D elephants in general so much I new were very complex smart creatures but by reading it it enlivened my memory and made me feel even closer to this wonderful creature The story of the elephant families carried me through it s up and downs and it touched me when it explained how each elephant reacted during play sleeping socialization arguments domination foraging for food births and deaths How every member of the family reacted to a baby carefully guarding and taking care of it How they buried their loved ones guarded over their bodies and how they sometimes frantically trying to raise them back up to stand There were two most touching moments for me When one of the old matriarchs died towards the end after she had led her family for so many years she had not been with them during her last moments And then another which touched me even when Cynthia described how she collected an old matriarch s lower jaw for scientific purposes and then witnessed a surprising scene The matriarch s family had passed by the camp and they stopped when they smelled the lower jaw They investigated it but one of the calves took the most interest It was the deceased "matriarch s son He fondled the lower jaw observing and touching it with his trunk Cynthia described how she "s son He fondled the lower jaw observing and touching it with his trunk Cynthia described how she the calf L'Attaque des Titans T28 knew it had been his motherIn all this book should be a very interesting touching story that is both truthful and informative I felt like I was in the Land Rover with Cynthia Moss as she described in great detail the behaviors of elephants In her thirteen years observing elephant behavior Cynthia watched the younger and older elephants sparring rolling and bathing in mud She learned that elephants are uite tactile touching and leaning against each other Their greeting ceremonies are elaborate The grumble lift and spread and flap their ears trumpet scream spin urinate and defecate Greetings among elephants last as long as ten minutes These greeting ceremonies prove the bonds among the many family members have for one another When one animal is dying others in the family try to hold the elephant up finally burying the dead elephant with branches and earth leaving her behind only when necessaryDuring the drought periods Cynthia Moss carefully recorded elephant behavior in their relentless pursuit of water and food watching how the once playful elephants became wary and thin many losing their ability to feed their young Half of the baby calves died during Cynthia s watch in 1974 During better times when water and grass was plentiful Cynthia observed the estrous behavior of elephants The larger bulls are what the female elephants tend to wait for tending to run away from the younger males When an older bull has set his smell and eyes on his female and she has smelled his powerful smell with his secretions from afar the male mates with her after she runs and he chases and catches and mounts her protecting her for 2 3 days until he tires of her and goes back to his male family to hang out The other malesnow their place until the bull leaves The aggressive females in the family lead the others to food Their experience show the others how to survive When a female has been had by her male the others in the family surround the female and grunt and trumpet in celebration of new lifeThe elephants are pretty well protected in the Amboseli park The Maasai only spear the elephants to show their strength but otherwise leave them alone showing animals respect There are still hunters and poachers who shoot the elephants for their ivoryHumans are identified by their teeth Elephants can be identified by their ears for their ears are distinct with tears and veins Cynthia describes watching the elephants as a soap opera for every day there are new discoveries in elephant behavior This was an easy book to read and VERY informative I look forward to reading before my daughter and I go on safari the summer of 2015. N and ingeniously structured account Raymond Sokolov Wall Street JournalMoss tells the story in a style so conversational that I felt like a privileged visitor riding beside her in her rickety Land Rover as she showed me around the park Sarah Blaffer Hrdy New York Times Book ReviewA prose poem celebrating a species from which we could learn some moral as well as zoological lessons Chicago Tribune. I loved this book Moss spent 13 years in Amboseli National Park following elephants and observing their interactions their behaviors how they handle everything from birth to death What happens during a drought Rather than a dry scientific paper this is told with the emotion of a novel and you come to love her friends Slit Ear Teresia Tuskless and the whole crew She suffered through the inevitable deaths and gave us a peek at the joyful births At the end you feel you really have a feeling for the lives of these magnificent creatures There is uite a bit about ivory poaching but since the book ends in 1986 with a postscript written in 1999 and much has been doing to try to eradicate poaching that information is not really informative other than historically For anyone "Who Loves Elephants I Highly Recommend This "loves elephants I highly recommend this fun informative book Well I learned a lot about elephants from this book It s written by Cynthia Moss who spent 13 years living alongside several families of wild african elephants I was drawn to it because elephants are very intelligent creatures with complex social lives but are unlike primates in some ways When
read about chimpanzee it never seems like there s much difference between them and us other than the amount of time we spend rationalizing what we do I enjoyed this book a lot it was informative without feeling cold and scientific The author gets the necessary bits of biology in but the focus always remains on the living elephants and their story Even though the protagonists aren t human and in some ways differ from usi d say their malefemale relationships are unlike ours but that depends on who you are their intelligence playfulness and outpouring of emotion is easy to relate to This book was interesting because it s always interesting to learn about the habits and behaviors of another species especially one as grand and magnificent as the African elephant The writing was competent but not overly engaging Many parts of this book read like slightly beefed up field notes than like a story of elephant life I found myself reading it out of a sense of duty I started it so I have to finish it than because I couldn t wait to get back into itStill I now a lot about elephants and about the situation in that particular part of Kenya Amboselli Park than I did before reading this book Not a waste of time just not the best use of my reading time Ever since I can remember elephants have fascinated me Their sheer size their flapping ears the rumbling and trumpeting noises they make the slow and methodical way they walk and their amazingly beautiful tusks combined to furnish my young mind with the wonders of a world an ocean awayAs I grew older and read I began to appreciate elephants for their intelligence the complexity of their lives and families immediate and extended and their ability to endure drought and human
