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Elephant Sense and Sensibility: Behavior and Cognition

  • Covers a variety of aspects that relate to behavior, ranging from brain function and sensory input to communication, learning, and intelligence
  • Features a comprehensive treatment of elephant behavior supported by the extensive literature, anecdotal information, and striking photographic material, providing an overview not available in any other text
  • Features an interdisciplinary approach to behavior, with vital information included and integrated from several key disciplines

By: Michael Garstang(Author), Wynand du Plessis(Illustrator), Claudia du Plessis(Illustrator), Herman H Shugart(Foreword By)

133 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations, b/w maps, tables

Academic Press

Paperback | Feb 2015 | #222311 | ISBN-13: 9780128022177
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About this book

Elephant Sense and Sensibility is a comprehensive treatment of the full range of elephant behavior. Beginning with chapters on evolution and the elephant's brain, this book is an integrated presentation of the elephant's capacity for memory, morality, emotion, empathy, altruism, language, intelligence, learning and teaching. Grounded primarily in scientific research, Elephant Sense and Sensibility also draws upon anecdotal and visual evidence showing elephants thinking, acting, feeling and behaving in ways that we, as humans, recognize. This complete treatment of elephant behavior supported by the extensive literature, along with anecdotal and photographic material, provides an overview not available in any other text.



1. Introduction
2. Elephant Evolution
3. An Elephant’s Brain
4. Functioning of the Brain
5. Memory
6. Morality
7. Emotions
8. Empathy and Altruism
9. Communication
10. Language
11. Intelligence
12. Learning and Teaching
13. The Sensory Environment of Elephants
14. Them and Us

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