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The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Hosts Leading Scientist on Elephant Behavior

HOHENWALD, Tenn. USA— The Elephant Sanctuary kicks off its 20th Anniversary Celebration by wel...

HOHENWALD, Tenn. USA— The Elephant Sanctuary kicks off its 20th Anniversary Celebration by welcoming one of the world’s preeminent scientists on African elephants’ communication and social dynamics. Dr. Caitlin O’Connell will speak twice in Middle Tennessee June 12–13, 2015. At the Nashville reading, Parnassus Books will offer copies of Elephant Don for purchase, and donate ten percent of the book-price to benefit The Elephant Sanctuary. Dr. O’Connell will greet guests and sign books at both events.

Books by Caitlin O'Connell


WHO: Smithsonian called Dr. Caitlin O’Connell “the elephant whisperer,” for after decades of research in Namibia’s Etosha National Park, she’s one of the world’s only scientists who can decipher the language of elephants, their communications within their social circles. O’Connell is a faculty member at Stanford University School of Medicine, author of the acclaimed science memoir The Elephant’s Secret Sense, and the subject of the award-winning Smithsonian documentary Elephant King. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, National Geographic, and Discover, among many others.
WHAT: Educational presentations (book signing / reading) on African elephant behavior and conservation – free and open to the public.

In the new nonfiction book Elephant Don: The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse, O’Connell looks inside the social world of African male elephants as she tracks “Greg” and his entourage of fellow bull elephants in order to understand the vicissitudes of male friendship, power struggles, and play. A portrayal of commitment, loyalty, and affection between individuals yearning for companionship, the book vividly captures a huge repertoire of elephant behavior and communication. The narrative also tells the story of Dr. O’Connell – the trials and adventure of field research in environs more hospitable to lions and snakes than scientists.

In Nashville, Parnassus Books will offer copies of Elephant Don for purchase, and donate ten percent of the book-price to benefit care of the resident elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary. Dr. O’Connell will sign books.

Dr. O’Connell will also speak on the process of converting true-life experiences into fiction in order to broaden the public conversation around elephant-conservation, as the battle to save Africa’s elephants serves as the backdrop to her debut thriller, Ivory Ghosts – dubbed “a win for any animal lover or reader with a conservationist’s heart” by Jodi Picoult, author of the #1 New York Times-bestseller, Leaving Time.
 
WHEN & WHERE Fri., June 12 at 6:30PM – Zeitgeist Gallery; 516 Hagan St. #100, Nashville, Tenn. 37203
Sat., June 13 at 1:00PM – The Elephant Sanctuary Welcome Center; 27 E. Main St., Hohenwald TN 38462
 
WHY:

“[Elephant Don] comes at a critical time, when the slaughter of these intelligent and long-lived creatures is at an all-time high. The more people learn about them, the more they are likely to help efforts to save them.”
–Jane Goodall, founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

“[Ivory Ghosts is] a truly fascinating thriller that beautifully conveys the story of those magnificent creatures, the elephants, and the poachers who try to destroy them. Bravo!”—Mary Higgins Clark, #1 New York Times-bestselling author

This special event is brought to you with the support of Parnassus Books, the Zeitgeist Gallery, and Woodmont Investment Counsel.

If interested in attending PLEASE RSVP by June 3rd via email to lorenda@elephants.com, or by phone at 931-796-6500 ext. 105.

As a true sanctuary, the habitat where the elephants live is closed to the public.
 

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