The Elephant's Secret Sense

Pages: 256
Subject: Popular Science
Imprint: Oneworld

The Elephant's Secret Sense

The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa

Caitlin O'Connell

Tells the story of a previously unknown mode of elephant communication. This work offers an account of the author's relationship with the animals she studied for fourteen years in the Namibian wilderness - a poverty-stricken land threatened by expanding human populations and unstable politics.
Paperback
9781851686438 (1 Mar 2009)
RRP £9.99

The Book

Naturalist Caitlin O'Connell tells the fascinating story of her discovery of a previously unknown mode of elephant communication. One day, while observing elephants in the wild, O'Connell saw the matriarch suddenly turn, flatten her ears, and lift a leg off the ground. Several others followed suit, and soon another elephant appeared. Could elephants feel vibrations through the ground, literally ‘listening' with their feet?





Like 'Gorillas in the Mist', The Elephant's Secret Sense is O'Connell's unforgettable account of her relationship with the animals she studied for fourteen years in the Namibian wilderness - a poverty-stricken land threatened by expanding human populations and unstable politics. This is an enthralling story about the resilience of nature and the inspiring, astonishing, and often heartbreaking places where humans and wild animals come together.

Additional Information

Subject Popular Science
Pages 256
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

Caitlin O'Connell is a research associate at Stanford University. Her discovery and subsequent research in this area has resulted in numerous articles and popular media coverage: her work has been featured by the BBC, National Geographic, Science, Scientific American and Discover. She currently lives in San Diego, US.

Reviews

"An honest, very personal account of living and working with animals in Africa."

- The Irish Independent

"This is exactly the sort of stuff adventure stories are made of."

- The Times Higher Educational Supplement

"With admirable modesty, but gripping clarity, Caitlin describes the trials and dangers of her studies in the wild. Her story brims with passion for Africa and make this book required reading for anyone even thinking of going on safari."

- Daily Mail