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Trunk Full of Tales

African ElephantsAfrican Elephants: A Celebration of Majesty by Daryl & Sharna Balfour

  • This book contains a wealth of knowledge, and pictures on African elephants. The book is broken down by sections on some of the many parks in Africa. Of particular interest are the several sections at the beginning of the book summarizing some of the main arguments and issues dealing with the elephant's current situation. Also, there are some beautiful pictures in this book.

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Elephants Elephants: by Clive Spinage

  • This book was published in 1994 by T&AD Poyser Ltd. in London. Overall, this is probably the smallest and most compact book for accessing information on elephants. The book is very informative, covers a wide range of topics, and is a very good resource for in-depth information on elephants.

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A God in Distress
Thread of Poaching and the Ivory Trade to the Asian Elephant of India

  • This book was published in 1997 by the Asian Elephant Conservation Centre. It contains a great deal of very important facts about the decline of the Asian elephant. Although not commonly available in North America, this was an important resource for the compiling of our conservation section.

Menon. V, Sukumar. R, and Kumar. A, (1997) A God in Distress: Threats of Poaching and the Ivory Trade to the Asian Elephant in India, Asian Elephant Conservation Centre.

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Early Social Development Among African Elephant Calves: by Phyllis C. Lee

  • This article was published in the National Geographic Research Journal Volume 2, #3 In the Summer of 1986.

National Geographic Articles

  1. Africa's Elephants: Can They Survive? by Oria Douglas-Hamilton
    Vol. 158, No. 5, November 1980
    This is an amazing article filled with great pictures, and a heart wrenching story
  2. Elephant Talk by Katharine Payne
    Vol. 176, No. 2, August 1989
    A wonderful look in the incredible study concerning the in-depth and far reaching communication between elephants
  3. Elephants -- Out of Time, Out of Space by Douglas Chadwick
    Vol. 179, No. 5, May 1991
    A story filled with an incredible amount of information on elephants. This includes evolutionary, ivory, current populations(1991), and much more.. Also, it contains one of the most beautiful photos I have seen to date taken by William Thompson (P.35)
  4. Forest Elephants
    Vol. 195, No. 2, February 1999
    Included within this article are fascinating pictures and a brief introduction to the Forest Elephants of Central Africa. The pictures are breathtaking. (P. 100 - 113)

Elephant: A Cultural and Natural History by Karl Groning & Martin Saller

  • This book was published in 1999 and contains 192 pages big and is packed with cultural information and other elephant related information. As it is a great resource the only bad copmments I have is dealing with some incorrent elephant facts (re: elephant diet) and the organization. Despite these limitations, this is an incredible deal for the cost and is packed with hundreds of breath taking pictures.

Hardcover - 192 pages (June 1999)
Konemann; ISBN: 3829017529 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.64 x 12.61 x 11.05

Elephant: the animal and its ivory in African culture Edited by Doran H. Ross

  • This book was published in 1992 by Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California, LA. It has a lot of pictures of art carved from ivory, and is a haunting glimpse into the countless suffering that took place to allow the creation of this 'art'. Apart from this, there is a fair amount of information on elephant evolutionary history, folklore, physical and environmental data.

ISBN 0-930741-25-0

Elephants: by Keith Eltringham

  • This book was published in 1982 by Blandford Books Ltd. In Dorset. It serves as a somewhat dated in-depth book on elephants. Although old, there is some worthwhile information in the book and is good for anyone wishing to get a background on elephants. However with the latest release of Elephant: A Cultural and Natural History this book can now be avoided. Sadly, the elephant's social aspects covered in the book are pathetic.

ISBN 0-7137-1041-1

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