Elephants : up close and personal

by Stewart, Ellen Greene,

Format: Print Book 2022
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction QL737.P98 S743 2022
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  QL737.P98 S743 2022
CLP - Woods Run Non-Fiction Collection QL737.P98 S743 2022
Location  CLP - Woods Run
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  QL737.P98 S743 2022
Elephants are a keystone species and have been a part of the magic of the thickly forested land of South Africa for millennia. This book focuses on the history and work of Knysna Elephant Park, a leading South African elephant research facility that has been home to more than 40 elephants in 25 years. Unfortunately, all the mystique of the Knysna elephant has been reduced to a single elephant left alive. Exploring a wide range of topics, this book covers the impact of elephants' interactions with tourists, how they recover from trauma and even their relevance in human healthcare. Renowned elephant researchers explain the majesty of the elephant brain, which has the largest temporal lobe devoted to communication, language, spatial memory and cognition. To this effect, the book emphasizes the threat of poaching to these gentle giants, which has almost forced them to extinction. Perhaps if humans pay attention to how elephants symbolize our relationship with nature, we can learn important lessons about humanity itself.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Founded in 1994, South Africa's Knynsa Elephant Park is situated deep into the Knysna Forest. With its dense old-growth reserve of yellowwood trees along the southern coast, it became home to translocated elephants from other parts of the continent. While truly wild elephants are virtually extinct in the forest, the elephant park's "controlled, free-range environment" allows the elephants as much freedom as possible within the park confines while also providing interactions with visitors. Stewart, an arts therapist, spent three weeks living and working with the elephant herd. His mix of memoir, travel journal, and elephant behavioral overview offers a unique perspective on how wildlife tourism can mesh with the conservation of an endangered species. Drawing on extensive elephant research and discussions with park staff, Stewart illuminates elephant biology and captive management, then presents photographs and commentary on individual elephants (and people). The up-close and personal profiles of each elephant, combined with the author's reminiscences about her experiences with them, make for an unusual look at forest pachyderms and at a place successfully committed to their protection."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects African elephant -- South Africa -- Knysna.
African elephant -- South Africa -- Knysna -- Anecdotes.
African elephant -- Conservation -- South Africa -- Knysna.
Publisher Jefferson, North Carolina :Toplight,2022
Language English
Description viii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-215) and index.
ISBN 9781476687797
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