University of Chicago Press, February 2011. 432 pages, hard cover, dustwrapper, black and white photographs, line drawings.
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.