[UCP Books]: Elephant Don: The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse

Now in Paperback

Elephant Don
The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse

Caitlin O’Connell

Publication Date: August 15, 2016 ISBN-13: 978-0-226-38005-6 Paper $16.00 / £11.00

“In Elephant Don, O’Connell, one of the leading experts on elephant communication and social behavior, takes us inside the little-known world of African male elephants, a world that is steeped in ritual, where bonds are maintained by unexpected tenderness punctuated by violence. It is also the story of O’Connell and the challenges and triumphs of field research. And it comes at a critical time when the slaughter of these intelligent and long lived creatures is at an all time high. The more people learn about them, the more they are likely to help efforts to save them.” Jane Goodall, founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

 “An outstanding book. . . . There are no substitutes for long-term field research on identified individuals and, as you read Dr. O’Connell’s book, you’ll feel like you’re right there with her, her incredible team of researchers, and these most interesting and amazing animals.” Psychology Today

“A highly engaging and at times deeply affecting personal memoir of her years monitoring elephant society.” Huffington Post

“O’Connell’s book represents an uncommon story, the kind that can only unfold over time, with the help of meticulous observation. . . . O’Connell is aware that in Greg, she witnessed an exceptional leader. Encountering such an animal in fieldwork is a rare gift. He will open the door to another world, divulging nature’s secrets, letting us see our world—and ourselves—through his eyes.” Times Literary Supplement

Caitlin O’Connell is a faculty member at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is the author of the acclaimed science memoir The Elephant’s Secret Sense, also published by the University of Chicago Press, and the subject of the award-winning Smithsonian documentary Elephant King. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, National Geographic, and Discover, among many others. She lives in San Diego and is available for interviews. For more information, please contact Carrie Olivia Adams: coa@uchicago.edu / 773.702.4216


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