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Elephant (Animal)by Dan Wylie
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andldquo;Tick, tock, tick, tock.andrdquo; Thanks to Peter Pan, this sound, if heard near water, means run: a hungry crocodile is on its way. J. M. Barrie isnandrsquo;t fully to blame for spreading the word that crocodiles are our enemies, or at least the enemies of one-handed piratesandmdash;innumerable songs, stories, and legends have characterized these reptiles as a symbol of pitiless predation and insatiable appetite. Tracking twenty-three crocodilian species from India and Egypt to Africa, Australia, and beyond, Crocodile advocates that we do a complete one-eighty in our views of these magnificent creatures.
Dan Wylie traces the crocodile in myth, art, and literature, demonstrating that though we commonly associate the reptiles with ferocity and deceit, they have also often been respected and revered in human history. Discussing how crocodiles were all but wiped out in the middle of the twentieth century by hunters and skin traders and are now making a comeback, he reveals that, as apex predators, they are today an increasingly important indicator of the health of an ecosystem and may outlive humans like they did dinosaurs. Presenting a concise, cogent case for why we should respect these fearsome animals, this beautifully illustrated volume is a tribute to one of the worldandrsquo;s ultimate survivors.
Aristotle characterized the elephant as and#8220;the beast which passeth all others in wit and mindand#8221; and the animal has long figured in cultural artifacts, even on continents it has never inhabited. Now Elephant provides an engaging look at the elephantand#8217;s long legacy.
The image of the elephant can be found throughout world cultures as a symbol of intelligence, strength, and loyalty. Wylie draws on a rich array of examples to document that symbolic power, ranging from symbols of the Hindu god of wisdom, Ganesh, to the beloved childrenand#8217;s works Dumbo and Babar the Elephant.
Turning to the elephantand#8217;s biological history, Wylie describes the three remaining speciesand#8212;the African Bush Elephant, African Forest Elephant, and the Asian Elephantand#8212;and the controversial efforts for elephant conservation. With ivory poaching and human encroachment into the animaland#8217;s natural habitats, Wylie argues that we face a uniquely poignant conservation crisis in which elephants and humans both unsustainably consume limited natural resources.
A compelling new entry in the Animal series, Elephant will be necessary for every animal loverand#8217;s bookshelf.
About the Author
Dan Wylie is associate professor of English at Rhodes University in Zimbabwe. He is the author of several books, including Myth of Iron: Shaka in History and Toxic Belonging?: Identity and Ecology in Southern Africa.
Table of Contents
2. An Astounding Physiology
3. Representing Elephants
4. Using Elephants
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