Elephant Destiny: Biography Of An Endangered Species In Africa

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PublicAffairs, Jun 30, 2004 - History - 244 pages
For thousands of years, the majestic elephant has roamed the African continent, as beloved by man as it has been preyed upon. But centuries of exploitation and ivory hunting have taken their toll: now, as wars and poachers continue to ravage its habitat, as disease and political strife deflect attention from its plight, the African elephant faces imminent extinction.

What will become of these magnificent beasts? As the elephant's future looms ever darker, Martin Meredith's concise and richly illustrated biography traces the elephant's history from the first ivory expeditions of the Egyptian pharaohs 2500 years ago to today, exploring along the way the indelible imprint the African elephant has made in art, literature, culture, and society. He shares recent extraordinary discoveries about the elephant's sophisticated family and community structure and reveals the remarkable ways in which elephants show compassion and loyalty to each other.

Elegant, illuminating, and urgent, Elephant Destiny offers a beautiful and important tribute to one of earth's most magisterial creatures at the very moment it threatens to vanish from being.
 

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A compilation of thoughts, facts, and literature on the African elephant, from a former journalist and scholar who has written extensively about the continent.Elephants once ranged over all of Africa ... Read full review

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I am a real fan of Meredith. I thought his "Fate of Africa" was one of the better books I have read. This book is all about the elephants and how they have been exploited by man. It is sad to think ... Read full review

Contents

Arms and the Elephant
13
ix
139
Family Life
147
Mating Pandemonium
157
Body and Mind
165
1
167
Rumbles
177
Death
183
The Culling Option
191
13
194
Ivory Wars
201
An Image of Liberty
223
Select Bibliography
227
Index
237
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Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer, and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. His previous books include Mandela; Mugabe; Diamonds, Gold, and War; Born in Africa; and The Fate of Africa. He lives near Oxford, England.

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