Elephant Sense and Sensibility Book

Elephant Sense and Sensibility


  • Author : Michael Garstang
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release Date : 2015-02-01
  • Genre: NATURE
  • Pages : 152
  • ISBN 10 : 0128022175

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Elephant Sense and Sensibility Excerpt :

Elephant Sense and Sensibility is a comprehensive treatment of the full range of elephant behavior. Beginning with chapters on evolution and the elephant's brain, this book is an integrated presentation of the elephant's capacity for memory, morality, emotion, empathy, altruism, language, intelligence, learning and teaching. Grounded primarily in scientific research, the book also draws upon anecdotal and visual evidence showing elephants thinking, acting, feeling and behaving in ways that we, as humans, recognize. This complete treatment of elephant behavior supported by the extensive literature, along with anecdotal and photographic material, provides an overview not available in any other text. Covers a variety of aspects that relate to behavior, ranging from brain function and sensory input to communication, learning, and intelligence Features a comprehensive treatment of elephant behavior supported by the extensive literature, anecdotal information, and striking photographic material, providing an overview not available in any other text Features an interdisciplinary approach to behavior, with vital information included and integrated from several key disciplines

Elephant Sense and Sensibility Book

Elephant Sense and Sensibility


  • Author : Michael Garstang
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release Date : 2015-02-12
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 152
  • ISBN 10 : 9780128024874

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Elephant Sense and Sensibility Excerpt :

Elephant Sense and Sensibility is a comprehensive treatment of the full range of elephant behavior. Beginning with chapters on evolution and the elephant’s brain, this book is an integrated presentation of the elephant’s capacity for memory, morality, emotion, empathy, altruism, language, intelligence, learning and teaching. Grounded primarily in scientific research, the book also draws upon anecdotal and visual evidence showing elephants thinking, acting, feeling and behaving in ways that we, as humans, recognize. This complete treatment of elephant behavior supported by the extensive literature, along with anecdotal and photographic material, provides an overview not available in any other text. Covers a variety of aspects that relate to behavior, ranging from brain function and sensory input to communication, learning, and intelligence Features a comprehensive treatment of elephant behavior supported by the extensive literature, anecdotal information, and striking photographic material, providing an overview not available in any other text Features an interdisciplinary approach to behavior, with vital information included and integrated from several key disciplines

Elephants Book

Elephants


  • Author : Ellen Greene Stewart
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2022-03-04
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476645933

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Elephants Excerpt :

Elephants are a keystone species and have been a part of the magic of the thickly forested land of South Africa for millennia. This book focuses on the history and work of Knysna Elephant Park, a leading South African elephant research facility that has been home to more than 40 elephants in 25 years. Unfortunately, all the mystique of the Knysna elephant has been reduced to a single elephant left alive. Exploring a wide range of topics, this book covers the impact of elephants' interactions with tourists, how they recover from trauma and even their relevance in human healthcare. Renowned elephant researchers explain the majesty of the elephant brain, which has the largest temporal lobe devoted to communication, language, spatial memory and cognition. To this effect, the book emphasizes the threat of poaching to these gentle giants, which has almost forced them to extinction. Perhaps if humans pay attention to how elephants symbolize our relationship with nature, we can learn important lessons about humanity itself.

Nic Bishop Elephants Book

Nic Bishop Elephants


  • Author : Nic Bishop
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2022-11-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 52
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545605861

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Nic Bishop Elephants Excerpt :

Sibert Medalist and naturalist Nic Bishop explores the world’s largest land animal -- the ELEPHANT! Few animals are more impressive than elephants. They are by far the biggest of all land animals. And yet, elephants are more than mighty. They are sensitive and intelligent creatures who live in large, caring family societies run by females. They have extraordinary senses and communicate in complex ways that scientists are only now starting to understand. Elephants play an essential role in the delicate African and Asian ecosystems. Today, elephant populations in both Africa and Asia are being threatened. Join award-winning author, photographer, and naturalist Nic Bishop as he gives readers an in-depth look at one of the world's smartest and most fascinating animals.

National Park Science Book

National Park Science


  • Author : Jane Carruthers
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-08-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 563
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107191440

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National Park Science Excerpt :

This book explains the changing philosophies and permutations in research and management of South Africa's national parks during the twentieth century.

