By G. A. Bradshaw
Drawing on bills from India to Africa and California to Tennessee, and on examine in neuroscience, psychology, and animal habit, G. A. Bradshaw explores the minds, feelings, and lives of elephants. Wars, hunger, mass culls, poaching, and habitat loss have diminished elephant numbers from greater than ten million to some hundred thousand, leaving orphans bereft of the elders who would typically mentor them. as a result, traumatized elephants became competitive opposed to humans, different animals, or even each other; their habit is similar to that of people who've skilled genocide, different varieties of violence, and social cave in. by way of exploring the elephant brain and event within the wild and in captivity, Bradshaw bears witness to the breakdown of historic elephant cultures.
All isn't misplaced. individuals are operating to save lots of elephants by means of rescuing orphaned babies and rehabilitating grownup zoo and circus elephants, utilizing an identical ideas psychologists observe in treating people who've survived trauma. Bradshaw urges us to aid those and different types of elephant restoration and to unravel urgent social and environmental crises affecting all animals, human or not.
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