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Meet Greg. Heand#8217;s a stocky guy with an outsized swagger. Heand#8217;s been the intimidating, yet sociable don of his posse of friendsand#151;including Abe, Keith, Mike, Kevin, and Freddie Fredericksand#151;but one arid summer the tide begins to shift and the third-ranking Kevin starts to get ambitious and seeks a higher position within this social club. But this is no ordinary tale of gangland betrayaland#151;Greg and his entourage are bull elephants in Etosha National Park, Namibia, where, for the last twenty years, Caitlin Oand#8217;Connell has been a keen observer of their complicated friendships.

In Elephant Don, Oand#8217;Connell, one of the leading experts on elephant communication and social behavior, takes us inside the little-known world of African male elephants, a world that is steeped in ritual, where bonds are maintained by unexpected tenderness punctuated by violence. Elephant Don tracks Greg and his group of bulls as Oand#8217;Connell tries to understand the vicissitudes of male friendship, power struggles, and play. A frequently heart-wrenching portrayal of commitment, loyalty, and affection between individuals yearning for companionship, it vividly captures the incredible repertoire of elephant behavior and communication. and#160;Greg, Oand#8217;Connell shows, is sometimes a tyrant and other times a benevolent dictator as he attempts to hold on to his position at the top. Though Elephant Don is Gregand#8217;s story, it is also the story of Oand#8217;Connell and the challenges and triumphs of field research in environs more hospitable to lions and snakes than scientists.

Readers will be drawn into dramatic tales of an elephant society at once exotic and surprisingly familiar, as Oand#8217;Connelland#8217;s decades of close research reveal extraordinary discoveries about a male society not wholly unlike our own. Surely weand#8217;ve all known a Greg or two, and through this book we may come to know them in a whole new light.

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Jane Goodall's account of her life among the wild chimpanzees of Gombe.

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World-renowned primatologist, conservationist, and humanitarian Dr. Jane Goodalls account of her life among the wild chimpanzees of Gombe is one of the most enthralling stories of animal behavior ever written. Her adventure began when the famous anthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey suggested that a long-term study of chimpanzees in the wild might shed light on the behavior of our closest living relatives. Accompanied by only her mother and her African assistants, she set up camp in the remote Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in Tanzania. For months the project seemed hopeless; out in the forest from dawn until dark, she had but fleeting glimpses of frightened animals. But gradually she won their trust and was able to record previously unknown behavior, such as the use—and even the making— of tools, until then believed to be an exclusive skill of man. As she came to know the chimps as individuals, she began to understand their complicated social hierarchy and observed many extraordinary behaviors, which have forever changed our understanding of the profound connection between humans and chimpanzees.
 
In the Shadow of Man is “one of the Western worlds great scientific achievements” (Stephen Jay Gould) and a vivid, essential journey of discovery for each new generation of readers.

About the Author

JANE GOODALL continues to study and write about primate behavior. She founded the Gombe Stream Research Center in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, and the Jane Goodall Institute for Wild Life Research, Education, and Conservation to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees. She is the author of many books, including two autobiographies in letters, Africa in My Blood and Beyond Innocence. Today Dr. Goodall spends much of her time lecturing, sharing her message of hope for the future, and encouraging young people to make a difference in their world.
Wrangham ia a professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

  PREFACE BY JANE GOODALL XI

  FOREWORD BY RICHARD WRANGHAM XX

  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS XXIII

 1 BEGINNINGS 1

 2  EARLY DAYS 13

 3  FIRST OBSERVATIONS 24

 4  CAMP LIFE 38

 5  THE RAINS 51

 6  THE CHIMPS COME TO CAMP 63

 7  FLOS SEX LIFE 78

 8  THE FEEDING STATION 88

 9  FLO AND HER FAMILY 100

 10  THE HIERARCHY 111

 11  THE GROWTH OF THE RESEARCH CENTER 129

 12  THE INFANT 144

 13  THE CHILD 158

 14  THE ADOLESCENT 170

 15  ADULT RELATIONSHIPS 181

 16  BABOONS AND PREDATION 194

 17  DEATH 210

 18  MOTHER AND CHILD 221

 19  IN THE SHADOW OF MAN 234

 20  MANS INHUMANITY 248

 21  FAMILY POSTSCRIPT 253

  APPENDIXES

   A. STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT 269

   B. FACIAL EXPRESSIONS AND CALLS 271

   C. WEAPON AND TOOL USE 275

   D. DIET 279

   E. CHIMPANZEE AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR 282

  BIBLIOGRAPHY 285

  INDEX 288

  ABOUT THE JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE 303

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547334165
Author:
Goodall, Jane
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Photographer:
Van Lawick, Hugo
Foreword by:
Wrangham, Richard
Foreword:
Wrangham, Richard
Author:
O'Connell, Caitlin
Author:
Wrangham, Richard
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - Primatology
Subject:
Research -- Methodology.
Subject:
Apes & Monkeys
Subject:
Chimpanzees -- Behavior.
Subject:
Animals - Primates
Subject:
Biology-Primatology
Subject:
Animals
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
44 halftones
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Jane Goodall's account of her life among the wild chimpanzees of Gombe.
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World-renowned primatologist, conservationist, and humanitarian Dr. Jane Goodalls account of her life among the wild chimpanzees of Gombe is one of the most enthralling stories of animal behavior ever written. Her adventure began when the famous anthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey suggested that a long-term study of chimpanzees in the wild might shed light on the behavior of our closest living relatives. Accompanied by only her mother and her African assistants, she set up camp in the remote Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in Tanzania. For months the project seemed hopeless; out in the forest from dawn until dark, she had but fleeting glimpses of frightened animals. But gradually she won their trust and was able to record previously unknown behavior, such as the use—and even the making— of tools, until then believed to be an exclusive skill of man. As she came to know the chimps as individuals, she began to understand their complicated social hierarchy and observed many extraordinary behaviors, which have forever changed our understanding of the profound connection between humans and chimpanzees.
 
In the Shadow of Man is “one of the Western worlds great scientific achievements” (Stephen Jay Gould) and a vivid, essential journey of discovery for each new generation of readers.
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