Understanding elephants

Understanding elephants

by Elephant Specialist Advisory Group (ESAG)

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Overview

Elephants are arguably Africa’s most charismatic animals, and among the biggest drawcards to our game reserves. While the burgeoning game-park industry may be increasing our access to these magnificent creatures, rising human-elephant encounters are an inevitable outcome – sometimes, sadly, fatal. Such encounters could likely have been avoided had those involved understood elephant behaviour, and particularly how these intelligent animals interface with traffic through their territory. This book describes elephant family life, from rearing of infants to establishing dominance within a herd; it unpacks regular elephant behaviour, the matriarchal system, the particular dangers of males in musth, and many other aspects of their lives. Most of all, it provides guidelines for ensuring safe and enjoyable encounters with these majestic animals. This is an essential guide for those planning visits to reserves: aside from the interest factor, being able to read the tell-tale signs may just save lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781775843429
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Publication date: 05/18/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 72
File size: 26 MB
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About the Author

The Elephant Specialist Advisory Group (ESAG) comprises research, conservation and management professionals who provide specialist advice on elephant-related issues and wild elephant management to private owners and conservation authorities. Contributing authors are Dr Marion E. Garaï, Dr Lucy Bates, Dr Yolanda Pretorius, Dr Michele Hofmeyr, Dr Michelle Henley and Dr Jeanetta Selier.

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