By Raman Sukumar
The residing Elephants is the authoritative source for info on either Asian and African elephants. From the traditional origins of the proboscideans to the present-day challenge of the dwelling elephants, this quantity synthesizes the habit, ecology and conservation of elephants, whereas protecting additionally the heritage of human interactions with elephants, all in the theoretical framework of evolutionary biology. The publication starts with a survey of the 60-million 12 months evolutionary heritage of the proboscideans emphasizing the function of weather and plants switch in giving upward thrust to a bewildering array of species, but additionally discussing the potential function of people within the past due Pleistocene extinction of mastodonts and mammoths. the most recent info at the molecular genetics of African and Asian elephants and its taxonomic implications are then awarded. the increase of the elephant tradition in Asia, and its early loss of life in Africa are traced besides an unique interpretation of this specified animal-human courting. The publication then strikes directly to the social lifetime of elephants because it pertains to reproductive suggestions of women and men, improvement of habit in younger, verbal exchange, ranging styles, and societal association. The foraging concepts of elephants, their impression at the plants and panorama are then mentioned. The dynamics of elephant populations in terms of looking for ivory and their inhabitants viability are defined by means of mathematical types. a close account of elephant-human interactions incorporates a remedy of crop depredation by way of elephants relating to their traditional ecology, manslaughter via elephants, habitat manipulation through people, and a historical past of the ivory alternate and poaching within the continents. The ecological info is introduced jointly within the ultimate bankruptcy to formulate a collection of pragmatic strategies for the long term conservation of elephants. The broadest therapy of the topic but undertaken, by way of one of many best employees within the box, Raman Sukumar, the e-book delivers to carry the certainty of elephants to a brand new point. it's going to be of curiosity not just to biologists but in addition a broader viewers together with box ecologists, flora and fauna directors, historians, conservationists and all these drawn to elephants and their future.