Giant Steps

A true story from Africa, of survival and triumph in the face of cruelty

Richard Peirce

A true account of two abused elephants which, considered dangerous, were both under threat of being put down. A gripping account, full of drama, suspense, sadness - and ultimate rescue.
Date Published :
May 2016
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Illustration :
Color photographs
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781775843306
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 8.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


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 organized culling operations and destined for lives in captivity. Growing up far apart and quite differently, Bully (a former animal film star) and the less fortunate Induna were both driven to react to their circumstances – Induna even killed one of his carers. Their individual situations reached a point where both were considered to be dangerous animals and were under threat of being put down.

This is the true story of their lives. Conservationist Richard Peirce presents their individual narratives and the twists and turns of their fortunes: the exploitation of these majestic but sensitive animals, how they each came to be trapped in unsuitable ‘employment’ and shunted about from one venue to the next, before finding one another – free at last – on a farm in southern Africa.

About The Author

Richard Peirce is best known as a shark conservationist – his main focus for over 20 years. Chairman of the Shark Conservation Society and the Shark Trust, he has authored several books on the topic. Richard and his wife Jacqui are confirmed nomads who spend half the year inSouth Africa; their love of wildlife takes them to the bush at every opportunity.

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