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C. A. Spinage

Hardcover | 1994 | This edition is out of print | ISBN: 9780856610882


This volume brings together the latest research and little known observations of scholars, travelers and those who for centuries have worked with the Asian elephant as a beast of burden. The author blends these diverse sources in an easy-to-read style to provide a full and fascinating account of the elephant both in the wild and as long time associate of man's activities. Wide-ranging in geographical and temporal terms, it covers both African and Asian elephants as well as their extinct relative, the mammoth. Elephants discusses their origins, evolution, anatomy, ecology, and behavior. It covers the debate that countries such as Kenya and Botswana have suffered an overpopulation of elephants, and describes the ecology of this debate and its relevance to the ivory trade, along with the history of the trade. The book concludes by examining the domestication of the elephant and its practice both past and present.

Key Features:

  • Discussion of key conservation issues including population growth, culling, and ivory trade
  • Includes historical points of interest
  • Written by a distinguished and respected wildlife biologist


"This attractively produced book is a must for the animal lovers or the person who just wants to know more about these fascinating creatures and their history."--What's On in Wantage

"Clive Spinage has produced an impressive book. . . . This book is an invaluable resource for elephant biologists, and an excellent read for anyone interested in the natural history of this complex and wonderful species."--P.C. Lee, Animal Behaviour

"It is written in an interesting style and is packed with fascinating pieces of information."--Habitat

"The book is produced to the high standard . . . and the text illustrations by Larry Norton are a delight."--Gordon Woodroffe, Mammal News

"All you ever wanted to know about the elephant from its evolution, biology and sociology, to its potential as a lifesaver for humans in the Third World, is in Clive Spinage's eminently readable book."--Douglas Palmer, BBC Wildlife

"This is a distinguished contribution to the literature on elephants. It is well written and a pleasure to read, with the factual information laced with anecdotal detail. It can be thoroughly recommended."--S. K. Eltringham, Journal of Animal Ecology

Formerly published by Academic Press

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