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The Last Giants by Levison Wood

The Last Giants: The Rise and Fall of the African Elephant

Levison Wood

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Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 6 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781529381122

The Last Giants explores the rapid decline of one of the world's favourite animals and the measures required to halt their extinction, through Levison Wood's time spent with elephants in Africa.

4 stars out of 5
14 May 2020

"both an entertaining summary of what we know about the elephant, and a call to change our behaviour to ensure its survival"

evison is careful to point out the complexities of conservation — a ban on trophy hunting (in which Westerners pay a fortune to kill elephants) might simply result in the land being taken over by agriculture, so losing the elephants their habitat altogether. But at least the charity Save The Elephants has found an ingenious solution to prevent them being killed by angry farmers when they destroy crops: the giants hate being stung by bees, so now crops are protected by wires attached to hives. If the elephant disturbs the wire, the infuriated bees come out and chase it away.