She includes a detailed study of the cells that comprise an elephant's foot and trunk in an attempt to discover the ways they use ground vibrations to make decisions, to protect and to pass messages from one herd to another. In fact, the team used a variety of sounds to see the effect they would have on the studied herd. Elephants were being killed in a fight to keep them out of farmer's crops, as they were destroying everything the farmer needed to sustain the family. Caitlin wondered if, by learning more about the ways these gentle beasts passed messages, they might be able to send their own messages to keep the herds away from those fields.
As is common in the Scientists in the Field series, this research report from Namibia is accompanied by brilliant color photographs with informative captions, and provide interested readers with a close look at the elder elephants as they care for their young and wander the lands these elephants call home. The research camp is amazing to see!
Along with a list for further reading, a glossary, selected source notes, and an index, we are invited to visit http://www.utopiascientific.org. It is a website set up to show us ways to ensure that elephants thrive and survive in the wild.