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"Elephants have long been regarded with affection for their intelligence and praised for their loyal family bonds. Ecologist and naturalist Caitlin O’Connell has put together a fascinating photo journal of elephants as individuals and as members of family groups, along with pictures of associated denizens of the veldt in and around Etosha National Park in Namibia. This is a grand photo revue of these mammoth animals outlined within awesome vistas while displaying their identifying features, family members, social rules, and interactions. Meet the matriarchal family of Big Momma, or other recognized females called Sheba and Nandi, or of the bull elephant named Greg. Follow these families through the recorded photos and listen to their plans through the interpretive and concise explanatory text. The impressive array of colored prints conveys the flavor of Africa, and the reader continues along the safari examining the animals as they follow their normal routines. Each photo is accompanied by a short text clearly explaining some detail of the animal’s behavior or situation. This charming album recording elephant life will interest all age groups, especially those who love elephants. Youngsters will be especially enthralled to learn that much in elephant behavior parallels that of humans." --San Francisco Book Review
Praise for Caitlin O’Connell’s previous book, The Elephant’s Secret Sense
“A successful combination of science and soulfulness.” —Publishers Weekly
“A riveting account of scientific discovery. . . . An addictive narrative.” —Booklist
An Elephant’s Life is a unique and intimate
immersion into the life of the African elephant that blends the immediacy of photography with a deep and passionate understanding of the subject. Here, for the first time, is an up-close and personal look at elephant society, narrated by a leading field biologist who has been researching and photographing these animals in their natural habitat
for nearly two decades.
Merging the visual traditions of photojournalism and the nature documentary with the narrative voice of such classics as Jane Goodall’s Chimpanzees of Gombe, at every turn of the page this remarkable book provides a singularly rich understanding of what life in all of its stages is like for the world’s largest land mammal.
Experience the amazing first steps of a baby elephant, encounter 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 on to power during times of peace and times of social upheaval.
A one-of-a-kind portrait of a beloved species,
An Elephant’s Life will forever change the way
we see elephants.
This was a very interesting book but I really was looking for something that explained more about the elephants habits and their lives in general. Not enough info for mePublished 2 months ago by Peggy Guarino
The photos were well done. I would have liked to be there when this was being filmed for the book.Published 7 months ago by Carolyn Wheeler
Got this as a gift and then bought one as a gift. Made my Aunt cry. We absolutely love elephants and this book is beautiful.Published 9 months ago by Keri Natoli
This really is a terrific book on elephants, well designed with excellent text, and moderately priced.Published 9 months ago by James S. Doyle
Great coffee table book for anyone, but especially for animal lovers. Great photos! Never get tired of looking at it!Published 18 months ago by bev
This books photography just draws one to pick it up and glance through. If you have more time, you can just get lost imagining.Published 20 months ago by Gma 5
We have a daughter who is developmentally disabled and cannot read, but loves looking at pictures of elephants. We read the elephant stories to her. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Marge