Elephant's Life

By Caitlin O'Connell

The struggles and celebrations of nature’s greatest land creatures—with greater than 250 wonderful full-color pictures through Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwell


An Elephant’s Life presents a special and engaging immersion into the realm of the African elephant, instructed through a number one box biologist who has been gaining knowledge of and photographing those animals of their average habitat for almost twenty years. the following, for the 1st time, readers get a fuller photo of elephant society solid in a broader context, together with the lifetime of the male elephant in all its excessive drama.


Merging the visible traditions of photojournalism and the character documentary with the narrative voice of such classics as Jane Goodall’s Chimpanzees of Gombe, this large-format, full-color quantity of picture essays presents a uniquely wealthy realizing of what it’s prefer to develop up and stay in the complexities of elephant society at each flip of the web page. Readers will adventure the frustrations and soreness of the coming-of-age male suffering to depart his family members, witness the consistent vigilance a matriarch exerts to guard her kin, and believe the drama of a dominant male attempting to carry onto energy in periods of peace and instances of social upheaval. Like Wolf Empire (Lyons Press, 2007), An Elephant’s Life is an intimate portrait of a loved and engaging species. 

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M. , if there are any relatives teams within the region, they begin to reach for a drink. If we're fortunate adequate, they come with sufficient final afternoon mild for a number of workforce contributors to get into the bunker for close-up photograph identifications, whereas the remainder of the workforce records the stopover at with video, scoring dominance interactions inside of and among family members teams. THE examine workforce AT paintings through the years, we now have compiled a close id ebook cataloging each one elephant and its special gains, comparable to ear tears and holes, tail hair development, tusk form, and total measurement. this permits us to spot contributors and continue tune of adjustments of any good points through the years, comparable to a damaged tusk, a brand new tear within the ear, lacking tail hair, or the coming of a brand new child, and even if and for a way lengthy a resident bull or matriarch doesn't appear from season to season. We preserve a database of behaviors and team dynamics utilizing a Noldus Observer info logger and video logs to record all interactions in actual time whereas elephants stopover at the waterhole. Our different paintings at Mushara has us keeping an eye on the female-headed herds. We list new births in addition to the departures of the coming-of-age bulls, and word how dominance inside and among kin teams looks to form yes interactions. As with the bulls, a lot of the drama inside of and among herds facilities on entry to water. while, we gather dung samples from those occasions for you to research degrees of pressure hormones, particularly cortisol, through the box season. Fecal samples from bulls are verified for testosterone degrees in the course of competitive interactions or to verify whilst a bull is within the hormonal kingdom of musth—a interval just like rutting in antelope, whilst a male turns into extra reproductively energetic. because it takes twenty-four hours for suitable hormones to teach up within the dung, the aptitude impression of behaviors witnessed on sooner or later will in basic terms appear in fecal samples gathered at the following day. accumulating elephant dung has additionally allowed us to determine even if (and how) bonded bulls are similar genetically, which we are hoping will lead to a few fascinating findings. We additionally use gear to make acoustic and seismic recordings of elephant vocalizations. learning elephants’ reactions to the recordings (known as a playback examine) has been an ongoing concentration of the study. THE DENİZENS OF MUSHARA apart from elephants, many different animals depend on Mushara waterhole on the northeast nook of the park, because it is likely one of the only a few areas to drink within the dry season. Zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok, eland, and kudu depend upon Mushara, as do their predators—the lions, jackals, and hyenas. it may be a bit aggravating to survive the lion’s dinner plate over the process the sphere season, yet we behavior our study actions with warning and are continually in search of a lion at the prowl. as a rule their antics are rather interesting, whether or not they be the ardent efforts of a lioness to get her suitor to accomplish yet another time (apparently, as many as 1000 copulations are important for ovulation to occur), making for a really noisy evening, or the failed makes an attempt of Bobtail’s subadult sons at looking.

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