Elephants on the Edge

Elephants on the Edge

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Drawing on accounts from India to Africa and California to Tennessee, and on research in neuroscience, psychology, and animal behavior, G. A. Bradshaw explores the minds, emotions, and lives of elephants. Wars, starvation, mass culls, poaching, and habitat loss have reduced elephant numbers from more than ten million to a few hundred thousand, leaving orphans bereft of the elders who would normally mentor them. As a consequence, traumatized elephants have become aggressive against people, other animals, and even one another; their behavior is comparable to that of humans who have experienced genocide, other types of violence, and social collapse. By exploring the elephant mind and experience in the wild and in captivity, Bradshaw bears witness to the breakdown of ancient elephant cultures. All is not lost. People are working to save elephants by rescuing orphaned infants and rehabilitating adult zoo and circus elephants, using the same principles psychologists apply in treating humans who have survived trauma. Bradshaw urges us to support these and other models of elephant recovery and to solve pressing social and environmental crises affecting all animals, human or not.... Are Opening Doors: Developmental Neuroethology, Attachment, and Social Context, a€ Ethology 113 (2007): 426a€“36; ... Lars Bejder, and William B. Sherwin, a€œ Cultural Transmission of Tool Use in Bottle- nose Dolphins, a€ Proceedings of the National ... Victoria A. Braithwaite and Felicity A. Huntingford, a€œFish and Welfare: Do Fish Have the Capacity for Pain Perception ... Brian Ward, and Roger Rosscoe, a€œProblem of Reptile Play: Environmental Enrichment and Play Behavior in a Captiveanbsp;...

Title:Elephants on the Edge
Author: G. A. Bradshaw
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2009-10-06

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