Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants

Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants

by Jacob Shell


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“No one who loves elephants or how humans interact with wildlife should pass up Jacob Shell’s remarkable book.” —Dan Flores, author of Coyote America

Giants of the Monsoon Forest journeys deep into the mountainous rainforests of Burma and India to explore the world of teak logging elephants and their intriguing alliance with humans. Jacob Shell’s narrative vividly depicts elephants’ extraordinary intelligence, and the complicated bond with individual human riders, a partnership that can last for decades. Giants of the Monsoon Forest reveals an unexpected relationship between evolution in the natural world and political struggles in the human one, while considering how Asia’s secret forest culture might offer a way to help protect the fragile spaces both elephants and humans need to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393358445
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/27/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 310,279
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jacob Shell  is a professor of geography and urban studies at Temple University. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Catching Elephants 17

2 Powers of Trunk and Mind 40

3 Muddy Exodus 62

4 A Counterpoint in Africa 93

5 Breakable Chains 116

6 Strange Behaviors 131

7 Camps and Villages 145

8 Pencil Lines on a Map 164

9 Flood Relief Elephant 189

Conclusion 209

Acknowledgments 217

Notes 219

Index 243

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