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    Elephant Reflections

    From Publishers Weekly
    Starred Review. Amman and Peterson (coauthors, Eating Apes) offer a revelatory collection of photos and text on elephants. Ammann's photographs capture an astonishing range of elephant behavior, but Peterson's text—with its scope, synthesis of history and observation, précis of the ivory trade and conservation—is what distinguishes this book. He spins the history of elephant research into mini-mysteries of how scientists struggled to understand elephants' secretive behaviors. Why do male elephants vanish from time to time? Do elephants communicate infrasonically like blue whales? Peterson's awe and affection for the creatures is contagious—readers will be moved by his description of how females form life-long families (males are isolated drifters) and occasionally speak in choruses, in the elephant equivalent of we. The photographs and text complement each other beautifully in their respective odes to the improbable physicality of the elephant's body: the tusks, the trunk—an organ coordinated by 150,000 interlocking muscles used to suck water from parched riverbeds, console babies, communicate, grasp and convey emotion. A stunning testament to the last of the giants standing, bereft, at the door of ancient time. (May)
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    Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family

    This is a wonderful book. Cynthia Moss takes the reader deep into the intricate social lives of Africa elephans in Amboseli National Park (Kenya), and leaves a profound impression. How very sensitive these animals are, and how endearing. It is entirely clear how these creatures have suffered at the hands of humans, but also nobody can read this book and not feel the urge to conserve this fantastic species. Also it may inspire some to travel to Amboseli to see the elephants 'in person' - an experience that you will never forget! More info and purchase at Amazon.co - please click HERE

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    The Elephant's Secret Sense: The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa

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    Naturalist O'Connell's memoir of her 14 years researching the complexities of elephant behavior is a successful combination of science and soulfulness, explaining her groundbreaking theory of how elephants use seismic communication; she also sympathetically illuminates current social and ecological conditions in Africa. O'Connell's original goal in 1992 was to spend a year driving from South Africa to Kenya, but then she was hired for a three-year study of elephants in an area of northeastern Namibia, "where violent death is as much a part of the landscape as the capricious nature of rain." Fascinated by the "particular way that elephants seemed to be listening with their feet," she soon realized that the elephants were communicating with sound waves "that travel within the surface of the ground as opposed to the air." Her efforts over the next decade to prove this "unexpected and controversial" hypothesis took her "to the bayous of Texas, the Nevada desert, southern India, northern Zimbabwe, the Oakland Zoo, and then back to the scrub desert" of Namibia. Her account is studded with sympathetic insights and well-turned phrases, such as her delight when "100 tons of pachyderm pass by, almost tiptoeing, heads bobbing in their Groucho Marx gait." (Mar.)
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    Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity

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    Drawing on accounts from India to Africa and California to Tennessee, and on research in neuroscience, psychology, and animal behavior, G. A. Bradshaw explores the minds, emotions, and lives of elephants. Wars, starvation, mass culls, poaching, and habitat loss have reduced elephant numbers from more than ten million to a few hundred thousand, leaving orphans bereft of the elders who would normally mentor them. As a consequence, traumatized elephants have become aggressive against people, other animals, and even one another; their behavior is comparable to that of humans who have experienced genocide, other types of violence, and social collapse. By exploring the elephant mind and experience in the wild and in captivity, Bradshaw bears witness to the breakdown of ancient elephant cultures.

    All is not lost. People are working to save elephants by rescuing orphaned infants and rehabilitating adult zoo and circus elephants, using the same principles psychologists apply in treating humans who have survived trauma. Bradshaw urges us to support these and other models of elephant recovery and to solve pressing social and environmental crises affecting all animals, human or not.

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Elephants (World Life Library)

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For hundreds of thousands of years, people have been awed by elephants. Unfortunately, these giant beasts are rapidly disappearing as a result of our insatiable need for more land and the desire of some people for ivory. Biologist and conservationist Joyce Poole offers a deep and personal look at these remarkable animals. She has spent over half her life studying and protecting elephants, and draws on her own groundbreaking studies of African elephant behavior in Kenya as well as the work of other renowned biologists. Poole paints a detailed picture of the earth's largest land mammal, teaching readers about the elephant's intricate society and strong sense of family, their complex infrasonic communication, their feeding and mating habits, and their chances for survival in a rapidly changing world.

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