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cruelty I made sad comparisons with my own unhappy family and asked myself why humans I made sad comparisons with my own unhappy family and asked myself why humans themselves to be superior beings I saw no empiric evidence for a universally accepted belief In elephant families I learned of tenderness trunks that reach out and gently caress a nervous infant and a fierce dedication to defend their families in face of overwhelmingly superior force Cynthia Moss Elephant Memories gathers almost two decades worth of studying the elephants of Amboseli into a very readable moving occasionally amusing and not overly wonkish book Elephant Memories is important for breaking decades old assumptions about elephant behavior and helped to facilitate a much informed approach to saving the elephant and finding better ways to support efforts that would see Africans living successfully side by side with these amazing non humansThe book ends on a promising note that would prove to be misguided This is so mostly because Elephant Memories was completed prior to the greedy initiatives to dismantle or cripple the Convent. Cynthia Moss has studied the elephants in Kenya's Amboseli National Park for over twenty seven years Her long term research has revealed much of what we now now about these complex and intelligent animals Here she chronicles the lives of the members of the T families led by matriarchs Teresia Slit Ear Torn Ear Tania and Tuskless With a new afterword catching up on the families and covering current
Cynthia Moss ↠ 8 charactersIon on International Trade in Endangered Species CITES in 1997 which was followed by a massive increase in poaching "And The Ivory Trade Since "the ivory trade Since elephant populations have plummeted across Africa and many populations are no longer feasible in any long term sense Moss does make mention of this event in her afterword but she would
not have been able to predict the scale of catastrophe that was to followV S Pritchett once wroteIf thehave been able to predict the scale of catastrophe that was to followV S Pritchett once wroteIf the vanishedthe loss to human laughter wonder and tenderness would be a calamityMy fear is that day may be coming soon and childhood wonders and adult respect will be lost upon an extinct species My heart breaks and my rage boils over at the thought Cynthia Moss uses her years of observation and data on the Amboseli elephants especially one particular family to describe elephant behavior such a migration mating birth and social interaction There is an incredible amount of information packed into this book including whole lineages of elephant families spanning decades I suppose it could get tedious for some but I think it was beautifully done Cynthia Moss comes across as an almost ideal wildlife researcher she s capable of objective observation and systematic research and she discusses difficult topics like conflicts between humans and elephants the ivory trade and culling in a very rational way that considers all viewpoints and possible solutions She does not romanticize or anthropomorphize elephants But she is also recognizes them as uniue individ For anyone who has ever wondered about the magic and mystery of elephants this book will definitely whet your appetite Cynthia s stories about Echo and the wild elephants she follows in Amboseli in Kenya broke my heart made me scream with joy and above all opened my eyes to these unbelievable creatures in ways I never thought possible Been to Africa three times and once stayed in an elle camp outside of Victoria Falls where I once bathed an elephant which was truly a life highlight What amazed me about the experience was how the elephant was communicating with me through his eyes and trunk LOVE elephants and Moss helped me understand themthey have amazing emotional souls How anyone can ill one is beyond me Cynthia Moss tells us about 13 years living among and studying the elephants in Amboseli National Park in Kenya in the 1970s and 1980s After I finished reading this book I looked her up on the Internet and she s still there still on the job A lot of interesting stuff about elephants and their habits their society and their life cycle The book sometimes seems like it s about to get rather dry but it never uite does I found myself enjoying the book and as I get deeper into it Not only was it interesting to learn about the elephants but also about what s involved in researching animals in the wild And if such things interest you the opening of the fourth chapter the one on mating was the most pornographic thing I ve ever read about elephants This was the eleventh of nineteen consecutive books that I plan to read about Africa Elephant Memories by Cynthia Moss is a very enjoyable read It started of extremely well describing the life of these elephants explaining how they ate slept exercised played nurtured their young and how dominance and socialization played out in their groups Although a good amount of the book was describing the lives of these elephants day by day a large sum of the book described the lives of elephants in general like a scientific report In several of the parts it seemed it was getting a little dry but as soon as I noticed it the topic was uickly changed
Thus the book was able to hold my attention for its entirety I did observe that some couldthe book was able to hold my attention for its entirety I did observe that some could of it as dry and perhaps not enjoy it as much as they thought they could perhaps looking for just a non fiction story of sorts I enjoyed both parts as the discoveries an scientific passages she wrote helped me understan. Onservation issues Moss's story will continue to fascinate animal loversOne is soon swept away by this 'Babar' for adults By the end one even begins to feel an aversion for people One wants to curse human civilization and cry out 'Now God stand up for the elephants' Christopher Lehmann Haupt New York TimesMoss speaks to the general reader with charm as well as scientific authority An elegantly writte. .