Books et al.Conservation

Elephants that help humans

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Science  28 Jun 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6447, pp. 1240
DOI: 10.1126/science.aax8075

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In Giants of the Monsoon Forest, Jacob Shell examines the dual world inhabited by a group of elephants in the "Trans-Patkai" region of Asia, an area that spans remote parts of Burma and India and is one of the last densely forested areas on Earth. Part of the human world by day, these elephants, who are captured or bred in captivity and trained to work with human handlers known as "mahouts," are released into the forest at night, an arrangement that facilitates both freedom and frustration for the elephants and raises important questions about human dominance and the conservation of species.

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