Among the Elephants by Iain & Oria Douglas-Hamilton hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Collins & Harvill Press, 1978, Hardback in dust wrapper.
2nd printing. [First Published: 1975] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: Since Elephant Bill burst on the public and became an immediate world best-seller, there have been many famous books about lions, chimpanzees and gorillas but there has been no other comparable story about the most spectacular of animals, the elephant. Now comes Among the Elephants which is an even more exciting personal adventure, on a larger scale, and illustrated by the most extensive range of elephant photographs ever to appear in one volume.
In 1965 lain Douglas-Hamilton eagerly accepted the challenge to solve the problem of four hundred and fifty African elephants confined in the small Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania. For five years he lived among the elephants in a camp in the woodlands famed for their tree-climbing lions, some of them riianeaters. Day by day he taught himself to recognize the individual elephants and made the first systematic study of their behaviour in the wild. With other scientists he pioneered the radio-tracking of their movements, and recorded every minute of their daily lives. He watched the young bring up the babies and the old rush to the help of the stricken and dying. The great matriarch Boadicca, the four terrifying Toronc sisters and the gentle Virgo become as distinctive personalities to the reader as they did to him. In return the elephants threatened or ignored him; three times they transfixed his Land-Rover with their tusks; and in the end Virgo came to accept him and introduced her calf to him while remaining truly wild.
When Oria Rocco came to visit lains camp she not only fell in love with Manyara and the elephants: she stayed to work with him and bore him a daughter. She took the superb photographs which are an essential element of the story and she contributed the five vivid chapters in Part Two. As Professor Niko Tinbergen writes in his Foreword: With her husband she has taken her place among the biographers of Africas most imposing mammal. Their book, one of the most unusual that has been written about man and animal, enables everyone to enjoy the intricate complexities of elephant society based on work that has been accepted by learned authorities as an original contribution to knowledge.
Introduction by: Niko Tinbergen
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the price clipped dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.
Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine.
285 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9¾” x 6¾”.
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