|aThe elephant scientist |cby Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson ; photographs by Caitlin O'Connell and Timothy Rodwell.
|aBoston |bHoughton Mifflin Harcourt|c2011.
|a70 p. |bcol. ill., maps |c23 x 28 cm.
|aScientists in the field
|aIncludes bibliographical references (page 69) and index.
|aUnearthing elephant secrets -- Slippery beginnings -- Call of the wild -- Living large -- Elephant species -- Sensitive souls -- Science on the savannah -- The herds at Etosha -- Wild bulls -- Fancy footwork -- School days -- Settling into camp -- Ears to the ground -- Donna the scholar -- Lab elephant -- Caller IDs -- The trail ahead : bull societies -- Season's end -- Elephants in peril -- Adopt an elephant -- Explorations -- Pachyderm terms.
|aCaitlin O'Connell loved to study nature as a child, and her mother helped her appreciate the world by paying attention to details. These early observational skills served her well through the years as she grew up to be a scientist working in the sprawling African scrub desert of the Etosha National Park in Namibia, Africa. This book takes you on a journey to the Namibian desert with Caitlin O'Connell, the American scientist who became known as "the mother of all elephants," and follows her research as she witnesses groundbreaking discoveries about one of nature's largest, most complex, and most intelligent mammals living today on this earth: the African elephant.
In the sprawling African scrub desert of Etosha National Park in Namibia, they call her "the mother of all elephants." Holding binoculars closely to her eyes, American scientist Caitlin O'Connell could not believe what she was seeing from these African elephants: as the mighty matriarch scanned the horizon, the other elephants followed suit, stopped midstride, and stood as still as statues. This observation would guide the scientist to a groundbreaking discovery about elephant communication: elephants actually listen with their limbs. The Elephant Scientist was named a 2012 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book.