The Massacre of the African Elephant
By (author) Robin Brown
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Blood Ivory by Robin Brown
Book DescriptionIt is more than a thousand years since the exploitation of the elephant began. Alexander the Great used them, Hannibal took them over the Alps, and Kublai Khan encountered them in India. However, it is only the last hundred years that the existence of the African elephant has been threatened. Once the 'Great White Hunters' with their special elephant guns arrived, elephants in the south of the continent were decimated."Blood Ivory" tells the story of how the professional hunting fraternity were the first to realise the threat to the elephant and how they kick-started the whole conservation movement. It is not a story with happy ending as the history of the conservation movement is essentially a tale of war - colonialists at war with traditional customs; newly-independent African countries at war with one another; poachers and smugglers at war with any kind of constraint; and international bodies fighting for the suppression of damaging information. Robin Brown paints a vivid picture of the impact of hunting on Africa's elephant population and the powerful personalities of those involved on both sides of the massacre - from Cecil Rhodes to Dennis Fitch-Hatton and Edward, Prince of Wales to David Sheldrick.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750941570
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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William Wallace, Paperback (August 2007)
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Marco Polo, Paperback (February 2007)
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Ilkley at War, Paperback (November 2006)» View all books by Robin Brown
In the nineteenth century, Ilkley prospered as an inland spa resort. During the war years the grand hydros and hotels were adapted for war-time uses; hostels for evacuees and bases for government offices and the military. This book describes how Ilkley, Burley and Menston adapted to all the changing circumstances of a community at war.
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Author Biography - Robin Brown
Robin Brown is a film-maker whose credits include the Nature Watch series with Julian Pettifer and the EMMY-winning In the Company of Whales. His books include two volumes of autobiography and The Lost City of Solomon and Sheba: An African Mystery, Nature Watch, Nature Watching and Nature Watchers.
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