GIANT STEPS BY RICHARD PEIRCE

A true story from Africa about exploitation and the meaning of freedom. A gripping story, intensely moving, full of drama, danger, sadness and ultimate rescue.

Elephants have long been targeted by humans: not only are they killed for their ivory, but their extraordinary strength, intelligence and charisma have seen some of them captured, chained and effectively jailed for life.

Bully and Induna are two African elephants, both orphaned in organised culling operations, and taken away from their natural wild lives. Growing up far apart and quite differently, Bully (a former animal film star) and the traumatised Induna were both driven to react to their circumstances. When Induna’s friend Gambo killed one of their handlers, Induna got caught up in the ensuing reaction. Their individual situations deteriorated to a point where they were considered to be dangerous and they were sold on.

Richard Peirce presents the elephants’ narratives and the twists and turns of their fortunes. Having had their natural lives taken from them, these majestic, intelligent and sensitive animals experienced the worst and the best of what humans can offer.

At last, having found one another, Bully and Induna were released together onto a game reserve in South Africa’s Western Cape.

Part of the proceeds from the sale of Giant Steps will go to TUSK. More info here: http://www.tusk.org

Richard Peirce is best known as a shark conservationist and was chairman of the Shark Conservation Society and the Shark Trust. He has authored several books, including The Poacher’s Moon – an exposé of rhino-poaching. Richard and his wife Jacqui are confirmed nomads who spend half the year in South Africa; their love of wildlife takes them to the bush at every opportunity.