The Creative Lives of Animals Book

The Creative Lives of Animals


  • Author : Carol Gigliotti
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2022-11-22
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781479815449

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The Creative Lives of Animals Excerpt :

"The Creative Lives of Animals offers readers intimate glimpses of how animals from elephants to alligators to ants apply the creative process in their lives, requiring a redefinition of creativity that includes animals as essential contributors to biodiversity"--

From the Elephant s Back Book

From the Elephant s Back


  • Author : Lawrence Durrell
  • Publisher : University of Alberta
  • Release Date : 2015-08-16
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 440
  • ISBN 10 : 9781772120615

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“...the proverb says that whoever sees the world from the back of an elephant learns the secrets of the jungle and becomes a seer. I had to be content to become a poet.” —Lawrence Durrell Best known for his novels and travel writing, Lawrence Durrell defied easy classification within twentieth-century Modernism. His anti-authoritarian tendencies put him at odds with many contemporaries—aesthetically and politically. However, thanks to a compelling recontextualization by editor James Gifford, these thirty-eight previously unpublished and out-of-print essays and letters reveal that Durrell’s maturation as an artist was rich, complex, and subtle. Durrell fans will treasure this selection of rare nonfiction, while scholars of Durrell, Modernist literature, anti-authoritarian artists, and the Personalist movement will also appreciate Gifford’s fine editorial work. “Gifford’s scholarly command of the archives shows—especially his working intimacy with the unpublished archived words of Durrell’s editors, publishers, and collaborators. I have no doubt that this collection will serve as a starting point for any number of new critical ventures into the life and writing of Lawrence Durrell.” —Charles Sligh, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Affect  Animals  and Autists Book

Affect Animals and Autists


  • Author : Marla Carlson
  • Publisher : University of Michigan Press
  • Release Date : 2018-05-21
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 275
  • ISBN 10 : 9780472053827

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Affect Animals and Autists Excerpt :

Explores the emotional responses of audiences to neurodiverse characters and non-human animals on stage to question the boundaries of the human

Natural Curiosity Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Natural Curiosity


  • Author : Lisa Carne
  • Publisher : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Release Date : 2016-06-21
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781784502881

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Natural Curiosity Excerpt :

Natural Curiosity is a warm and contemplative insight into one family's experience of moving from mainstream schooling to home education, and learning through the lens of nature and natural history. Since becoming 'unschooled', the two children have thrived on a diet of self-directed play and learning, amassing life skills, confidence, responsibility, and a vast array of knowledge along the way. This thoughtful book touches upon important themes in education and environmentalism, such as children's rights in schooling, the use and place of technology in learning, and the absence of the natural world in mainstream education. It gives a considered, balanced view of home schooling, interspersed with entertaining tales including constructing life-sized mammoth skeletons and living for a day as historically accurate Vikings. It offers an understanding of how this type of education works and what inspires the choice to pursue it.

Sharon  Lois and Bram s Skinnamarink Book
Score: 4.5
From 8 Ratings

Sharon Lois and Bram s Skinnamarink


  • Author : Sharon Hampson
  • Publisher : Tundra Books
  • Release Date : 2019-09-03
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 42
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735264069

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Sharon Lois and Bram s Skinnamarink Excerpt :

National bestseller — Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children's entertainers, this board book is best sung aloud! "Skinnamarink" is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion. What does "skinnamarink" mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, community and, ultimately, love. This song has been sung in weddings and in classrooms. It can be fun and silly — especially with the accompanying actions! And it has a way of bringing people together. Through Qin Leng's wonderfully imaginative illustrations, this delightful board book tells the story of a community coming together. Young and old, from little mice to a big elephant, people and animals gather into a spontaneous parade as they follow the sound of music. Sharon, Lois and Bram formed as a trio of children's entertainers in Toronto in 1978 and went on to create two top-rated children's television shows, most notably The Elephant Show, and to release 21 full-length albums (many of which reached gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum). In 2018, Sharon and Bram celebrated their 40th anniversary and they continue to entertain children and share their message of love.

Searching for Jane Austen Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

Searching for Jane Austen


  • Author : Emily Auerbach
  • Publisher : Univ of Wisconsin Press
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 364
  • ISBN 10 : 0299201848

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Searching for Jane Austen Excerpt :

Searching for Jane Austen demolishes with wit and vivacity the often-held view of "Jane," a decorous maiden aunt writing her small drawing-room stories of teas and balls. Emily Auerbach presents a different Jane Austen—a brilliant writer who, despite the obstacles facing women of her time, worked seriously on improving her craft and became one of the world's greatest novelists, a master of wit, irony, and character development. In this beautifully illustrated and lively work, Auerbach surveys two centuries of editing, censoring, and distorting Austen's life and writings. Auerbach samples Austen's flamboyant, risqué adolescent works featuring heroines who get drunk, lie, steal, raise armies, and throw rivals out of windows. She demonstrates that Austen constantly tested and improved her skills by setting herself a new challenge in each of her six novels. In addition, Auerbach considers Austen's final irreverent writings, discusses her tragic death at the age of forty-one, and ferrets out ridiculous modern adaptations and illustrations, including ads, cartoons, book jackets, newspaper articles, plays, and films from our own time. An appendix reprints a ground-breaking article that introduced Mark Twain's "Jane Austen," an unfinished and unforgettable essay in which Twain and Austen enter into mortal combat.

