Dame Daphne Sheldrick, 1934-2018

sheldrickIt’s with great sadness that I pass along news of the death of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, a giant among conservationists, a woman of unbounded energy and limitless devotion. Rest well, dear woman. We will carry on your work.

Sheldrick Announcement


Eradicating EEHV

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Roger and Belle circa 1970. Photo by RoseMerrie Henneous.

There’s been some great news in the fight again EEHV (Elephant endotheliotropic herpesviruses). Please follow this link for the details:  EEHV Fight


Sad News Out of Tacoma

This is the only way I could meet Hanako

Received a bit of sorrowful news from Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, WA. You can see the entire short clip here: Hanako

I’m extremely grateful I had the chance to meet this dear girl in person. Thanks again to John Houck and everyone in the elephant barn at Point Defiance.

Article Published in JEMA

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I’m very pleased to announce that my article “Return of the Elephant Man,” appears in the most recent JEMA,  Journal of the Elephant Managers Association, Volume 29, Number 1. The article is based on a portion of my book The Man Who Loved Elephantswhich tells the story of Roger Henneous and his 30 years working with elephants at Oregon’s Washington Park Zoo (now the Oregon Zoo).


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Roger & Belle

Ah, me. Apologies again (and probably yet again somewhere down the line) for not being more present on this site. Am involved trying to get several other pieces of work to sale/publication and that’s been taking my time.

Update on THE MAN WHO LOVED ELEPHANTS: It is currently under consideration by a small press in Oregon (which I think would be a perfect fit). Am waiting to hear back from someone in their group whether they have space on their schedule to take the manuscript under their wing and nurture it along. If so–which of course is what I hope–I’ll be chaining myself to the computer for a thorough rewrite. (They’re looking for a slightly different tone than what the manuscript already provides, and I’m okay with that.) As soon as I hear something, I’ll keep you posted.