Books

There are many books I can recommend and I will from time to time.  This is one that will invite you to reexamine the way you perceive  animals. The stories are heart-opening and heart-breaking–often painful  to read. Sometimes that’s what it takes to take action.


 

Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel By CARL SAFINA


“Whenever elephants met men, elephants fared badly. Syria’s final elephants were exterminated by twenty-five hundred years ago. Elephants were gone from much of China literally before the year 1 and much of Africa by the year 1000. Meanwhile, in India and southern Asia, elephants became the mounts of kings; tanks against forts, prisoners’ executioners, and pincushions of arrows, driven mad in battle; elephants became logging trucks and bulldozers, and, as with other slaves, their forced labor requires beatings and abuse. Since Roman times, humans have reduced Africa’s elephant population by perhaps 99 percent. African elephants are gone from 90 percent of the lands they roamed as recently as 1800, when, despite earlier losses, an estimated twenty-six million elephants still trod the continent. Now they number perhaps four hundred thousand. (The diminishment of Asian elephants over historic times is far worse.) The planet’s menagerie has become like shards of broken glass; we’re grinding the shards smaller and smaller.”


“Do other animals have human emotions? Yes, they do. Do humans have animal emotions? Yes; they’re largely the same. Fear, aggression, well-being, anxiety, and pleasure are the emotions of shared brain structures and shared chemistries, originated in shared ancestry.”

“The main characteristic of an alpha male wolf is a quiet confidence, quiet self-assurance. You know what you want to do; you know what’s best for the pack. You’re very comfortable with that. You have a calming effect. Point is, alpha males are surprisingly nonaggressive, because they don’t need to be.”

Recommended Books

Fascinating Reader

The Elephant Whisperer

The Last Rhinos

Babylon’s Ark

Love, Life and Elephants 

Saving The White Lions 

Mystery of the White Lions 

The Soul of an Octopus

The Rarest of the Rare

Hope For Animals and Their World   

Author

Lawrence Anthony

Lawrence Anthony

Lawrence Anthony 

Madame Daphne Sheldrick 

Linda Tucker 

Linda Tucker 

Sy Montgomery 

Diane Ackerman

Jane Goodall