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Author : Lyall Watson
ISBN : 9780143526889
Genre : Nature
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As a child in South Africa, spending summers exploring the wild with his boyhood friends, Lyall Watson came face to face with his first elephant. From that moment on, Watson's fascination grew into a lifelong obsession with understanding the nature and behaviour of this impressive creature. Around the world, the elephant - at once a symbol of spiritual power and physical endurance - has been worshipped as a god and hunted for sport. In this captivating portrait of the elephant, Watson draws from scientific research, anthropological studies, and personal experience to document the animal's wide-ranging capabilities to remember and to mourn; and he reminds us of its rich mythic origins, its evolution, and its devastation in recent history. Part meditation on an elusive animal, part evocation of the power of place, Elephantoms presents an alluring mix of the mysteries of nature and the wonders of childhood.
Category: Nature

Death And Compassion

Author : Dan Wylie
ISBN : 9781776142187
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Examines what literature reveals about human attitudes towards elephants and who shows compassion towards them Elephants are in dire straits – again. They were virtually extirpated from much of Africa by European hunters in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but their numbers resurged for a while in the heyday of late-colonial conservation efforts in the twentieth. Now, according to one estimate, an elephant is being killed every fifteen minutes. This is at the same time that the reasons for being especially compassionate and protective towards elephants are now so well-known that they have become almost a cliché: their high intelligence, rich emotional lives including a capacity for mourning, caring matriarchal societal structures, that strangely charismatic grace. Saving elephants is one of the iconic conservation struggles of our time. As a society we must aspire to understand how and why people develop compassion – or fail to do so – and what stories we tell ourselves about animals that reveal the relationship between ourselves and animals. This book is the first study to probe the primary features, and possible effects, of some major literary genres as they pertain to elephants south of the Zambezi over three centuries: indigenous forms, early European travelogues, hunting accounts, novels, game ranger memoirs, scientists’ accounts, and poems. It examines what these literatures imply about the various and diverse attitudes towards elephants, about who shows compassion towards them, in what ways and why. It is the story of a developing contestation between death and compassion, between those who kill and those who love and protect. Death and Compassion is the first study to probe various literary genres. It examines what these literatures imply about human attitudes towards elephants and who shows compassion towards them. It is the story of a developing contestation between death and compassion, between those who kill and those who love and protect.
Category: Literary Criticism

Bbc Wildlife

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ISBN : CORNELL:31924097698603
Genre : Animals
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Category: Animals


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ISBN : NWU:35556037055118
Genre : Conservation of natural resources
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Category: Conservation of natural resources

Toxic Belonging

Author : Dan Wylie
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131737814
Genre : Social Science
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Southern Africa's literatures brim with references to the natural world, its landscapes and its animals. Both fictional and non-fictional works express ongoing debates, often highly politicised, concerning its various groups' senses of identity and belonging in relation to the land and its denizens. This often involves a pervasive tension between 'Western', settler societies' conceptions of modernity and indigenous world-views, each complicating the often simplistic binarisms drawn between them. In this selection of papers from the 2006 Literature and Ecology Colloquium, held in Grahamstown, South Africa, the complexities of forging imaginative and pragmatic senses of belonging in Southern Africa are explored from a variety of disciplinary persepectives: philosophical, historical, botanical, and anthropological as well as literary. Their subject-matter ranges widely - from Bushmen testimonies to Berlin missionaries, from prehistoric cave-dwellers to Schopenhauer, from white Batswana to lion-tamers - but find themselves echoing one another in intriguing and illuminating ways. These are highly localised meditations on age-old questions: What does it mean to be human within a natural environment? Why do we appear to be so damaging to the ecology that sustains us? Is our presence inevitably 'toxic' to our planetary fellow-travellers? How do we forge an ecologically sound sense of belonging in this post-colonial, post-apartheid, post-modern era? If this collection has a single most prominent question binding it together, it is this: What are the limits and potentialities of human compassion towards the natural world?
Category: Social Science

Whales And Elephants In International Conservation Law And Politics

Author : Ed Couzens
ISBN : 9781135119669
Genre : Law
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Whales and elephants are iconic giants of the marine and terrestrial animal world. Both are conspicuous representatives of wildlife conservation. The issues of whaling and the ivory trade are closely linked, both legally and politically, in many ways; some obvious, and some surprising. The treatment of both whales and elephants will be politically and legally contentious for years to come, and is of great significance to conservation in general. This book examines the current state of international environmental law and wildlife conservation through a comparative analysis of the treatment of whales and elephants. In particular, it describes the separate histories of international governance of both whales and elephants, presenting the various treaties through which conservation has been implemented. It is shown that international environmental law is influenced and shaped by important political actors – many with opposing views on how best conservation, and sustainable development, principles are to be implemented. Modern environmental treaties are changing as weaknesses and loopholes are exposed in older, and possibly outdated, treaties such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW). Such weaknesses can be seen in the efforts made by some states to circumvent or weaken CITES and the International Whaling Commission and to resume commercial whaling, and further in the efforts of countries to resume trade in ivory. The argument is made that the Convention on Biological Diversity could be used to begin reconciling opposed views and to focus conservation efforts. The argument is made that effective conservation of species cannot be achieved through individual treaties, but only through a synergistic approach involving multilateral environmental agreements – 'ecosystems of legal instruments'.
Category: Law


Author : Andy Capostagno
ISBN : STANFORD:36105115130416
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The Manor House at Fancourt is almost 150 years old. Close to the town of George in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, it was built in 1859 by an itinerant civil engineer by the name of Henry Fancourt White, who named it Blanco House. In the intervening years it has been a home to the great and the good, to some rogues and rascals, to ghosts and legend. In 1903 it was acquired by White's son. Montagu, who named it Fancourt in his father's honour. There is thus a certain serendipity to the fact that The Presidents Cup golf tournament will be played on The Links at Fancourt exactly 100 years after Montagu White renamed the estate.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Library Journal

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ISBN : UOM:39015082964902
Genre : Libraries
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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.
Category: Libraries

Ecological Intelligence

Author : Ian McCallum
ISBN : IND:30000122553427
Genre : Nature
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Defines a new way of thinking about the unprecedented environmental pressures of our day. McCallum offers a compelling argument that we must think differently about ourselves and the earth if we are to take seriously the survival of wilderness areas.
Category: Nature

Sarah Anderson S Travel Companion

Author : Sarah Anderson
ISBN : PSU:000056065701
Genre : Travel
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For those who want to find out more about Africa and the Middle East than can be found in a normal guidebook, Sarah Anderson’s Travel Companion offers a delightfully informed personal selection, including travel literature, illustrated volumes, biographies and memoirs, and more. Travelers and readers can discover novels set in Kenya, cultural studies of Syria, or guidebooks best suited to their tastes. This is an indispensable companion for every serious reader of travel writing.
Category: Travel