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The last giants : the rise and fall of the African elephant

Author: Levison Wood
Publisher: New York, NY : Black Cat, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Grove Atlantic paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Ever since he was young, Levison Wood has been fascinated by elephants and their fight for survival. While trekking the Nile he finally saw these beasts up close, and in The Last Giants, he satisfies his lifelong desire to learn more about the majestic African elephant. These giants journey through some of Africa's most magnificent landscapes as they go in search of life-giving waters and pastures. El Nino's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Instructional and educational works
Named Person: Levison Wood; Levison Wood
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Levison Wood
ISBN: 9780802158475 0802158471
OCLC Number: 1192303776
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2020 by Hodder & Stoughton, An Hatchett UK company"--Title page verso.
Description: ix, 260 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Contents: A brief history of the African elephant --
Ancestors and evolution --
A giant's world --
The ultimate survivor --
Friends and relations --
A curious mind --
A continent of ghosts --
Poaching, ivory and trade --
Taking trophies --
The elephant in the room: habitat loss --
A world without --
Sharing the future --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Levison Wood.

Abstract:

"Ever since he was young, Levison Wood has been fascinated by elephants and their fight for survival. While trekking the Nile he finally saw these beasts up close, and in The Last Giants, he satisfies his lifelong desire to learn more about the majestic African elephant. These giants journey through some of Africa's most magnificent landscapes as they go in search of life-giving waters and pastures. El Nino's droughts and an insatiable ivory trade have cut African elephant numbers by a third in the last decade alone; if elephants disappear entirely, Africa's entire ecosystem could collapse. But Botswana has become a haven, where one-sixth of the world's elephants now reside. Each year their numbers grow and an incredible migration takes place, which Wood witnesses and records. In The Last Giants, he teams up with local trackers to gain insight into how this iconic species survives, camps out in the wild, meets the people and tribes living on the migration's path, and joins the park rangers whose job it is to protect these land goliaths"--

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