Understanding Elephants

Guidelines for safe and enjoyable elephant viewing

Elephant Specialist Advisory Group

Explains elephant behavior - family life, matriarchal system, musth, etc - providing guidelines for safe and enjoyable encounters. Fascinating and possibly life-saving for those visiting Africa's reserves.
Date Published :
August 2017
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Illustration :
170 color photos
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781775843412
Pages : 72
Dimensions : 8.25 X 5.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Elephants are arguably Africa’s most charismatic animals, and among the
biggest drawcards to our game reserves. While the burgeoning game-park industry may be increasing our access to these magnificent creatures, rising human-elephant encounters
are an inevitable outcome – sometimes, sadly, fatal. Such encounters could likely have been avoided had those involved understood elephant
behaviour, and particularly how these intelligent animals interface with traffic through their territory.
This book describes elephant family life, from rearing of infants to establishing dominance within a herd; it unpacks regular elephant
behaviour, the matriarchal system, the particular dangers of males in musth, and many other aspects of their lives. Most of all, it provides
guidelines for ensuring safe and enjoyable encounters with these majestic animals.
This is an essential guide for those planning visits to reserves: aside from the interest factor, being able to read the tell-tale signs may just save lives.

About The Author

The Elephant Specialist Advisory Group (ESAG) comprises research, conservation and management professionals who provide specialist advice on elephant-related issues and wild elephant management to private owners and conservation authorities.

Contributing authors are Dr Marion E. Garaï, Dr Lucy Bates, Dr Yolanda Pretorius, Dr Michele Hofmeyr, Dr Michelle Henley and Dr Jeanetta Selier.

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