Elephant's Life

By Caitlin O'Connell

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


An Elephant’s Life presents a distinct and engaging immersion into the area of the African elephant, instructed through a number one box biologist who has been gaining knowledge of and photographing those animals of their common habitat for almost twenty years. the following, for the 1st time, readers get a fuller photograph 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 offers a uniquely wealthy realizing of what it’s prefer to develop up and dwell in the complexities of elephant society at each flip of the web page. Readers will adventure the frustrations and suffering of the coming-of-age male suffering to depart 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 during periods of peace and occasions of social upheaval. Like Wolf Empire (Lyons Press, 2007), An Elephant’s Life is an intimate portrait of a liked and engaging species. 

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At sundown, men can also be on the waterhole, because of this the more youthful bulls nonetheless inside their households get an opportunity to have interaction with men in a pleasant environment. a few older bulls solicit such interplay, while others don’t express a lot curiosity and go away the realm simply because the households arrive, until there's a girl in estrus. Then the grownup bulls will take an curiosity and remain longer to examine the women and socialize. there's a strict hierarchy among matriarchs and their kinfolk teams, with stiff festival for entry to the simplest water at Mushara. reckoning on their rating, it may well take as low as a trunk throw to ship a thirsty relations on its approach. substantial Momma and her relatives are looking to shield their correct to entry their waterhole, however the newcomer (near left) is having none of it and marches towards her challengers with ears held out. As we watch, the 4 elephants, led by way of colossal Momma, stand shoulder to shoulder in a line, with their ears outstretched to intimidate the newcomer. The younger newcomer matriarch (near left) breaks large Momma’s lineup (on correct) with no a lot attempt. regardless of tremendous Momma’s unbelievable convey of aggression and the intimidating phalanx of women, the hot woman holds her flooring. provided that she is maybe more youthful than sizeable Momma (judging from her peak and again size) and a few of massive Momma’s ambitious cohorts, her resistance is especially fabulous. gigantic Momma’s coalition contributors experience defeat and switch tail. In a moment try out, substantial Momma’s relatives kinds a extra competitive line (bottom) and large Momma fees the intruder along with her trunk in a decent fist, dragging it at the flooring after which throwing it on the water-hogging tyrant. i have not noticeable one lady problem one other so aggressively and used to be yes sizeable Momma may ship the newcomer off with out a contest. After a number of stressful moments, the newcomer fees the already backing out lineup, thereby scattering significant Momma’s coalition. to teach the seriousness of her motive, the newcomer tusks a coalition member within the bottom as she flees to protection. After being displaced, enormous Momma’s kin cling their heads in defeat and stroll off to a secure distance, ready within the wings till the hot queen and her relations have had their fill and depart. loads for the coalition’s efforts to protect its turf. regardless of their loss, the tactic they used is understood to be powerful for lots of species, fairly primates and feminine elephants somewhere else in Africa, and perhaps for large Momma, too—on one other day with one other challenger. once colossal Momma ways her relations to reunite after her defeat via the newcomer, a so much compelling ritual ensues. The relations begins roaring and rumbling and flapping their ears, urinating and defecating in greeting as they encircle their matriarch, who methods together with her trunk outstretched to greet her relatives after simply mins of separation. truly such events of defeat and separation are hugely anxious for women. And but the depth of this reunion is especially just like greetings i've got witnessed after a quick foraging separation.

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