Elephant's Life

Elephant's Life

Caitlin O'Connell

Language: English

Pages: 45

ISBN: 2:00325961

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The struggles and celebrations of nature’s largest land creatures—with more than 250 spectacular full-color photos by Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwell


An Elephant’s Life provides a unique and fascinating immersion into the world of the African elephant, told by a leading field biologist who has been researching and photographing these animals in their natural habitat for nearly two decades. Here, for the first time, readers get a fuller picture of elephant society cast in a broader context, including the life of the male elephant in all its high drama.


Merging the visual traditions of photojournalism and the nature documentary with the narrative voice of such classics as Jane Goodall’s Chimpanzees of Gombe, this large-format, full-color volume of photo essays provides a uniquely rich understanding of what it’s like to grow up and live within the complexities of elephant society at every turn of the page. Readers will experience 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 onto power during times of peace and times of social upheaval. Like Wolf Empire (Lyons Press, 2007), An Elephant’s Life is an intimate portrait of a beloved and fascinating species. 

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Exhibited by a bull in musth alerts other bulls of his hormonal status. The behavior also has the practical purpose of spreading the sticky musth secretion from the temporal gland in the cheek area from one side of the face to the other. The musth bull engages in this activity while waving each ear individually. The waving of the ears serves to waft the heavy scent, which is thought to deter males and attract females (like a pheromone). In this photo sequence, Smokey performs the ritual while.

Elephant-human conflict. Around this time, my mentor, Lynette Hart; a geophysicist colleague, Byron Arnason; and I were able to demonstrate that elephant vocalizations indeed propagate in the ground with distinct properties from airborne waves. After receiving a grant from the National Geographic Society and the U.S. Fish and Wild-life Service as well as a Bio-X Interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, I was able to return to my field site at Mushara waterhole in the.

Tim tests the electric fence to make sure that it is working properly with enough of a deterring shock to keep curious critters at bay. CHAPTER 8 Camp Life Camp life at Mushara has its many perks as well as some challenges. Our five-star “Mushara cafe” (rating given by team members over the years) offers butternut squash cooked more ways than you probably thought possible, all of these recipes being camp favorites. Why butternut squash? Because it lasts. The camp has two solar refrigerators the.

Record disconnected moments in time, with no real sense of an elephant’s life as it progresses from beginning to end. It struck me that a photo book could be an opportunity to do just that—illustrate an elephant’s life, moment by moment. In this book, I demonstrate typical, and sometimes not-so-typical elephant behavior by capturing an event in the moment, through illustrative sequences of dynamic photographs that allow the event to be experienced visually rather than just through words or.

To the coming-of-age bull to the wounding of the dominant bull (in this case, a bull named Greg) at the height of his reign. I have tried to present the science—what we know, suspect, or still wonder about—in a way that enriches but doesn’t overwhelm the experience of the images. Although this volume is not meant to be a comprehensive treatment, I have picked out some defining moments in an elephant’s life to share with you, up close and personal, with the hope that you enjoy the experience and.

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