4th September 2017
Elephants: A Battle for Survival by Lisa Lawley
The elephant's tusks, greatly coveted by humans, are by far longer and more elegant those of the few other animals that also have them. And the elephant's flexible, endlessly useful trunk, a lithe appendage that is nose and lip combined, has no equivalent feature in any other animal. Yet the stately elephant sports on its ample backside a skinny little flywhisk of a tail. Improbable as the elephant's parts are, the whole is a creature of consummate dignity, or of wicked hilarity, depending upon the individual elephant's mood and personality. In addition to its superb equipment for managing the physical environment, the elephant is keenly intelligent and emotionally complex in a way that resembles no other animal so much as man.