"You know you are truly alive when you are living among lions"
Karen Blixen, "Out of Africa"
Her next book "PLANET ELEPHANT" is on shelves now in bookstores in Australia & available online at Booktopia and Amazon. You can buy signed copies right here on her website, along with her previous books at great discounts too! Subscribe to Tammie's blog or follow her on facebook or twitter for updates. Here's a sneak peak at the new book...
From the jungles of Borneo, to the civil strife of Assam, to the black markets of Vietnam, Dr Tammie Matson continues her quest to help solve the human–elephant conflict around the world. In this follow-up to her bestselling memoir Elephant Dance, Tammie takes on the black markets of Asia determined to make a difference and break the chains of rhino-horn poaching and the ivory trade. Travelling from her new home in Singapore throughout South-East Asia, she meets presidents and poachers in palaces and back allies journeying to the dark heart of a dark industry. Returning to her beloved Africa, she finds old friends facing rough times. And torn between her passionate commitment to conservation and her precious growing son, Tammie faces her biggest challenge yet, balancing work and family. Thought-provoking, funny and moving, Planet Elephant is the continued story of one woman’s courage and conviction.
Tammie is currently working with Asian TV star and host of Asia's Next Top Model, Nadya Hutagalung on a project aimed at reducing the illegal ivory trade in SE Asia. Following a behind-the-scenes visit to Kenya to see the elephant poaching in April 2013 and a trip to see Bangkok's flourishing ivory markets soon after, Tammie co-produced this striking film, which screened across Asia on National Geographic channel in May 2014 and was nominated for the Asian TV Awards Best Documentary. The Let Elephants Be Elephants campaign aims to reduce demand for ivory in South East Asia by educating people about the link between ivory for sale in Asia and the poaching of elephants in Africa. Take the pledge to say no to ivory and spread the message at Let Elephants Be Elephants .