By Cynthia Moss
Cynthia Moss has studied the elephants in Kenya's Amboseli nationwide Park for over twenty-seven years. Her long term learn has printed a lot of what we now find out about those complicated and clever animals. the following she chronicles the lives of the participants of the T households led through matriarchs Teresia, Slit Ear, Torn Ear, Tania, and Tuskless. With a brand new afterword catching up at the households and protecting present conservation concerns, Moss's tale will proceed to fascinate animal lovers.
"One is quickly swept away by means of this 'Babar' for adults. by way of the tip, one even starts off to think an aversion for individuals. One desires to curse human civilization and cry out, 'Now God get up for the elephants!'"—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, long island Times
"Moss speaks to the final reader, with attraction in addition to clinical authority. . . . [An] elegantly written and ingeniously dependent account." —Raymond Sokolov, Wall road Journal
"Moss tells the tale in a method so conversational . . . that I felt like a privileged customer driving beside her in her rickety Land-Rover as she confirmed me round the park." —Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, manhattan occasions booklet Review
"A prose-poem celebrating a species from which shall we research a few ethical in addition to zoological lessons." —Chicago Tribune
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Extra resources for Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family
The adults were experienced at handling this potentially dangerous food, but the younger calves could neither break off the branches nor manipulate the thorns so that they would not pierce their tongues, gums, and insides of their mouths. They stood near their mothers and picked up the smallest twigs and bits of bark. After browsing on the acacias for nearly an hour, the elephants walked on west through the strip of trees to an area of the swamp where it runs like a river through steep banks, bordered by Cynodon dactylon grass.
I hoped that a study of undisturbed elephants would provide base-line data that might eventually help in the conservation of all elephants. When Harvey and I started the part-time study in 1972, I did DROUGHT not realize that within a few years I was going to witness some of the most severe environmental pressures that many of the Amboseli elephants would probably undergo in their lifetimes. Rainfall in the first three years of the study was average to lower than average, but at the same time Maasai cattle had increased considerably, so there was a very high biomass of animals competing for the rapidly diminishing resources.
They separated, backed up, and this time ran at each other and met with the rich chunking sound of ivory against ivory. Finally one broke away and turned and ran with the other following. The first one whirled around, lifted his head, and spread his ears and his pursuer stopped short, watched the other for a moment, then picked up a stick in his trunk and threw it in the air. The other young male lowered his head and approached and the sparring began again. Several pairs of young males sparred in this way, while the younger calves imitated them, chased one another, climbed on each other, or simply ran around for no apparent reason.