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Elephant rescue : changing the future for endangered wildlife /

by Morgan, Jody.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 2004Description: 64 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1552975959 (bound) :; 1552975940 (pbk.).Title notes: j $19.95 4/8/2006Subject(s): Elephants -- Juvenile literature | Endangered species -- Juvenile literature | Wildlife conservation -- Juvenile literature | Elephants | Endangered species | Wildlife conservationOnline resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description | Table of contents
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In 1979, the African elephant population was 1.3 million. By 1989 that total dropped dramatically to 609,000. During the 1980s, poachers killed some three hundred elephants a day. Although active measures were soon enforced to protect African and Asian elephant populations, the elephant's future is still uncertain. 'Elephant Rescue' traces the efforts of individuals and organizations that confront the international ivory trade and lobby indigenous governments to create protective environments. One innovative program described is green hunting. Sport hunters who once shot and killed elephants are now given the opportunity to use tranquilizers. The animal suffers no harm and accompanying researchers can fit these elephants with a radio collar for further studies. The book also covers: *How elephants live *Ways elephants protect their families *Elephants' astonishingly intricate behaviour *Physiology, life span, diet and more. 'Elephant Rescue' is a fascinating book about how people and elephants can thrive in a shared environment. AUTHOR: Jody Morgan is a biologist, writer and editor. Her work appears in many magazines including Harrowsmith and Equinox. She was the project editor for the book Mammals of North America. SELLING POINTS: * The Firefly Animal Rescue identifies endangered and threatened species and what is being done to protect them. Combining lively, accessible text and stunning colour photographs, each book provides a detailed overview of the species, describing its characteristics, behaviour, habits, physiology and more. REVIEWS: "These attractive books are a call to action... fascinating readable accounts." - School Library Journal ILLUSTRATIONS: 50 colour photographs

j $19.95 4/8/2006

Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • The gentle giant
  • What big brains you have
  • Where do elephants live?
  • The story so far
  • Tusk tusk
  • White gold
  • Herd mentality
  • At Work: Iain Douglas-Hamilton
  • On The Frontlines: Green hunting
  • On The Frontlines: Amboseli Elephant Research Project
  • At Work: Joyce Poole
  • Have trunk, will travel
  • Trampled underfoot
  • On The Frontlines: Peace parks
  • You are what you eat
  • Make yourself at home
  • On The Frontlines: Elephant collaring
  • At Work: Raman Sukumar
  • Sounds like a herd of elephants
  • On The Frontlines: Elephant Listening Project
  • At Work: Katy Payne
  • Should elephants be kept in zoos?
  • At Work: Charlie Gray
  • On The Frontlines: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
  • What is the elephant's future?
  • Fast facts
  • How you can help
  • Index
  • Photo credits
  • Author's note

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">The Gentle Giant If the tiger is the spirit of the jungle," says researcher Raman Sukumar, "the elephant is its body -- large, majestic, making its presence felt with authority." In some cultures, the elephant is treated as royalty or worshipped as a god. Yet through the centuries people have hunted them for their meat and ivory, harnessed them to pull logs out of the forest, even forced them to fight in wars. Growing human populations have destroyed most of the animal's territory and continue to compete for what's left. Weighing up to 15,000 pounds (6,800 kg) and standing as tall as 13 feet (4 m), elephants are the largest of the land mammals. They are members of a group called Proboscidea, named for their most distinguishing feature: the proboscis, or trunk. Millions of years ago, over 350 species roamed every continent except Antarctica and Australia. The sole survivors are the African elephants ( Loxodonta africana and Loxodonta cyclotis ) and the Asian elephant ( Elephas maximus ). Strangely, their closest relative is the hyrax, a small, tailless mammal that looks like an overgrown guinea pig. They're also related to sea cows (manatees and dugongs) and aardvarks. In 1979, there were some 1.3 million elephants in Africa. By 1989, only 609,000 remained. That year, the world agreed to a total ban on the ivory trade, but the most recent tally suggests that their numbers have still not recovered, and may even be declining. The number of wild Asian elephants has also dropped dramatically in the past 50 years; only 36,000 to 44,000 remain in the wild. Today, devoted conservationists and scientists are working to find new ways for people and elephants to live together. Excerpted from Elephant Rescue: Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife by Jody Morgan All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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