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The Elephant's Secret Sense: The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa

by Caitlin O'Connell

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An excellent natural history narrative, based on sound research. A compelling tale of elephants in today's Africa and an insight into the plight of diminishing herds. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Oct 3, 2017 |
Covering author’s over 15-year study of elephants in Namibia, including the discovery that they communicate seismically. Some brief language, a report of necrophilia/murder, and plenty of elephant mating and defecating.
  chosler | Jan 20, 2009 |
I thought this was a different book - about the emotions of elephants. It was only about how they sense vibration through their feet, and about how the author's research discovered this. Not a very startling finding; not a terribly interesting book. ( )
  bobbieharv | Jun 28, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743284410, Hardcover)

In "The Elephant's Secret Sense", the internationally renowned field scientist Caitlin O'Connell tells the fascinating story of her unexpected discovery of a previously unknown mode of elephant communication. One day, while observing elephants at a waterhole in Namibia, O'Connell saw the matriarch suddenly turn, flatten her ears, and lift a leg off the ground. Several other females then turned to face the same direction, and soon another elephant appeared. Could elephants feel vibrations through the ground, literally 'listening' with their feet? Like Gorillas in the "Mist and Born Free", "The Elephant's Secret Sense" is a fascinating memoir of the relationship between O'Connell and the animals she has studied for fourteen years.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, and Discover.

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"While observing a family group of elephants in the wild, Caitlin O'Connell, a young field scientist, noticed a peculiar listening behavior. A matriarch she had been watching for months turned her massive head and lifted her foot off the ground. As she scanned the horizon, the other elephants followed suit, all facing the same direction. O'Connell soon made a groundbreaking discovery: the elephants were "listening through limbs," feeling the ripples of the earth's surface for approaching friends and enemies. Through their feet, toenails, trunks, and other, subtler modes of communication, these enormous animals were communicating to one another, demonstrating the vital importance of social relationships in their lives.""An unforgettable journey of scientific discovery, The Elephant's Secret Sense takes you deep into the wilds of Namibia, from the tops of isolated, desert observation towers to the jaws and claws of ravenous lions to aerial expeditions and dusty highways, where the naturalists do their difficult work in a troubled land threatened by expanding human populations and unstable politics. Resonant with the powerful calls of the mysterious elephant, this is a story about the resilience of nature and the inspiring, astonishing, and often heartbreaking places where humans and wild animals come together."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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