Africa's Elephant : A Biography
Yet elephant history has been dominated by periods of brutality and persecution, used in gladiatorial combat, as weapons of war (most notably by Hannibal) and for their ivory, prized since ancient times as a symbol of wealth and status. As the ivory trade continued there are now only five countries with sizeable elephant populations, where a few hundred years ago there were forty-six - before the European hunters arrived. Acclaimed African expert Martin Meredith has written the first full biography of the elephant - wide-ranging, moving and never less than fascinating in his travels through the history and present of 'Nature's great masterpiece' (John Donne).
- Hardback | 2458 pages
- 147.32 x 223.52 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
- 06 Sep 2001
- Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 8 b&w photos, line drawings
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About Martin Meredith
Martin Meredith has spent most of his working life writing about Africa, for fifteen years writing about Zimbabwe and Kenya for the Observer and the Sunday Times. From 1991-93 he co-ordinated a team of economists to advise governments in South Africa on prospects for establishing an economic community post-apartheid.