PROBOSCIDEA – The Emotional Lives of Elephants

by Mary A. Hernandez

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After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Hamish John Appleby is working on the publication of his book, Proboscidea – the Emotional Lives of Elephants.  This 190-page book will be sent to eligible Kickstarter funders in March 2016, according to the crowdfunding site.  Thereafter, the picturesque book will be available through the main website at www.proboscidea.org.

Proboscidea – The Emotional Lives of Elephants focuses on Asian elephants whose numbers, Appleby noted, are considered “critically endangered” at roughly 25,000-40,000 individuals.  In comparison, the larger African elephant, whose valued tusks leave it greatly vulnerable to ivory poachers, are 470,000 in number (World Wildlife Fund, n.d.).

On the main website, www.proboscidea.org, the author explained the significance of this book for him and his hopes of what it could mean to the rest of us:

“After having lived periodically in Sri Lanka for over four years, working with elephants, capturing amazing moments and being amongst elephants has been a life-changing experience for me. Elephants have added colour and richness to my experience of life and deepened my appreciation of both seen and unseen communication that is evident and possible between human beings and animals.

One of the key messages of the book is that elephants are wild animals that need to be with their own family, friends, social groups and left free to be elephants, not ‘living joy rides’ for entertainment or symbolic gestures for temples and chained to a pole their whole life.”

Keeping with the objective of earth friendliness and sustainability, the book will be printed on recycled paper and made in Germany under “fair conditions”.  All net proceeds will be donated to Elephant Transit Home (ETH), an organization that works with elephants, for “veterinary equipment and other essential needs” (Appleby, 2015).

Appleby also goes one step further in terms of transparency:  “All profits will be listed on the Proboscidea website…This way there can be full transparency as to how much money has been collected and reports on what the money has been spent on will also be listed.”

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For more information about the book, please visit:

www.proboscidea.org

https://www.facebook.com/proboscideabook

Appleby, H. (2015). Proboscidea – The Emotional Lives of Elephants.  Retrieved from http://www.proboscidea.org

Appleby, H. (2015).  Kickstarter:  Proboscidea – The emotional lives of elephants.  Retrieved from https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hamishjohnappleby/proboscidea-the-emotional-lives-of-elephants/posts/1449930

Appleby, H. (2015.  My superb book – ‘PROBOSCIDEA – THE EMOTIONAL LIVES OF ELEPHANTS’ – ‘Kickstarter’ is online today.  Retrieved from http://tinyletter.com/hamishjohnappleby/letters/my-superb-book-proboscidea-the-emotional-lives-of-elephants-kickstarter-is-online-today

Tomato Therapy, renamed “Studies of the Frog Tomato Relationship”

(“See, these red round things are MINE”)
from Robert Greenways’ Corona Farm in Port Townsend, Washington

frog-n-tomatoes“Applied Ecopsychology” (also known as “tomato therapy”)

Moved by a Mountain, Reviewed

front cover mbamMoved by a Mountain: Inspiration from an Alpine View in Alaska
Photographs and Text by Tom Reed, 2013
Soft cover, $21.95
Published by Wild Coast Media

Reviewed by Amy Lenzo

Having visited Alaska for the first time earlier this year, where I was enchanted by the ever-changing vista, I was intrigued by this new book by photographer Tom Reed and its focus on a particular mountain in Alaska’s majestic Kenai Ridge.

I usually “read” photography books like this visually first, and Moved by a Mountain richly rewards such an approach. The images are stunning – beautifully composed monochromatic photo-paintings with a distinctive red-ink chop strategically placed to complement and complete each one.

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The Granite Avatars of Patagonia, Reviewed

granite-book-coverThe Granite Avatars of Patagonia
Photographs and Text by Tom Reed, 2009
Hardback, $49.95
Published by Wild Coast Media

Reviewed by Amy Lenzo

This first book by Tom Reed sets the pattern I saw in his most recent book, Moved by a Mountain: Inspiration from an Alpine View in Alaska (reviewed elsewhere in Gatherings) – exquisite black and white photography set in full-page display with smaller color inserts woven in with the accompanying insightful stream-of-consciousness text. The aesthetic for both books is clean, clear, and extremely beautiful – almost Japanese in its simplicity.

Thom Reed Photography
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Beautiful Omo

A link to this video showcasing the beauty of the Omo people was sent to us by Chitola Utsanami (aka Jorge Conesa-Sevilla)

Sleeping Bear

picture of a black sleeping bearFriends from England were visiting us here on Vancouver Island. On a beautiful crisp, clear Autumn day we took them for a hike on the Holt Creek Trail by the Cowichan River; a great place to enjoy the Fall colours. It was very beautiful but it didn’t smell too great because of the rotting salmon carcasses along the river bank. We encountered one dead salmon on the trail some distance from the river. This was a bit of a mystery. The salmon was too big to have been carried by a bird and it had been bitten but not eaten. The mystery was probably solved a few minutes later when we came upon a very large bear sleeping on a log. He/she was apparently too full to finish the last fish and took a nap while digesting. We did not wake the bear, but photographed it through a zoom lens and then quietly continued along the trail, feeling very fortunate.

John Scull

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John is a volunteer environmental educator and community conservation activist living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. He is a founding member of ICE. Visit www.naturecowichan.net to see what he does or Click Here for links to some of his articles about ecology and ecopsychology.

Palimpsest

photo by Heather Zeng, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Park University
www.park.edu