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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.

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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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Table of Contents

1. Proboscidae
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2. An Astounding Physiology
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3. Representing Elephants
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4. Using Elephants
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5. Conservation

Timeline

References
Bibliography
Associations and Websites
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861893970
Author:
Wylie, Dan
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Nature Studies-Zoology
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 color plates, 60 halftones
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.38 in

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