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Book Title: The Elephant's Secret Sense: The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa. Caitlin O'Connell|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 39.65 MB
v The author of the book: Caitlin O'Connell
Edition: ONEWorld Publications
Date of issue: March 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9781851686438
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Read full description of the books The Elephant's Secret Sense: The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa. Caitlin O'Connell:This book was not all I hoped for. Although the description of the author's life and how she studies the animals is quite interesting, the manner in which she told the story lost me. I thought in the beginning it was going to be a clear goal - discovering new information about the communication of the animals that would contribute to keeping them out of farmers' fields so that the animals weren't poached and the people didn't starve. Somewhere in the middle of the book, though, that purpose got lost. I found myself not really knowing what the purpose or goal of the second half of the book was. Still, information such as this made it worthwhile: baby elephants don't have a lot of control over their trunk at first (it has over 1,000 muscles) and thus the author often referred to it as a "wet noodle" and told stories of great humor and frustration about baby elephant calves becoming frustrated and the scenes that followed while trying to drink at the watering hole.
Read information about the authorDr. Caitlin O'Connell is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and a world renowned expert on elephants and vibrotactile sensitivity. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed nonfiction science memoir, The Elephant's Secret Sense (2007, Free Press), which highlights a novel form of elephant communication as well as their conservation plight. Her narrative nonfiction photo book An Elephant's Life (2011, Lyons Press) uses a graphic novel approach to revealing subtle and intimate aspects of elephant society. Her co-authored nonfiction children's book, The Elephant Scientist (2011, Houghton Mifflin Children's Books) won five awards, including the Robert F. Sibert Honor and Horn Book Honor for 2012. A Baby Elephant In The Wild (2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers) was a Junior Library Guild Select and winner of the 2015 NSTA award for Outstanding Science Trade Book for students K-12. Her second science memoir, Elephant Don: The Politics Of A Pachyderm Posse (University of Chicago Press) came out in 2015. Her debut novel, Ivory Ghosts, also came out in 2015 with Alibi, an ebook imprint of Random House. She is currently working on the graphic novel and the sequel to Ivory Ghosts, White Gold, comes out in February, 2017. Bridge to the Wild was published in August, 2016 with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. O'Connell is the co-founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization, Utopia Scientific (www.utopiascientific.org), dedicated to research and science education. She is also co-director of Triple Helix Productions, with a mandate to develop more accurate and entertaining science content for the media. She has taught Science Writing for Stanford University and The New York Times Knowledge Network.
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