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作       者:O'Connell, Caitlin

出  版  社:University of Chicago Press

出版时间:2015-06-04

字       数:39.3万

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Meet Greg. He's a stocky guy with an outsized swagger. He's been the intimidating yet sociable don of his posse of friends-including Abe, Keith, Mike, Kevin, Torn Trunk, and Willie. But one arid summer the tide begins to shift and the third-ranking Kevin starts to get ambitious, seeking a higher position within this social club. But this is no ordinary tale of gangland betrayal-Greg and his entourage are bull elephants in Etosha National Park, Namibia, where, for the last twenty-three years, Caitlin O'Connell has been a keen observer of their complicated friendships.In Elephant Don, O'Connell, one of the leading experts on elephant communication and social behavior, offers a rare inside look at the social world of African male elephants. Elephant Don tracks Greg and his group of bulls as O'Connell tries to understand the vicissitudes of male friendship, power struggles, and play. A frequently heart-wrenching portrayal of commitment, loyalty, and affection between individuals yearning for companionship, it vividly captures an incredible repertoire of elephant behavior and communication. ?Greg, O'Connell shows, is sometimes a tyrant and other times a benevolent dictator as he attempts to hold onto his position at the top. Though Elephant Don is Greg's story, it is also the story of O'Connell and the challenges and triumphs of field research in environs more hospitable to lions and snakes than scientists.Readers will be drawn into dramatic tales of an elephant society at once exotic and surprisingly familiar, as O'Connell's decades of close research reveal extraordinary discoveries about a male society not wholly unlike our own. Surely we've all known a Greg or two, and through this book we may come to know them in a whole new light.
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Cover

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

Contents

Kissing of the Ring

Journey to Mushara

The Head That Wears the Crown

Introduction to the Boys’ Club

Dung Diaries

Teenage Wasteland

Coalitions and a Fall from Grace

Male Bonding

The Domino Effect

Capo di Tutti Capi

Of Musth and Other Demons

The Emotional Elephant

The Don Back in the Driver’s Seat

Closure

Sniffing Out Your Relatives

Where Are the Boys in Gray?

A Case for Dishonest Signaling

The Don under Fire

Black Mamba in Camp

Baying at a Testosterone-Filled Moon

Relentless Wind

A Deposed Don

The Don Returns

Scramble for Power

The Royal Family

Wee Hours

The Politics of Family

A New Beginning

Acknowledgments

Chapter-Opening Photo Captions

Index

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