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It is more than a thousand years since the exploitation of the elephant began. Alexander the Great used them, Hannibal took them over the Alps, and Kublai Khan encountered them in India. However, it is only the last hundred years that the existence of the African elephant has been threatened. Once the “Great White Hunters” with their special elephant guns arrived, elephants in the south of the continent were decimated. This study tells the story of how the professional hunting fraternity were the first to realize...

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It is more than a thousand years since the exploitation of the elephant began. Alexander the Great used them, Hannibal took them over the Alps, and Kublai Khan encountered them in India. However, it is only the last hundred years that the existence of the African elephant has been threatened. Once the “Great White Hunters” with their special elephant guns arrived, elephants in the south of the continent were decimated. This study tells the story of how the professional hunting fraternity were the first to realize the threat to the elephant and how they kick-started the conservation movement. It is not a story with a happy ending as the history of the conservation movement is essentially a tale of war: colonialists at war with traditional customs; newly-independent African countries at war with one another; poachers and smugglers at war with any kind of constraint; and international bodies fighting for the suppression of damaging information. This history paints a vivid picture of the impact of hunting on Africa's elephant population and the powerful personalities of those involved on both sides of the massacre, from Cecil Rhodes to Dennis Fitch-Hatton and Edward, Prince of Wales to David Sheldrick.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780750941570
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Brown is a film-maker whose credits include the Nature Watch series with Julian Pettifer and the EMMY-winning In the Company of Whales. His books include two volumes of autobiography and The Lost City of Solomon and Sheba: An African Mystery, Nature Watch, Nature Watching and Nature Watchers.

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Table of Contents

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1 White Gold 1

2 Lay Down Your Heart 11

3 The Big Bang 25

4 Across the Limpopo 42

5 The Lunatic Line 57

6 White Mischief 72

7 The End of the Game 90

8 The Last Stand 107

9 Africa for the Africans 122

10 Bloody Ivory 146

11 Ebur 158

12 Animal Lovers 176

13 The Great Elephant Indaba 203

Select Bibliography 226

Index 231

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    INTERESTING!

    This book is very informative and showed me all the horrors of elephant murders. A musrt read!

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