Love, War and Circuses

Love, War and Circuses : The Age-old Relationship Between Elephants and Humans

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For millennia, people all over the world have revered, adored and exploited elephants. In Thailand, a pregnant woman ducks under an elephant's belly in hopes of having an easy delivery; a tycoon builds an elephant-shaped skyscraper; and pirate loggers feed amphetamines to their elephants to make them haul backbreaking loads. In India, milling worshippers dance with gilded tuskers at ecstatic temple festivals. From the steppes of Siberia to America's prairies, scientists have proposed restoring lost ecosystems by reintroducing the elephants and mammoths that once ruled them. And generation after generation of readers have delighted in Babar, Horton and Dumbo. In a kaleidoscopic account rich in historic lore, surprising science and exotic adventure, Eric Scigliano traces an age-old, extraordinary relationship between species and shows how it still haunts and inspires us today. He explains how elephants may have been 'nursemaids' to human evolution and how they shaped history, art, religion, and popular culture as no other animals have. He joins a gruelling chase after crop-raiding rogues in Sri Lanka and probes the bitter battle over the roles of elephants in zoos and circuses, revealing the enduring ecological importance and mythic fascination of these endangered giants.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 38mm | 557.93g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747569258
  • 9780747569251

About Eric Scigliano

Eric Scigliano, who has written for Outside, the New York Times, and many other publications, first became fascinated with elephants as a child in Vietnam. He lives in Seattle.show more

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'Love, War and Circuses is a remarkable book for anyone who has ever been stirred by the up-close sight of these remarkable fellow creatures' Bill McKibben, author of The End of Natureshow more

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