‘Elephant Talk’ author to speak Saturday
We hope you will join us at the barn 3 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 12) when Hope Elephants and Sweet Tree Arts welcome author Ann Downer for discussion of her book “Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication. Ann will talk not only about her book but also about human-elephant conflict and the efforts being made to reduce it around the world. The event is free and open to the public but donations are gratefully accepted for Hope Elephants.
Though the “Elephant Talk” book is aimed at readers age 8 and up, this event is intended for an adult audience with a slide show and conversation about conservation—but families are always welcome to attend.
After her talk and slide show, Ann will sign copies of “Elephant Talk” and her newest book, “Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing our Urban World,” which will both be available for purchase.
From the book’s cover copy: “Biologists have determined that elephants use a complex system of communication of at least ten distinct sounds, combined in many variations. Researchers are now asking: what do these sounds mean? As scientists study the elephant sounds that humans can hear, they are also identifying ways elephants communicate through nonverbal behaviors and making sounds too low for human ears. Scientists have realized that elephants even receive messages by using their sensitive feet to feel vibrations in the ground. All of these discoveries are helping elephant researchers better understand elephant behavior. But the elephant's time as a wild animal is running out. Threatened by habitat loss and illegally hunted for their ivory tusks, elephants are on the brink of extinction. Will understanding elephant talk be the key to saving the species?”
Ann Downer was born in Virginia but spent part of her childhood in the Philippines and in Thailand, where she journeyed to Chiang Mai to see an elephant roundup for her twelfth birthday. She is the author of five fantasy novels for young readers and four books about science. For many years she worked as a science editor at a university press. More recently she has been looking for ways to combine her love of science and story through blogs, podcasts, and graphic novels. Ann lives outside Boston with her husband and son. You can learn more about Ann at her website, http://anndowner.wordpress.com/.
Hope Elephants is located at 49 Hatchet Mountain Road (Route 235), Hope, Maine about one-quarter mile southwest of the Hope General Store.