Thursday, December 22, 2011

Elephant Talk

Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication Ann Downer

Elephants trumpet, we know. But they also roar. They rumble at tones too low for humans to hear, but we can feel it-- any they can feel it, allowing them to communicate over long distances. They flap their ears to get the attention of the group. The cuddle.

And your adorable fact of the day? Baby elephants sometimes suck their trunks, just like baby people suck their thumbs or fingers.

Scientists have spent years observing elephants and studying how they communicate and are putting together a pretty fascinating puzzle. The main focus of the book is on communication, but it also discusses elephants in general, both African and Asian, and the issues they face and some of the solutions we're coming up with.

This was a fascinating read that made me fall in love with elephants. I learned so much and annoyed everyone around me with the cool elephant facts I was learning. I think the size of the book does it a disservice, because it looks like a report book and won't get picked up and read for fun and because it's about elephant communication, it won't get picked up by people doing reports on elephants in general. I'm afraid kids won't find it, which is sad because I think they'd love it, too.

Book Provided by... my local library

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