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While observing a family of elephants in the wild, Caitlin O'Connell noticed a peculiar listening behavior in which the matriarch lifted her foot and scanned the horizon, causing the other elephants to follow suit, as if they could 'hear' the ground. "The Elephant's Secret Sense" is O'Connell's account of her path-breaking research into seismic listening and communication, chronicling the extraordinary social lives of elephants over the course of fourteen years in the Namibian wilderness.This odyssey of scientific discovery is also a frank account of fieldwork in a poverty-stricken, war-ravaged country. In her attempts to study an elephant community, O'Connell encounters corrupt bureaucrats, deadly lions and rhinos, poachers, farmers fighting for arable land, and profoundly ineffective approaches to wildlife conservation. "The Elephant's Secret Sense" is ultimately a story of intellectual courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226616742
ISBN-10: 0226616746
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 165mm x 14mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 17-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Caitlin O'Connell

Caitlin O'Connell is assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery at Stanford University. Her discoveries have been published in various periodicals, including Science, Science News, Natural History, National Geographic, the Economist, and Discover.

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