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By Caitlin O'Connell

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

 

An Elephant’s Life presents a special and interesting immersion into the area of the African elephant, advised by means of a number one box biologist who has been learning and photographing those animals of their common habitat for almost twenty years. the following, for the 1st time, readers get a fuller photo of elephant society forged 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 figuring out 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 discomfort of the coming-of-age male suffering to go away his kin, witness the consistent vigilance a matriarch exerts to guard her relatives, and think 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 liked and interesting species. 

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