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To Save an Elephant Paperback – March 19, 1992


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group) (March 19, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553402609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553402605
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,239,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Currey was born in 1953 in the UK. He was one of the first to graduate in Europe with a degree in Photography and was described by a photography magazine in 1982 as "one of the new breed of naturalist photographers, with a commitment to conservation and the style of a photojournalist." Since then he has not only used his photography for environmental change, but also his writing, film-making and leadership.

As co-founder of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) in 1984, its executive director for ten years, senior campaigner and board member for twenty five, Dave has developed, led and won campaigns with his focused strategies, persuasive documentation, team work and sheer hard work. His undercover exploits, illustrated with strong photographic images, have closely allied him with the media, his photo-spreads appearing in magazines such as LIFE, The Sunday Times, BBC Wildlife and The Telegraph Magazine.

Dave's name is associated with many conservation successes. His published photo-spread on the plight of Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India acted as a catalyst to raising over £80,000 for the park, its forest guards and communities, further protecting the rhinos, tigers and river dolphins. His pioneering international undercover work has gained protection for a diverse range of wildlife and habitats.

His writing has appeared all over the world and he co-authored "To Save An Elephant" with colleague Allan Thornton, describing their work to secure the ivory ban in 1989. He has worked on documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic and appeared in and co-produced a multi-award winning seven part series for Independent Television (ITV) "Animal Detectives".

Dave was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Medal in 1990 for his "work in protecting elephants and dolphins" and EIA was awarded the Global 500 Roll of Honor by UNEP for "outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment" in 2001.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By seamus enright on April 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
There's a really revealing passage around half way through this book when one of the authors is confronted by some live elephants in the wild and is reminded of "the real reason" for the massive effort of lobbying, espionage and endless dealings with beurocrats from various organisations that form the bulk of this book.
There's definately a love of wildlife and a genuine concern for biodiversity that motivates their actions, but the book turns into a sort of michael crichton novel, except that it's obviously much better written and more exciting.
It's hard to know whether to be inspired by the efforts the authors made to end the pernicious ivory trade or despair at the fact that all this effort was necessary in the first place. It's a depressing thought that "saving" this noble creature has become "our" responsibility and that many other species survival have become dependent on the whims of western consumers.
This is an exciting, well told account filled with evil, corupt businessmen confronted by two real-life heroes.
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