The Elephant in the Room Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

The Elephant in the Room


  • Author : Tommy Tomlinson
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster
  • Release Date : 2020-01-14
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501111624

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The Elephant in the Room Excerpt :

ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019 A “warm and funny and honest…genuinely unputdownable” (Curtis Sittenfeld) memoir chronicling what it’s like to live in today’s world as a fat man, from acclaimed journalist Tommy Tomlinson, who, as he neared the age of fifty, weighed 460 pounds and decided he had to change his life. When he was almost fifty years old, Tommy Tomlinson weighed an astonishing—and dangerous—460 pounds, at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, unable to climb a flight of stairs without having to catch his breath, or travel on an airplane without buying two seats. Raised in a family that loved food, he had been aware of the problem for years, seeing doctors and trying diets from the time he was a preteen. But nothing worked, and every time he tried to make a change, it didn’t go the way he planned—in fact, he wasn’t sure that he really wanted to change. In The Elephant in the Room, Tomlinson chronicles his lifelong battle with weight in a voice that combines the urgency of Roxane Gay’s Hunger with the intimacy of Rick Bragg’s All Over but the Shoutin’. He also hits the road to meet other members of the plus-sized tribe in an attempt to understand how, as a nation, we got to this point. From buying a Fitbit and setting exercise goals to contemplating the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, America’s “capital of food porn,” and modifying his own diet, Tomlinson brings us along on a candid and sometimes brutal look at the everyday experience of being constantly aware of your size. Over the course of the book, he confronts these issues head-on and chronicles the practical steps he has to take to lose weight by the end. “What could have been a wallow in memoir self-pity is raised to art by Tomlinson’s wit and prose” (Rolling Stone). Affecting and searingly honest, The Elephant in the Room is an “inspirational” (The New York Times) memoir that will resonate with anyone who has grappled with addiction, shame, or sel

From the Elephant s Back Book

From the Elephant s Back


  • Author : Lawrence Durrell
  • Publisher : University of Alberta
  • Release Date : 2015-03-06
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 441
  • ISBN 10 : 9781772120516

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From the Elephant s Back Excerpt :

"This collection has a straightforward ambition: to redirect the interpretive perspective that readers bring to Lawrence Durrell's literary works by returning their attention to his short prose." – From the Introduction Best known for his novels and travel writing, Lawrence Durrell defied easy classification within twentieth-century modernism. His anti-authoritarian tendencies put him at odds with many contemporaries—aesthetically and politically. However, thanks to a compelling recontextualization by editor James Gifford, these 38 previously unpublished or out-of-print essays and letters reveal that Durrell's maturation as an artist was rich, complex, and subtle. This edition promises to open up new approaches to interpreting his more famous works. Durrell fans will treasure this selection of rare nonfiction, while scholars of Durrell, Modernist literature, anti-authoritarian artists, and the Personalist movement will also appreciate Gifford's fine editorial work.

Beyond Words Book
Score: 4.5
From 13 Ratings

Beyond Words


  • Author : Carl Safina
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release Date : 2015-07-14
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9780805098891

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Beyond Words Excerpt :

I wanted to know what they were experiencing, and why to us they feel so compelling, and so-close. This time I allowed myself to ask them the question that for a scientist was forbidden fruit: Who are you? Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. In Beyond Words, readers travel to Amboseli National Park in the threatened landscape of Kenya and witness struggling elephant families work out how to survive poaching and drought, then to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack's personal tragedy, and finally plunge into the astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the crystalline waters of the Pacific Northwest. Beyond Words brings forth powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger, and love. The similarity between human and nonhuman consciousness, self-awareness, and empathy calls us to re-evaluate how we interact with animals. Wise, passionate, and eye-opening at every turn, Beyond Words is ultimately a graceful examination of humanity's place in the world.

Demographic Methods across the Tree of Life Book

Demographic Methods across the Tree of Life


  • Author : Roberto Salguero-Gomez
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-08-31
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780192575494

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Demographic Methods across the Tree of Life Excerpt :

Demography is everywhere in our lives: from birth to death. Indeed, the universal currencies of survival, development, reproduction, and recruitment shape the performance of all species, from microbes to humans. The number of techniques for demographic data acquisition and analyses across the entire tree of life (microbes, fungi, plants, and animals) has drastically increased in recent decades. These developments have been partially facilitated by the advent of technologies such as GIS and drones, as well as analytical methods including Bayesian statistics and high-throughput molecular analyses. However, despite the universality of demography and the significant research potential that could emerge from unifying: (i) questions across taxa, (ii) data collection protocols, and (iii) analytical tools, demographic methods to date have remained taxonomically siloed and methodologically disintegrated. This is the first book to attempt a truly unified approach to demography and population ecology in order to address a wide range of questions in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology across the entire spectrum of life. This novel book provides the reader with the fundamentals of data collection, model construction, analyses, and interpretation across a wide repertoire of demographic techniques and protocols. It introduces the novice demographer to a broad range of demographic methods, including abundance-based models, life tables, matrix population models, integral projection models, integrated population models, individual based models, and more. Through the careful integration of data collection methods, analytical approaches, and applications, clearly guided throughout with fully reproducible R scripts, the book provides an up-to-date and authoritative overview of the most popular and effective demographic tools. Demographic Methods across the Tree of Life is aimed at graduate students and professional researchers in the fields of demography, ecology, animal behavi