Elephants on the Edge

What Animals Teach Us about Humanity


Author: G. A. Bradshaw

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300154917

Category: Nature

Page: 353

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“At times sad and at times heartwarming . . . Helps us to understand not only elephants, but all animals, including ourselves” (Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation). Drawing on accounts from India to Africa and California to Tennessee, and on research in neuroscience, psychology, and animal behavior, G. A. Bradshaw explores the minds, emotions, and lives of elephants. Wars, starvation, mass culls, poaching, and habitat loss have reduced elephant numbers from more than ten million to a few hundred thousand, leaving orphans bereft of the elders who would normally mentor them. As a consequence, traumatized elephants have become aggressive against people, other animals, and even one another; their behavior is comparable to that of humans who have experienced genocide, other types of violence, and social collapse. By exploring the elephant mind and experience in the wild and in captivity, Bradshaw bears witness to the breakdown of ancient elephant cultures. But, she reminds us, all is not lost. People are working to save elephants by rescuing orphaned infants and rehabilitating adult zoo and circus elephants, using the same principles psychologists apply in treating humans who have survived trauma. Bradshaw urges us to support these and other models of elephant recovery and to solve pressing social and environmental crises affecting all animals—humans included. “This book opens the door into the soul of the elephant. It will really make you think about our relationship with other animals.” —Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

Elephants on the Edge


Author: Charles Hope

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781742034652

Category: Elephants

Page: 24

View: 329

Amazing photographs accompanied by bite-sized chunks of information! Learn all about the amazing world of elephants, how they are under threat and what is being done to protect them.

Living on the Edge

Amazing Relationships in the Natural World


Author: N.A

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9781594860553

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 9092

Celebrates the natural world in a study of the complex interrelationships that exist among wildlife in four ecosystems--the Brazilian Pantanal, Arizona's Sonoran Desert, the Costa Rican rainforest, and the East African savannah.

The Elephant Letters

The Story of Billy and Kani


Author: G. Bradshaw

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692209967


Page: 108

View: 4439

The Elephant Letters tells the moving story of Billy and Kani, two African Elephants. While they were born on the same day, the two young cousins live very different lives. Kani roams the Kenyan savanna with wild Elephant herds, struggling to survive the onslaught of poachers and other humans. His cousin Billy lives in a zoo facing loneliness and hardship after being orphaned and taken from Africa. The cousins' letters to each other over the years provide a unique, inside view of Elephant lives that invites children and adults around the world to learn about Elephants and how they can help save this magnificent species.

Elephants Under Pressure

A Cause and Effect Investigation


Author: Kathy Allen

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1429645342

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 9652

"Describes the cause and effect of elephant and human encounters"--Provided by publisher.


Animals and the Making of Poetry


Author: Aaron M. Moe

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739186639

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 172

View: 3370

Zoopoetics assumes Aristotle was right. The general origin of poetry resides, in part, in the instinct to imitate. But it is an innovative imitation. An exploration of the oeuvres of Walt Whitman, E. E. Cummings, W. S. Merwin, and Brenda Hillman reveals the many places where an imitation of another species’ poiesis (Greek, makings) contributes to breakthroughs in poetic form. However, humans are not the only imitators in the animal kingdom. Other species, too, achieve breakthroughs in their makings through an attentiveness to the ways-of-being of other animals. For this reason, mimic octopi, elephants, beluga whales, and many other species join the exploration of what zoopoetics encompasses. Zoopoetics provides further traction for people interested in the possibilities when and where species meet. Gestures are paramount to zoopoetics. Through the interplay of gestures, the human/animal/textual spheres merge making it possible to recognize how actual, biological animals impact the material makings of poetry. Moreover, as many species are makers, zoopoetics expands the poetic tradition to include nonhuman poiesis.

Elephant Sense and Sensibility


Author: Michael Garstang

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0128024879

Category: Nature

Page: 152

View: 8009

Elephant Sense and Sensibility is a comprehensive treatment of the full range of elephant behavior. Beginning with chapters on evolution and the elephant’s brain, this book is an integrated presentation of the elephant’s capacity for memory, morality, emotion, empathy, altruism, language, intelligence, learning and teaching. Grounded primarily in scientific research, the book also draws upon anecdotal and visual evidence showing elephants thinking, acting, feeling and behaving in ways that we, as humans, recognize. This complete treatment of elephant behavior supported by the extensive literature, along with anecdotal and photographic material, provides an overview not available in any other text. Covers a variety of aspects that relate to behavior, ranging from brain function and sensory input to communication, learning, and intelligence Features a comprehensive treatment of elephant behavior supported by the extensive literature, anecdotal information, and striking photographic material, providing an overview not available in any other text Features an interdisciplinary approach to behavior, with vital information included and integrated from several key disciplines

Elephants on Roller Skates


Author: Peter Sheldrake

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0989346609


Page: 230

View: 2411

We have all learned to acknowledge the "elephant in the room", the unspoken issue that is affecting our ability to move forward. However, after getting the issue into the open, time passes and we begin to stop paying close attention to the issue. It begins to slip away from us, while still affecting our views and our behaviour. The elephant in the room has become an elephant on roller skates. This book looks at some familiar issues that we seem to notice for a while, and then stop subjecting to careful consideration: they range from the free market, telling the truth, and liberty through to more personal issues concerned with mutual respect, entitlement, and our willingness to give way to the opinions of others. There are many such escaped elephants out there. This is both an introduction to some of these issues, and an encouragement for you to become an elephant spotter. Good luck!

Voices from the Edge of Eternity


Author: John Myers

Publisher: Whitaker House

ISBN: 1603745246

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 5840

Dramatic Testimonies of Near-death Experiences and VisionsVoices from the Edge of Eternity is a compilation of the words and experiences of people both famous and obscure just before their deaths. Young and old, great and small, saint and sinner—these testimonies confirm the biblical doctrines of life after death, judgment for the nonbeliever, and eternal life for those who have accepted Christ as Savior. Included are the experiences of a formidable array of witnesses, such as Martin Luther, Voltaire, John Wesley, Joan of Arc, Thomas Paine, Charles Darwin, Queen Elizabeth I, John Calvin, Napoleon Bonaparte, Peter the Great, and many more. The agreement among the accounts is remarkable in this fascinating collection of thoughts and experiences that shed light on the life that awaits us after death.

From the Edge of Empire: A Memoir


Author: Ian Hume

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 1478794550

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 4149

This tells of why and how a young Rhodesian army Captain decided in 1963 not to fight the oncoming war over majority rule. His future unknown, he leaves the country for studies in Cape Town; marries; wins a Beit Fellowship to Oxford; and is recruited to a career at the World Bank. In time he becomes an expert on Eastern Europe. Invited home in 1975 to help prepare Rhodesia's transition to Zimbabwe, he spends three years living through the very war he chose to avoid. Rejoining the Bank, he works on Hungary and, in a unique period after communism fell in 1989, he lives in Poland as Resident Representative. A man of two transitions, he explains how they are separate but ironically linked. His book, a testament to the value of education and the power of family, is written as a memoir to his grandchildren. Now himself a proud American, he offers them a world view-what he calls a moral equilibrium- to harmonize their vexed heritage with today's divided America. Happy with his life, he regrets the outcomes in the country he left. He describes a different path to majority rule his countrymen could have taken, instead of herd-think support of Ian Smith's UDI and war. Had they done so, both the war as well as the brutality, corruption and devastation of Mugabe's Zimbabwe could well have been avoided. As a life's message to his grandchildren, he exhorts them not to make similar mistakes: beware the herd; think for yourself.