Literature - Books

The following list of elephant books is far from beeing complete, but contains five very important "standards" of Asian Elephant literature - all of them worth reading.

 

Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of Elephants | Murray E. Fowler (Editor), Susan K. Mikota (Editor) | Wiley-Blackwell (2006)

Elephants are possibly the most well-known members of the animal kingdom. The enormous size, unusual anatomy, and longevity of elephants have fascinated humans for millennia. "Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of Elephants" serves as a comprehensive text on elephant medicine and surgery. Based on the expertise of 36 scientists and clinical veterinarians, this volume covers biology, husbandry, veterinary medicine and surgery of the elephant as known today. Written by the foremost experts in the field, it comprehensively covers both Asian and African elephants. It is complete with taxonomy, behavioral, geographical and systemic information. It is well-illustrated and organized for easy reference.

 

 

 

 

The Living Elephants: Evolutionary Ecology, Behaviour, and Conservation | Raman Sukumar | Oxford University Press (2003)

This book pulls together the available information on both Indian and African elephants, synthesizing the biology, ecology, behavior, evolution, and conservation of elephants and covering the history of human interactions with elephants. There is no other broad treatment of the subject.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Asian Elephant: Ecology and Management | Raman Sukumar | Cambridge University Press (1993)

The Asian elephant has had a unique cultural association with people. Unfortunately, elephants and people have also been in conflict, resulting in the decline in elephants throughout their former range in Southern Asia. This book provides an ecological analysis of elephant human interaction and its implications for the conservation of elephants. The foraging habits of elephants and their impact on vegetation are considered, along with the interactions that occur between elephants and humans. The ecological data provide the basis for recommendations on elephant conservation and management, keeping in view the socio-economic imperatives of the Asian region. This first comprehensive account of Asian elephant ecology will be of particular interest to conservation biologists and mammalogists.

 

 

 

 

Elephant Days and Nights: Ten Years with the Indian Elephant | Raman Sukumar | Oxford University Press (1996)

Raman Sukumar is a leading naturalist and a key member of "Project Elephant," a plan set up by the Indian government to protect the elephant along the lines of "Project Tiger." This book is a highly readable account of his experiences during ten years of research on the Indian elephant. Anecdotal, but at the same time thoroughly sound in terms of its scholarship, the book looks at the relationship of the Indian elephant to the people with which it shares the land, and the elephants' effects on the environment and the ecology of southern India. It also gives a full account of elephant behavior and the effects of environmental degradation and ivory poaching. This highly readable account will prove fascinating reading for everyone interested in the dramatic story of the Indian elephant and the fight to protect its endangered habitats.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sri Lankan Elephant - Its Evolution, Ecology and Conservation  | Mangala de Silva and Padma K de Silva | Wildlife Heritage Trust Publications (2007)

Presents a synthesis of scientific information on the Asian elephant, analyses the threats faced by its Sri Lankan population and proposes conservation options. The Sri Lankan Elephant is essential reading for everyone interested in biodiversity conservation in the island, and especially the fate of its fast-disappearing elephants.

 

 

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