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WHY ELEPHANTS MATTER

Across the globe, considerable resources are being invested to protect elephants and halt the ivory trade. Don Pinnock explains why this work is so important

The considered regard of a wild elephant is a corrective to any glib evaluation of its worth as a creature. It’s a bit like having a CAT scan. It leaves you in no doubt that these are not only enormously intelligent animals, but also deeply wise. Let me explain.

There’s a rule of the bush, often fatal if broken, that you don’t get in the way of a wild elephant. You give it all the space it needs. And if the tusker is a matriarch in charge of a breeding herd, you keep well away.

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