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For anyone who has ever wondered about the magic and mystery of elephants this book will definitely whet your appetite Cynthia s stories about Echo and the wild elephants she follows in Amboseli in Kenya broke my heart, made me scream with joy, and above all opened my eyes to these unbelievable creatures in ways I never thought possible. Well, I learned a lot about elephants from this book It s written by Cynthia Moss, who spent 13 years living alongside several families of wild african elephants I was drawn to it because elephants are very intelligent creatures with complex social lives, but are unlike primates in some ways When I read about chimpanzee behavior it never seems like there s much difference between them and us, other than the amount of time we spend rationalizing what we do I enjoyed this book a lot, it was informative without feeling cold and scientific The author gets the necessary bits of biology in but the focus always remains on the living elephants and their story Even though the protagonists aren t human, and in some ways differ from us i d say their male female relationships are unlike ours, but that depends on who you are , their intelligence, playfulness, and outpouring of emotion is easy to relate to. 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 This book was interesting because it s always interesting to learn about the habits and behaviors of another species, especially one as grand and magnificent as the African elephant The writing was competent, but not overly engaging Many parts of this book read like slightly beefed up field notes than like a story of elephant life I found myself reading it out of a sense of duty I started it, so I have to finish it than because I couldn t wait to get back into it Still, I know a lot about elephants and about the situation in that particular part of Kenya Amboselli Park than I did before reading this book Not a waste of time, just not the best use of my reading time. I would not reccomend that anyone pick up this book for pleasure reading It is an interesting scientific study of the elephants of Amboseli National Park in Kenya It does have interesting narratives about the life of an elephant I did a lot of skipping around Cynthia Moss tells us about 13 years living among and studying the elephants in Amboseli National Park in Kenya in the 1970s and 1980s After I finished reading this book I looked her up on the Internet and she s still there, still on the job A lot of interesting stuff about elephants and their habits, their society, and their life cycle The book sometimes seems like it s about to get rather dry, but it never quite does I found myself enjoying the book and as I get deeper into it Not only was it interesting to learn about the elephants, but also about what s involved in researching animals in the wild And, if such things interest you, the opening of the fourth chapter, the one on mating, was the most pornographic thing I ve ever read about elephants This was the eleventh of nineteen consecutive books that I plan to read about Africa. I hover between 2 and 3 stars for this book I really wanted to read this book since I was familiar with her and her work But frankly this book was dry dry dry and I abandoned it halfway through. Moss not only makes over a decade of research observations interesting, she fictionalizes entirely plausible backstories to round out the herds experiences that were not witnessed firsthand Her prose is at times literary from the description of a parade of elephants on P1 the quiet sluff, sluff of their feet kicked up the fine alkaline dust and their outlines became hazy Definitely worth reading if you re interested about large mammal research and conservation, or want to be I felt like I was in the Land Rover with Cynthia Moss as she described in great detail the behaviors of elephants In her thirteen years observing elephant behavior, Cynthia watched the younger and older elephants sparring, rolling and bathing in mud She learned that elephants are quite tactile, touching and leaning against each other Their greeting ceremonies are elaborate The grumble, lift and spread and flap their ears, trumpet, scream, spin, urinate and defecate Greetings among elephants last as long as ten minutes These greeting ceremonies prove the bonds among the many family members have for one another When one animal is dying, others in the family try to hold the elephant up, finally burying the dead elephant with branches and earth, leaving her behind only when necessary.During the drought periods, Cynthia Moss carefully recorded elephant behavior in their relentless pursuit of water and food, watching how the once playful elephants became wary and thin, many losing their ability to feed their young Half of the baby calves died during Cynthia s watch in 1974 During better times, when water and grass was plentiful, Cynthia observed the estrous behavior of elephants The larger bulls are what the female elephants tend to wait for, tending to run away from the younger males When an older bull has set his smell and eyes on his female, and she has smelled his powerful smell with his secretions from afar, the male mates with her after she runs, and he chases and catches and mounts her, protecting her for 2 3 days until he tires of her and goes back to his male family to hang out The other males know their place until the bull leaves The aggressive females in the family lead the others to food Their experience show the others how to survive When a female has been had by her male, the others in the family surround the female and grunt and trumpet in celebration of new life The elephants are pretty well protected in the Amboseli park The Maasai only spear the elephants to show their strength, but otherwise leave them alone, showing animals respect There are still hunters and poachers who shoot the elephants for their ivory.Humans are identified by their teeth Elephants can be identified by their ears, for their ears are distinct with tears and veins Cynthia describes watching the elephants as a soap opera, for every day there are new discoveries in elephant behavior This was an easy book to read, and VERY informative I look forward to reading before my daughter and I go on safari the summer of 2015 Been to Africa three times and once stayed in an elle camp outside of Victoria Falls where I once bathed an elephant which was truly a life highlight What amazed me about the experience was how the elephant was communicating with me through his eyes and trunk LOVE elephants and Moss helped me understand them,they have amazing emotional souls How anyone can kill one is beyond me.