Elephant Destiny: Biography of an Endangered Species in Africa

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PublicAffairs, Apr 1, 2009 - History - 256 pages
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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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Review: Elephant Destiny: Biography Of An Endangered Species In Africa

User Review  - Tim Martin - Goodreads

_Elephant Destiny_ by Martin Meredith is a well-written and fast-reading account of the human and natural history of the African elephant. Roughly two-thirds of the book is an account of human ... Read full review

Review: Elephant Destiny: Biography Of An Endangered Species In Africa

User Review  - Trevor - Goodreads

This is a slim popular history, but it's a good entry to the subject elephants and the ivory trade. Read full review

Contents

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41
Footholds on the Coast
47
Zanzibars Tune
75
The Khartoum
87
Heart of Darkness
101
Jumbo and Friends
113
Safe Havens
123
Ancestors
131
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167
Rumbles
177
Death
183
The Culling Option
191
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194
Ivory Wars
201
An Image of Liberty
223
Select Bibliography
227

Enter the Scientists
139
Family Life
147
Mating Pandemonium
157
Body and Mind
165

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About the author (2009)

Martin Meredith has spent much of his life writing about Africa: first as a foreign correspondent for the London Observer and Sunday Times, then as a research fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and now as an independent author and commentator.

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