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African Elephants: A Celebration of Majesty
by Daryl Balfour (Photographer), et al.
Hardcover: 168 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.87 x 12.08 x 10.75 
Publisher: Abbeville Press, Inc.; 
ISBN: 0789203898

African Elephants
by Reinhard Kunkel (Author)
Elephants, writes German wildlife photographer Reinhard Künkel, are strange creatures. "Despite their size," he writes, "elephants by no means claim undisputed precedence in all their dealings with other animals. The privileges they might derive from their awesomeness and strength they are often too gentle and peaceable to claim." Yet an elephant that makes room for an annoyingly chiding pair of crested cranes one minute will defend its territory against a curious human the next, and, as Künkel relates, some of the images in this fine suite of photographs were the result of hair-raising negotiations with elephants on their native turf. Few wildlife photographers have worked in such close proximity with their subjects, as he notes in some of the wry autobiographical vignettes that open his book, and Künkel's 120-plus color plates capture elephants in all aspects of their daily lives: eating, bathing, traveling, playing, fighting, and, well, making other elephants. Künkel has spent many years among elephants throughout East Africa, and his familiarity with their ways affords his readers an exceptionally fine experience in armchair nature travel. --Gregory McNamee -
Hardcover: 224 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.16 x 13.33 x 10.05 
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Revised edition (April 1, ) 
ISBN: 0810919842 

The Asian Elephant : Ecology and Management
by Raman Sukumar
Paperback from Cambridge University Press

The Asian Elephant : An Action Plan for Its Conservation

Elephant Days & Elephant Nights
by Raman Sukumar
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Elephants2012 Calendar
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The Asiatic Elephant (Wildlife, Habits & Habitat)
by William R. Sanford, Carl R. Green, Howard Schroeder
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Among the Elephants
by Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Oria Douglas-Hamilton
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The African Elephant: Twilight In Eden
by Roger L. DiSilvestro (Author)

Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family
by Cynthia Moss
Publisher: University of Chicago Press (Trd);

Bonjour Babar!: The 6 Unabridged Classics by the Creator of Babar
by Jean De Brunhoff, Kevin Henkes (Introduction)
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Elephant Destiny: Biography of an Endangered Species
by Martin Meredith
Hardcover from PublicAffairs

African Elephants
by Reinhard Kunkel
from Harry N Abrams

African Elephants: A Celebration of Majesty
by Daryl Balfour, Sharna Balfour, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, John Hanks, Daphne Sheldrick
from Abbeville Press, Inc.

Why Elephants Have Big Ears: Understanding Patterns of Life on Earth
by Chris Lavers
from St. Martin's Press

When Elephants Paint: The Quest of Two Russian Artists to Save the Elephants of Thailand
by Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid
Once revered as semidivine beings and collaborators in the hard work of transporting goods and materials, Thailand's elephants have fallen on hard times. With the destruction of their forested habitats, a consequent nationwide ban on hardwood logging, and the decline of traditional agriculture in the rapidly urbanizing country, their numbers have declined from tens of thousands just a decade ago to only a few thousand today. Many of the surviving elephants have been put to work in traveling circuses or used for black-market labor, subject to overwork and all manner of abuse. 

Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, Russian expatriates who have been working together for more than 30 years, have a knack, writes art curator Mia Fineman, for "transforming the solemn rituals of high art into high comedy." It was with the utmost seriousness, however, that the two, on reading of the elephants' plight, traveled to Thailand and established the Thai Elephant Art School, through whose offices elephants create pop-art masterpieces with palette, brush, and trunk. (Elephants, it seems, have a well-known gift for the visual arts and, in the Thai case, adore the work of Vasily Kandinsky.) Sold to collectors on the world market, pachyderm-painted pieces generated $75,000 at a single early auction, the proceeds of which were used to establish and maintain sanctuaries throughout Thailand.

Illustrated with elephantine artwork and more than 100 photographs documenting Komar and Melamid's project, this book makes a wonderfully offbeat gift, and one of a very good cause. --Gregory McNamee -
Paperback: 112 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.35 x 10.49 x 10.01
Publisher: Perennial; (November 7, )
ISBN: 0060953527

Elephant Quest
by Ted Lewin, Betsy Lewin
Hardcover from HarperCollins

Elephants: Majestic Creatures of the Wild (Mighty Creature Series)
by Jeheskel Shoshani (Editor), Frank Knight (Editor)

Elephants : A Cultural and Natural History

Echo Of The Elephants

Elephants & Other Land Giants

The Elephant Foot: Prevention and Care of Foot Conditions in Captive Asian and African Elephants
by Blair A. Csuti (Editor) et al.


Elephant Crossing

The Love Of Elephants

Mango Elephants In The Sun: How Life In An African Village Let Me Be In My Skin
by Susana Herrera 
A peaceworker's sojourn in Northern Cameroon

The Eye of the Elephant : An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness
by Mark James Owens, Cordelia Dykes Owens
Paperback from Mariner Books

Silent Thunder : In the Presence of Elephants
by Katy Payne
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Elephants (World Life Library)
by Joyce Poole
Paperback from Voyageur Press

Elephants of Thailand in Myth, Art, and Reality
by Rita Ringis

Coming Of Age With Elephants: A Memoir
by Joyce Poole
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When Elephants Weep
by Susan McCarthy, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Paperback: 291 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.73 x 8.03 x 5.28
Publisher: Delta;
ISBN: 0385314280

African Elephants: Giants of the Land
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Oria Douglas-Hamilton (Illustrator) 
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Elephant Days & Elephant Nights: Ten Years With The Indian Elephant
by Raman Sukumar, George B. Schaller (Introduction)
Hardcover: 236 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.10 x 10.00 x 6.50
Publisher: Oxford University Press;
ISBN: 0195633482
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To The Elephant Graveyard
by Tarquin Hall
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The Astonishing Elephant
by Shana Alexander 
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The Fate of the Elephant
by Douglas H. Chadwick
It's no longer news that animals are being driven to extinction at an astonishing rate, with some scientists now estimating that 1,000 species disappear each year. What is news is that the species are increasingly familiar to us: lions, grizzly bears, gorillas, whales, black terns--and elephants. In the 19th century, writes Douglas Chadwick in this superb journalistic study, Africa boasted more than 10 million of the giant pachyderms; there are fewer than half a million today, a situation mirrored in Asia. The slaughter is largely the result of the illegal ivory trade, conducted through such nations as Japan and Singapore, which ignore international conventions to keep the barbarous supply rolling. Sanctions on those nations are needed, says Chadwick--but so is much more. This sobering book offers an encyclopedic look at the life history of the African and Asian elephants, which, unless something is done now, may not be long for the world. 
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Managing Elephants : An Introduction to Their Training and Management
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