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The Elephant’s Secret Sense

The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa

Caitlin O'Connell

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.

  • Publication date: March 1, 2009
  • ISBN: 9781851686438
  • RRP: £9.99
  • Pages: 256

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

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