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Battle for the Elephants [Hardcover]

Iain Douglas-Hamilton , Oria Douglas-Hamilton
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13 Feb 1992
At the 11th hour, shocked by pictures of rotting carcasses plundered for their ivory, the world has woken up to the plight of the African elephant. But the seeds of the tragedy were sown way back in the 1970s. It was then that the authors came across ominous signs of organized poaching in Kenya where they lived. Alarmed by what they saw they set out to reveal the extent of the slaughter sweeping Africa. This book tells the extraordinary inside story of the author's battle to draw the world's attention to the plight of the elephants and the injustice and destruction that the elephants were the victims of. Iain Douglas-Hamilton is the author of "Among the Elephants", Oria Douglas-Hamilton the author of "The Elephant Family Book".

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (13 Feb 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385401922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385401920
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 819,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars BATTLE FOR THE ELEPHANTS 29 Nov 2013
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This book was first published in 1992, has 353 pages, 5 parts, 34 chapters, 123 photos and 8 maps. IAIN DOUGLAS HAMILTON (70) was born on 16.8.1942. He earned his BSc in Biology and D Phil in Zoology from Oriel College, Oxford. In 1993, he started the 'Save the Elephant' organisation. He married to Oria Rocco in 1971 and has 2 daughters, SABA (seven) and MARA MOON 'Dudu' (insect). He also received his OBE in 1993. ORIA DOUGLAS HAMILTON (80) was born and brought up in Kenya. She studied in Rome and Paris and qualified as textile and fashion designer. She lives on her farm in Naivasha. She also runs the beautiful 'Elephant Watch Camp' and Safaris in Samburu, Kenya.
After studying elephants in MANYARA (Amanya-Are - a meeting place of two), Iain and Oria focused themselves on the poaching and ivory trade for the battle for the elephants. The ivory trade was banned in 1989, but the poaching of elephants and sale of ivory for the Asian market continues. In 1987, after 22 years, Iain returns to Lake Manyara NP, to measure the destruction of elephants by man. Manyara elephants had dropped from 485 to 181. There was corruption and maladministration at the highest levels.
Iain remembers his visit to TSAVO NP in 1969, when there were nearly 40,000 elephants there. Then in Kenya, the poaching increased and the corruption was found in the highest places of Government and Game department. In 1975, all adult elephants were shot in Rhuanda, the young moved to Akagera Park. A count of elephant elephants was started, first in South Africa. The culling of elephants is described in its full horror. Moving in into the Selous Game Reserve, Iain counted 80,000 elephants.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fighting the odds 15 Jun 2010
As an admirer of the great work undertaken by the Douglas-Hamilton family over the past 4 decades, i thoroughly enjoyed this book. It clearly shows how the conflict existed in many ways between the human race and the elephant population.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent seller!!! A+++ 10 Feb 2010
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I had lost this book in a flood and was grateful that you had this book to purhase!! THANK YOU!!
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