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Walking Thunder: In the Footsteps of the African Elephant

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Large-format book | Photographs and text by Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson. Forword by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick.

Merrell, London, 2009. Hardcover, 160 pp., 85 duotone illustrations, 13.75 x 10.75 inches. $60.00

Christo and Wilkinson's Walking Thunder WALKING THUNDER: In the Footsteps of the African Elephant is the first black and white book of its kind dedicated entirely to a single species in the wild.

The African elephant is one of the most majestic creatures on Earth, yet it faces an uncertain future. Walking Thunder is a superb tribute to the remarkable beauty of these endangered creatures. Striking duotone images by award-winning photographers Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson capture not only the awesome strength and size of the African elephant, but also its gentleness and human-like emotions. Accompanying the photographs are quotations, myths and stories from the past 400 years, from folklore and from explorers and tribal members, presenting both Western and indigenous perspectives. At once entrancing and thought-provoking, this is the perfect book for anyone passionate about the conservation of our planet.

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Walking Thunder

“Walking Thunder” is a large-format work of art in which the authors use poetry, polemic and pure visual artistry to make the urgent case against the forces of greed, vanity and willful ignorance that threaten the elephant—and perhaps mankind as well—with extinction.


That scientific perspective is evident in their choice of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, whose work in raising and reintegrating orphaned elephants has brought her world renown, to write the book’s prologue.


Dame Sheldrick’s orphanage in Kenya has rehabilitated some 80 elephants to date, according to Mr. Christo, who noted that she and Ms. Bradshaw, whose studies of animal psychology and trauma have been providing evidence of the elephant’s high level of awareness and emotional sensitivity, are at the forefront of a dedicated cadre of conservationists fighting for the salvation of the elephant. -- East Hampton Press

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