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Ivory, horn and blood: behind the elephant and rhinoceros poaching crisis.Artist/Author: Orenstein, Ronald.
Rhinoceroses are being slaughtered throughout their ranges. The Vietnamese one-horned rhinoceros is extinct, the western black rhino is now believed to be extinct, and the northern white rhinoceros, the largest of them all, survives – only precariously – in captivity. Since the worldwide ban on ivory trading was passed in 1989, author Ronald Orenstein has been at the heart of the fight. The ban came after a decade that saw half of Africa’s elephants slaughtered by poachers. After the ban, Africa’s elephants started to recover – but in 1997 the ban was partially relaxed, and in 2008 it was agreed that China could legally import ivory from four designated States in southern Africa. Today a new ivory crisis has arisen – this time, fuelled by internal wars in Africa and a growing market in the Far East. The situation, for both elephants and rhinos, is dire. This captivating book sketches out a crime story that, for most, is unseen and takes place thousands of miles away and in countries that few will visit. But like the trade in illegal drugs, the trade in elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns has far-reaching implications not only for two species of endangered animals but also for all of us who are ultimately touched by a world-wide underground economy whose pillars are organized crime, corruption and violence.
Walking thunder: in the footsteps of the African elephant.Artist/Author: Christo, Cyril et al.
One of the most majestic creatures on Earth, The African elephant faces an uncertain future. This book is a superb tribute to the remarkable beauty of these endangered animals. Striking duotone images by award-winning photographers Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson capture not only the formidable strength and size of the African elephant, but also its gentleness and human-like emotions. Accompanying the photographs are quotations, myths and stories from the past 400 years, from folklore and from explorers and tribal members, presenting both Western and indigenous perspectives. At once entrancing and thought-provoking, this is the perfect book for anyone passionate about the conservation of our planet.
An elephant’s life: an intimate portrait from Africa.Artist/Author: O'Connell, Caitlin and Timothy Rodwell.
The struggles and celebrations of nature’s largest land animals, with more than 250 spectacular colour photographs by Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwell, this book provides a unique and fascinating immersion into the world of the African elephant, told by a leading field biologist who has been researching and photographing these animals in their natural habitat for nearly two decades. Here, readers get a fuller picture of elephant society cast in a broader context, including the life of the male elephant in all its high drama. Merging the visual traditions of photojournalism and the nature documentary with the narrative voice of such classics as Jane Goodall’s “Chimpanzees of Gombe,” this large-format, full-color volume of photo essays provides a uniquely rich understanding of what it’s like to grow up and live within the complexities of elephant society at every turn of the page. Readers will experience the frustrations and anguish of the coming-of-age male struggling to leave his family, witness the constant vigilance a matriarch exerts to protect her family, and feel the drama of a dominant male trying to hold onto power during times of peace and times of social upheaval.
Amboseli elephants: a long-term perspective on a long-lived mammal.Artist/Author: Moss, Cynthia et al.
This book is the long-awaited summation of what has been learned from the Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP) – the longest continuously running elephant research project in the world. Cynthia J. Moss and Harvey Croze, the founders of the AERP, and Phyllis C. Lee, who has been closely involved with the project since 1982, compile more than three decades of uninterrupted study of over 2,500 individual elephants, from newborn calves to adult bulls to old matriarchs in their sixties. Chapters explore such topics as elephant ecosystems, genetics, communication, social behaviour, and reproduction, as well as exciting new developments from the study of elephant minds and cognition. The book closes with a view to the future, making important arguments for the ethical treatment of elephants and suggestions to aid in their conservation.
Elephants on the edge: what animals teach us about humanity.Artist/Author: Bradshaw, G. A.
Drawing on accounts from India to Africa and California to Tennessee, and on research in neuroscience, psychology, and animal behaviour, 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 behaviour 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. Also available in paperback [stock id 32091].
Elephant reflections.Artist/Author: Peterson, Dale.
Features photographs by award-winning wildlife photographer Karl Ammann. Introduces the work of field scientists in Africa and explains their astonishing discoveries. This title explores the natural history and conservation status of African elephants and discusses the politics of ivory.
Elephant.Artist/Author: Wylie, Dan.
Reaktion Animal Series. Part of a series on animals which looks at natural and cultural history. In particular this book focuses on elephant conservation.
Vanishing giants: elephants in Asia.Artist/Author: Mohan, Palani.
A photographic book which looks at the Asian elephant, their struggle to find a place in a rapidly urbanizing world, and the lives of the people who exist alongside them. At a time when its close relative, the African elephant, is flourishing, the Asian elephant is imperilled as never before. The demands of industry and agriculture, populations that are growing exponentially, illegal logging and other environmental degradations: all conspire against this magnificent animal. Asia’s wild elephant population now hovers at somewhere below 40,000 in the 13 countries of South and Southeast Asia, which make up their habitat.
The life and lore of the elephant.Artist/Author: Delort, Robert.
As ancient as man, elephants have scattered across the Old World. In Asia they have been domesticated, worshipped, sanctified. In Africa they were respected as the king of beasts, but feared and shunned. In the West they are famed for their legendary strength, wisdom and benevolence. Now we can follow the whole marvellous story of the elephant, from the extinct mammoths of the last Ice Age to the present-day battle for survival as elephants are hunted for their ivory.
Elephant!Artist/Author: Bloom, Steve.
Presents photographs of the elephant, from the wildest outreaches of Botswana to the teeming cities of India. This book features photographs that include aerial shots, the drama of the fight between angry males, tender interaction between mother and calves, the rich decorations of the elephants of India, and extraordinary underwater images. This is the ultimate book on the elephant, as intimate a photographic journey into the animal kingdom as has ever been made.
The astonishing elephant.Artist/Author: Alexander, Shana.
The astonishing Elephant is an unabashed celebration of these mysterious creatures, whose closest living relatives are the dugong and the hyrax. While the author admits elephants can pose particular dangers to unwary humans (she recounts tales of circus trainers of her acquaintance, some of whom fell in action), they are too often the victims in any interaction with people. The elephant’s fortunes have long been declining: where only a few thousand years ago several species roamed the earth, by 1980 the combined wild populations in Africa and Asia numbered fewer than 100,000 individuals.
The Okapi: mysterious animal of Congo-Zaire.Artist/Author: Lindsey, Susan L. et al.
In this popularly written book, three long-time observers of the okapi present a complete, contemporary natural history of this appealing relative of the giraffe. A hardcover is also available.