Silent Thunder: In The Presence Of Elephants by Katy PayneSilent Thunder: In The Presence Of Elephants by Katy Payne

Silent Thunder: In The Presence Of Elephants

byKaty Payne

Paperback | September 1, 1999

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A natural history rich in observation of the animal world and how humans participate in it, Silent Thunder is also a passionate story of scientist Katy Payne’s spiritual quest as she turns a keen eye on her role in this world. Starting with the story of her revolutionary discovery that elephants use infrasonic sounds—sounds below the range of human hearing—to communicate, Payne shares what she learned from her fascinating field research in Africa, research that reveals new insights into elephants’ social lives. When five of the elephant families she studies are the victims of culling, Payne’s approach to her research changes, as she fights valiantly to protect the elephants. The result of her research, and the touching insights gained from Africans she worked with and the elephants she studied, give a vivid impression of Payne’s view from the front lines of the natural preservation effort. Like Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard and the writings of Jane Goodall, Silent Thunder demonstrates how a commitment to all life can bring one’s own into a new focus.
Katy Payne is an acoustic biologist whose study of humpback whale songs received national attention. A frequent lecturer on conservation and on animal behavior and communications, she is currently a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University's Bioacoustic Research Program. She lives in Ithaca, New York, and is the mother of four children.
Title:Silent Thunder: In The Presence Of ElephantsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.8 inPublished:September 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140285962

ISBN - 13:9780140285963

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Elephants are magical creatures that predominantly roam the savannahs and jungle regions of Africa. Following her travels in such exotic places as Zimbabwe and Kenya, Katy Payne presents her findings on this beautiful African species in Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants. Young readers will learn the ways in which elephants communicate with each other and other interesting facts about how they live.