The Man Who Lives with Wolvesby Shaun Ellis, Penny Junor
What would compel a man to place himself in constant danger in order to become a member of a wolf pack? To eat with them, putting his head into a carcass alongside the wolves' gnashing teeth? To play, hunt, and spar with them, suffering bruises and bites? To learn their language so his howl is indistinguishable from theirs? To give up a normal life of relationships and family so that he can devote himself completely to the protection of these wild animals?
In The Man Who Lives with Wolves, Shaun Ellis reveals how his life irrevocably changed the first time he set eyes on a wolf. In exhilarating prose, he takes us from his upbringing in the wilds of Norfolk, England, to his survival training with British Army Special Forces to the Nez Percé Indian lands in Idaho, where he first ran with a wolf pack for nearly two years.
Offering an extraordinary look into the lives of these threatened, misunderstood creatures, Ellis shares how he ate raw kill–and little else; washed rarely, and only in plain water; learned to bury his face into the carcasses of prey–and, when necessary, to defend his share of the kill; communicated with the pack by his howls and body language, which over time became seemingly identical to theirs; and observed from this unique vantage point how wolves give birth to and raise their young, and enforce order among the pack.
After years of living in the wild, Shaun Ellis was barely able to recognize the feral face that stared back at him from the mirror. And in The Man Who Lives with Wolves, we discover the life of a rare and fascinating man who abandoned civilization but never lost touch with his humanity.
From the Hardcover edition.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
- Publication date:
- Sold by:
- Random House
- NOOK Book
- Sales rank:
- File size:
- 4 MB
Meet the Author
SHAUN ELLIS is the founder of the Shaun Ellis Wolf Pack Foundation, a nonprofit organization based at Combe Martin Wildlife Park in North Devon, England, dedicated to helping wolves worldwide. He works with three captive packs at the park, where he gives regular talks and demonstrations to the public. He is the star of the Animal Planet show Living with the Wolfman and the National Geographic documentary A Man Among Wolves.
From the Hardcover edition.
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >
The story of a man who came to the wolves basically puting his life on the line to be with them. The story of the pack is very touching and can very inspiring. He puts his problems in real life behind him and decides to visit a wolf pack for research and to go get away from it all. The story can relate to some of the things that happens with humans and the perspective of wolves. It shows how the wolf is not an evil creature and how people don't understand animals. His life is reflected and how he was raised is how he acts around the wolfs. He goes against all odds to be with these wolves. Very good book strongly recomened
I only bought this because Jodi Piccoult recommended after her Lone Wolf book came out. It was a great book that offered more info about wolves and their nature versus the presumed assumption that wolves are bad! The hierarchy of wolf packs was interesting also! Could u imagine living in the wild of Idaho for years with a wolf pack?!
A fascinating true-life account of one man's adventures living with captive and non-captive wolves. The author's interactions with the wolves was so touching and intriguing; I couldn't put this book down! I do wish he had spent a little less time discussing his personal life issues but I can see how it relates somewhat to his story. I loved learning about each indivual wolf and their place within the pack. The fact that a group of wild animals could befriend and take in a being from a separate species just illistrates how amazing these creatures really are! The photographs within are also absolutely wonderful.
Amazing story. Keeps you wanting to read more and more. Highly encourage anyone with a passion for wolves this is a must read!