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The Elephant's Secret Sense: The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa Hardcover – 20 Mar 2007


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (20 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743284410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743284417
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,744,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Caitlin O'Connell is a Consulting Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and a world renowned expert on elephants and vibrotactile sensitivity. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed nonfiction science memoir, The Elephant's Secret Sense (2007, Free Press), which highlights a novel form of elephant communication as well as their conservation plight. Her narrative nonfiction photo book An Elephant's Life (2011, Lyons Press) uses a graphic novel approach to revealing subtle and intimate aspects of elephant society. Her co-authored nonfiction children's book, The Elephant Scientist (2011, Houghton Mifflin Children's Books) won five awards, including the Robert F. Sibert Honor and Horn Book Honor for 2012. A Baby Elephant In The Wild (2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers) is a Junior Library Guild Select and winner of the 2015 NSTA award for Outstanding Science Trade Book for students K-12. Elephant Don: The Politics Of A Pachyderm Posse (University of Chicago Press) comes out May, 2015. Her debut novel, Ivory Ghosts, comes out with Random House, April 7, 2015. O'Connell is the co-founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization, Utopia Scientific (www.utopiascientific.org), dedicated to research and science education. She is also co-director of Triple Helix Productions, with a mandate to develop more accurate science content for the media. She has taught Science Writing for Stanford University and The New York Times Knowledge Network.

Visit her author website at www.caitlineoconnell.com.
Also visit her elephant blog: http://elephantskinny.tumblr.com/
And be sure to watch an award-winning documentary about her research on the Smithsonian Channel: http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/sc/web/show/3373743/elephant-king

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"With admirable modesty, but gripping clarity, Caitlin describes the trials and dangers of her studies in the wild."

"Her story brims with passion for Africa - there are echoes of Jane Goodall with chimpanzees and Dian Fossey with gorillas - and make this book required reading for anyone even thinking of going on safari." -- The Daily Mail

"A tightly-woven story of human warmth, strange cultures, fabulous wildlife, and scientific discovery. Only the best science and nature writing draws you into a whole different world, and this remarkable book does it right from page one with grace, humility, and all the exotic splendor of Africa." -- Carl Safina - Author of Song for the Blue Ocean and Voyage of the Turtle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A tightly-woven story of human warmth, strange cultures, fabulous wildlife, and scientific discovery." (Carl Safina - Author of Song for the Blue Ocean and Voyage of the Turtle) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Frist on 2 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Elephant's Secret Sense is an amazing adventure about a part of Africa I didn't think still existed, where elephants roam wild in their thousands and people are eaten by crocodiles while they wash their clothes on the river banks!

This book covers Caitlin O'Connell's thirteen year journey with the elephants and people of Namibia; a journey that started out of graduate school and continues today at Stanford University where she is now a researcher. It's an intimate look into how elephants and humans are struggling to live side by side and how experiments to keep elephants out of crops led Caitlin to figure out that elephants are using the ground like whales use the water, to send long distance messages to each other.

From the breathtaking description of an African storm surging over the floodplains to the delightful antics of Donna, a zoo elephant in California, Caitlin's inspiring writing moved me from tears to laughter, and left me with powerful and very visual images that I won't soon forget.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Moss on 10 Feb. 2014
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This book purports to be about the secret sense of elephants yet very little of the book is devoted to this. Much more is devoted to meetings between various organisations. I have been to Africa many times and observed elephants in the wild and nothing in this book evokes the magic of these magnificent creatures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By an acquaintance on 1 Feb. 2015
Format: Paperback
I was looking forward to a good read on the subject of elephants, but was disappointed with this book. It did not tell me much about these wondrous animals, the important issues related to them, nor did it make for interesting reading. I found myself reading it sort of as...homework.
Th 3 stars are for the author's commitment to the study of elephants, and efforts toward publication of a book on the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms S C Ramsay on 15 Nov. 2013
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This has been bought as a Christmas present so I haven't read it myself - I will do after the recipient has read it. Since we both love Africa, I am sure it will be fascinating.
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