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Elephant (Animal)by Dan Wylie
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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.
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2. An Astounding Physiology
3. Representing Elephants
4. Using Elephants
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