Elephant Destiny: Biography Of An Endangered Species In Africa
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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ELEPHANT DESTINY: Biography of an Endangered Species in AfricaUser Review - Kirkus
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dickcraig - LibraryThing
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
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