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The incredible true story of a young couple's love and adventures among the majestic giants of the wild. With 16 pages of extraordinary photographs. ...more
Published 1975 by Collins & Harvill Press
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Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, zoology
The story of a scientist undertaking one of the most blessed PhD projects in history - the budget somehow includes a house being built in Tanzania, maids, personal assistants, a cook, and a small plane. Not to mention Douglas-Hamilton had the extreme luck of being one of the first scientists to pay more than cursory attention to savannah elephants, particularly in this region, so all his findings are novel. This is simply mind-boggling today.

While much of the information and stories relayed here
Debbie Ethell
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found Among the Elephants riveting. It makes one realize that there are lots of ways to live a great life and this is definitely one way to do it. Nicely done!
Elizabeth Harper
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful touching account of family life.
Krista Pojman
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zoology
Someone else had written a review saying this was the elephant equivalence of Jane Goodall and her chimpanzees. They couldn't be more spot on.

This book takes the point of view of a husband and wife team, Iain Douglas-Hamilton and Oria Rocco, and their lives surrounding the documentation of Manyara elephants. This book was STUNNING. You get a nice balance of learning the stories surrounding specific elephants, elephants as a whole entity, and this couples lives living in Manyara. If you want an e
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Iain Douglas-Hamilton is to elephants what Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey are to chimpanzees and mountain gorillas. Among The Elephants tells the tale of the beginnings of his career and commitment to these beautiful creatures. If reading about life among lions, giraffes, wildebeeste, hyena, and, of course, elephants is your cup of tea, then this is a book for you.

In 1963, Oxford University Zoology student, Iain Douglas-Hamilton traveled to Tanzania for a stint as research assistant to an animal
Among the Elephants is a book in the grand old tradition of naturalist narratives. Douglas-Hamilton chronicles his amazing adventures with such formal, lovely, British (or Scottish?) dryness and under-statement that they are a pleasure to read. I worried a little about the Oria Douglas-Hamilton sections of the book at first--concerned they may be too purply or flowery--but her genuine voice comes through so well that any qualms are laid to rest.

Add to that the fascinating and absorbing subject
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I agree with a previous reviewer that this is much in the tradition of naturalist-writers from the late 20th century. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Scots/British, goes to Manyara National Park in Tanzania to study not-well-understood-at-the-time elephants. His stories, and those of his wife, Oria, are interesting enough to keep one going, and, as someone planning to be in the neighboring Tarangire and Serengeti Parks this summer, I found understanding elephants better a meaningful benefit. Only in the ...more
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. The authors discuss years of following the same herds of elephants in Africa, and report on their observations. They delve into the individuality of each animal. This was a life-changing book for me.
David Ward
Among the Elephants by Iain Douglas-Hamilton (Viking 1975)(+/- 333.959) - This is a fascinating look into the families, the culture, and the chance for survival of the wild African elephant herds by the world's leading expert. My rating: 8/10, finished 1982. ...more
Darlene Ferland
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A MUST-READ for lovers of elephants. . .
Sujan Chatterjee
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Super insight to the life of a biologist and elephants
Lynne Ward
I read this years ago but have always kept it on my shelf as it is a captivating look at animals that I will never see in the wild.
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Recommended by Kathy E.
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Well written. Highly recommended if you're interested in elephants or life on the ground in northern Tanzania. ...more
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