, and select the ‘Books by Sharon’ tab at the top of this page to read more, including some excellent newspaper and magazine reviews.

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