Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family
by Cynthia J. Moss
University of Chicago Press, 2000 Paper: 978-0-226-54237-9 | eISBN: 978-0-226-14853-3
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Cynthia Moss has studied the elephants in Kenya's Amboseli National Park for over twenty-seven years. Her long-term research has revealed much of what we now know about these complex and intelligent animals. Here she chronicles the lives of the members of the T families led by matriarchs Teresia, Slit Ear, Torn Ear, Tania, and Tuskless. With a new afterword catching up on the families and covering current conservation issues, Moss's story will continue to fascinate animal lovers.
"One is soon swept away by this 'Babar' for adults. By the end, one even begins to feel an aversion for people. One wants to curse human civilization and cry out, 'Now God stand up for the elephants!'"—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times
"Moss speaks to the general reader, with charm as well as scientific authority. . . . [An] elegantly written and ingeniously structured account." —Raymond Sokolov, Wall Street Journal
"Moss tells the story in a style so conversational . . . that I felt like a privileged visitor riding beside her in her rickety Land-Rover as she showed me around the park." —Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, New York Times Book Review
"A prose-poem celebrating a species from which we could learn some moral as well as zoological lessons." —Chicago Tribune
Cynthia F. Moss is a professor of psychology and member of the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the coeditor of Neuroethological Studies on Cognitive and Perceptual Processes.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgments Introduction I. An Amboseli Day 1973-1975 II. Drought 1976 III. Migration 1977 IV. Mating 1978 V. Social Relationships 1979 VI. Births and Babies 1980 VII. Elephants and People 1981 VIII. Flexibility 1982 IX. Population Dynamics 1983 X. Life Cycle and Death 1984 XI. Future Generations and Beyond 1985-1986 Epilogue December 26, 1986 Afterword November 1999 Amboseli Elephant Research Project Publications Index
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