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Elephant Don The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse Meet Greg He s a stocky guy with an outsized swagger He s been the intimidating yet sociable don of his posse of friends including Abe Keith Mike Kevin Torn Trunk and Willie But one arid summer t

  • Title: Elephant Don: The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse
  • Author: Caitlin O'Connell
  • ISBN: 9780226106113
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Elephant Don: The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse By Caitlin O'Connell, Meet Greg He s a stocky guy with an outsized swagger He s been the intimidating yet sociable don of his posse of friends including Abe, Keith, Mike, Kevin, Torn Trunk, and Willie But one arid summer the tide begins to shift and the third ranking Kevin starts to get ambitious, seeking a higher position within this social club But this is no ordinary tale of gangland betMeet Greg He s a stocky guy with an outsized swagger He s been the intimidating yet sociable don of his posse of friends including Abe, Keith, Mike, Kevin, Torn Trunk, and Willie But one arid summer the tide begins to shift and the third ranking Kevin starts to get ambitious, seeking a higher position within this social club But this is no ordinary tale of gangland betrayal Greg and his entourage are bull elephants in Etosha National Park, Namibia, where, for the last twenty three years, Caitlin O Connell has been a keen observer of their complicated friendships In Elephant Don, O Connell, one of the leading experts on elephant communication and social behavior, offers a rare inside look at the social world of African male elephants Elephant Don tracks Greg and his group of bulls as O Connell tries to understand the vicissitudes of male friendship, power struggles, and play A frequently heart wrenching portrayal of commitment, loyalty, and affection between individuals yearning for companionship, it vividly captures an incredible repertoire of elephant behavior and communication Greg, O Connell shows, is sometimes a tyrant and other times a benevolent dictator as he attempts to hold onto his position at the top Though Elephant Don is Greg s story, it is also the story of O Connell and the challenges and triumphs of field research in environs hospitable to lions and snakes than scientists Readers will be drawn into dramatic tales of an elephant society at once exotic and surprisingly familiar, as O Connell s decades of close research reveal extraordinary discoveries about a male society not wholly unlike our own Surely we ve all known a Greg or two, and through this book we may come to know them in a whole new light.

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    1. Proof that an incredibly fascinating subject can be made dull with flat writing I wanted this to be so much especially with a tagline like Politics of a Pachyderm Posse

    2. This is so close to perfect that I could not fail to give it 5 stars The section on the cognitive studies of other species as they related to elephants was probably a 4 star or 4.5 but that did not deter my enjoyment That small section might not entrance readers who find reading scientific description of trial premise, method and result, NOT as enjoyable as I do.But in the field work Detail by detail description is at least 80% of the book, and that is stellar survey Stellar too as the orange gl [...]

    3. Fascinating observations of elephant Society.A wonderful, insightful look at elephant society Maybe elephant don, Greg, was the Winston Churchill of the Estonia Park, Mushara watering hole boys club The kind of brilliant leader that comes around once a century.

    4. Brilliant book I got quite attached to one of the characters, so need to find out about these elephants I want to go to Africa and see them for myself now Probably only a good read if you really like elephants as there s quite a lot of science and specialised elephant knowledge Loved it Off to find of Caitlin s books.

    5. While I enjoyed this book I couldn t shake the feeling that each chapter joined in on a conversation already in progress It s clear that the author has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of elephant behaviour and social groups, of which I became very intrigued by, however it was her writing style that I think made me enjoy this book less then I hoped Each chapter were taken from her field notes I presume and seemed choppy and disjointed I would have loved an introduction at the beginning of [...]

    6. I am happy to report that this is the book I was hoping it would be O Connell keeps the focus of the book off the researchers and on the wildlife especially the incredible African elephant herd they re observing.Reading a book like this, in which the personalities, intelligence, and motivations of these complex animals are on full display, it boggles the mind that so many people still believe all nonhuman beings are mindless automata.

    7. This is scholarly information in a format readable for the layperson, but not necessarily for the reader with a casual interest in elephants I realize I m really not the target audience for this but I still found it interesting For me, reading about field work can feel repetitive even if the researcher is able to prove theories through that repetitiveness

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