Elephant Reflections: the book
Elephant Reflections (right) is a recently published book from the University of California Press by Karl Ammann (photographs) and Dale Peterson (text).
Although the book is physically quite large and features more than 100 of Ammann’s photographs, it’s certainly not a coffee table book in the traditional sense and is meant to be read. And that’s what I’m doing now – reading Peterson’s compelling account of the elephant’s natural history and the recent field studies undertaken by intrepid researchers, working mainly in Kenya.
It’s quite amazing that as recently as the late 1970s so little was known about the African elephant that researchers initially believed the condition of heightened sexual activity in male elephants we know as “musth” was a form of sexually-transmitted disease they termed “GPD” or Green Penis Disease.
Once I’ve finished reading Elephant Reflections, I hope to add a comprehensive review, including more about the elephant images which form such a substantial part of the book.
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