Monday, February 13, 2012

Elephant Scientist

The Elephant Scientist Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson

Hey look! Another awesome Scientists in the Field book!

This one's a little different because Caitlin O'Connell, the first-billed author is also the scientist being profiled. O'Connell works in Namibia, studying elephants.

While there is a lot of information about elephants in general, a lot of the book focuses on how elephants communicate. The problem is that I read Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication first, and Elephant Talk is a longer, more in-depth look at that same subject. I can't pretend that didn't color my reading and enjoyment of this title.

I really enjoyed learning how the scientists live when they're observing the elephants. It's not lab work and they can't go home at the end of the day-- they have camping tower that's very sophisticated and rustic all at the same time. They have to protect themselves from lions, take careful measurements and data, and live for months at a time on the savanna-- very interesting.

Book Provided by... my local library

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