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Earth to Sky: Among Africa's Elephants, A Species in Crisis [Hardcover]

Michael Nichols
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2 Sep 2013
Elephants are among the earths most sentient beings. They remember, they experience grief and joy, fear and love. Indeed, as our knowledge of these extraordinary creatures increases, the more they transcend all preconceptions of animal behavior. Michael Nick Nichols, longtime photographer for National Geographic as well as the magazines editor-at-large for photography, has been working with African elephants for more than twenty years. In Earth to Sky he tells their story through poignant images that bring us directly into their habitatslush forests and open savannas, or stark landscapes ravaged by human interventionto observe the animals daily engagements and activities. Nicholss photographs are accompanied here by the words of such celebrated figures in the field of conservation as Iain Douglas-Hamilton, J. Michael Fay, Peter Matthiessen, Cynthia Moss, David Quammen, and many others. In addition, Nichols engages us in his photographic journey with personal and informative introductions to each of the books four chaptersexploring life in the wild, the ivory trade, family interactions, and programs for orphaned elephants. The survival of elephants is under dire threat from humankind, most immediately from the market for ivory. More than twenty-five thousand elephants are slaughtered each year, and their ivory is sold at astronomically high prices to countries such as China, Japan, the Philippines, and Singapore. African elephant refuges are under siege; many park rangers have been murdered in the fray. The misuse of elephants ivory as a commodity has to stopbut, as Nichols makes clear, the issue must be addressed with a full and empathetic understanding of the poverty and corruption that persist in the countries where elephants roam. In Earth to Sky Nichols demonstrates that the world needs elephants, and insists that we do all we can to protect their spaces and their lives. Sadly, most signs point to a tragic conclusion for these wise and emotionally complex creatures. This book is an urgent call for us to bring that process to a halt, while we still can.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (2 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597112437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597112437
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 30.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Earth to Sky 12 Jan 2014
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This is a touching and beautiful book that gives one enormous pleasure as well as knowledge on the subject. A fantastic buy and very much recommended by me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book! 20 Oct 2013
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I have ordered this as a gift and it is a beautiful beautiful book! The pictures have amazing quality and content. I found it very emotional and touching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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Beautiful!
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!! 13 Mar 2014
By SusanB - Published on Amazon.com
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Informative, educational, and the photography is breathtaking! I would highly recommend this book to people of all ages who love our majestic elephant kin.
5.0 out of 5 stars A STUNNING PORTRAIT OF THE PLIGHT OF ANOTHER INTELLIGENT SPECIES: THE MAGNIFICENT AFRICAN ELEPHANT 25 Nov 2013
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This an intimate look into the life and death of another intelligent species on this planet, the elephant, as well as both the effort to destroy them and the effort to save them. There are magnificent photographs, and poignant essays. Not to be missed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!! It definitely captures the African Elephant and the situation at hand with poaching. Great Photos!! 30 Oct 2013
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It's sad to say that pictures may be all we have of this magnificent animal. I can't even go into how awful the situation of poaching is in Africa....my heart aches for these wonderful and majestic creatures. Awesome photos! Recommend this for everyone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 29 Oct 2013
By Greg Allgrim - Published on Amazon.com
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The authors pictures are amazing - both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It's made us much more passionate about trying to help save these beautiful creatures.
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