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By Lyall Watson

ISBN-10: 0393244911

ISBN-13: 9780393244915

A systematic safari and private memoir celebrating the enigmatic dignity of the world's biggest land animal. As a toddler in South Africa, spending summers exploring the wild along with his boyhood associates, Lyall Watson got here head to head together with his first elephant. This "entertaining and enchanting" paintings (Washington publish e-book World) chronicles how Watson's fascination grew right into a lifelong quest to appreciate the character and behaviour of this striking creature.

From that second on, Watson's fascination grew right into a lifelong obsession with realizing the character and behaviour of this awesome creature. worldwide, the elephant—at as soon as an emblem of religious strength and actual endurance—has been worshipped as a god and sought for sport.

"Watson's insights and speculations are astonishing, yet what lends them energy is his outstanding wisdom of evolutionary biology and animal habit, ethnography and South African history" (Wade Davis, National Geographic Society). "Like a shaman, Watson evokes the spirit of the large beast" (Publishers Weekly), records the animal's wide-ranging features to recollect and to mourn, and reminds us of its wealthy mythic origins, its evolution, and its devastation in fresh background. half meditation on an elusive animal, half evocation of the ability of position, Elephantoms offers an fascinating mixture of the mysteries of nature and the wonders of early life.

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