By Caitlin O'Connell

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

 

An Elephant’s Life presents a distinct and engaging immersion into the area of the African elephant, advised by way of a number one box biologist who has been discovering and photographing those animals of their typical habitat for almost twenty 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 event the frustrations and affliction of the coming-of-age male suffering to go away his family members, 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 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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I've been learning elephants for nearly 20 years now, and there's by no means a lifeless second, by no means an adventure from which I don’t examine anything new in regards to the elephant and approximately myself (including simply how a lot warmth, dirt, and sand within the enamel and on my digicam lens i will be able to tolerate). I constantly consider like a privileged insider in the elephant’s global. I prepare this number of elephant photographs that Tim and that i took over the process my examine at Mushara waterhole in Etosha nationwide Park, Namibia, within the wish of aiding you spot the elephant and its international from that very same insider perspective—to witness these first social steps, or missteps, of the calf, the heart-warming commitment of a matriarch, the beautiful monitors of formality, the tribulations of a tender male leaving his kin, the ways that dominance performs out, the testosterone-fueled nation of musth men trying to find a mate, the fierce safeguard provided by means of a most sensible blood brother, in addition to the heart-wrenching reunions of a relations. a few attractive collections of elephant pictures have seemed in books in recent times, yet almost all these collections encompass a chain of person pictures that checklist disconnected moments in time, without actual experience of an elephant’s existence because it progresses from starting to finish. It struck me photograph e-book can be a chance to do exactly that—illustrate an elephant’s existence, second by means of second. during this publication, I display regular, and infrequently not-so-typical elephant habit via shooting an occasion within the second, via illustrative sequences of dynamic photos that permit the development to be skilled visually instead of simply via phrases or remoted snapshots. I additionally desired to spotlight the truth that elephants and different extremely smart animals have rituals similar to our personal. even if we will by no means be aware of evidently the level of a few rituals’ which means, and as a way to steer clear of forthcoming anthropomorphism, I easily recommend that elephants may function a reminder that we as people usually are not so exact in our social complexity as we occasionally wish to imagine. An Elephant’s existence proceeds chronologically, from the beginning of the calf to the coming-of-age bull to the wounding of the dominant bull (in this example, a bull named Greg) on the peak of his reign. i've got attempted to offer the science—what we all know, suspect, or nonetheless ask yourself about—in a manner that enriches yet doesn’t weigh down the event of the photographs. even if this quantity isn't intended to be a accomplished remedy, i've got picked out a few defining moments in an elephant’s existence to percentage with you, up shut and private, with the wish that you simply benefit from the adventure and maybe achieve new perception into the majesty, the enjoyment, or even occasionally the ache of an elephant’s existence. among the vantage element of a tower and a bunker, we’ve realized very much approximately elephants via many, many hours of sufferer remark in occasionally no longer so cozy stipulations. yet as you will find, it’s challenging to go up the chance to get so on the subject of the motion, regardless of the occasional bits of dung blown into your face with a surprising gust of wind.

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