||Welcome to the website of Fernando Celis and his book Land of the Elephants.
Fernando, writing as F. Celis Belina, was inspired to write this wonderful adventure novel after he first visited Africa while working on the movie Lost in Africa, which was being shot on location in Kenya, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.
While driving inside the Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve, he was attracted by a family of twenty-some elephants, who were on their daily walk across the plains. After feeling great sadness to learn about poachers outside the reserves who would massacre whole animal families for their ivory tusks, he began to fantasize about creating a human character, a champion who would stand up for the elephants and do what many of us wish we could do. The result is his epic novel Land of the Elephants.