By Caitlin O'Connell
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An Elephant’s Life presents a special and interesting immersion into the area of the African elephant, instructed by way of a number one box biologist who has been studying and photographing those animals of their usual habitat for almost 20 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 photograph essays offers a uniquely wealthy realizing of what it’s prefer to develop up and reside in the complexities of elephant society at each flip of the web page. Readers will adventure the frustrations and ache of the coming-of-age male suffering to depart his kinfolk, witness the consistent vigilance a matriarch exerts to guard her family members, and suppose the drama of a dominant male attempting to carry onto strength 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 engaging species.
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