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'Combining lyrical writing about trumpeting at sunset with a pop science sensibility, The Secret Lives of Elephants is both smart and elegant. Walking with these elephants, and with Hannah, will appeal to the Planet Earth viewer and the Robert Macfarlane reader in equal measure.' Dan Jones, Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of The Plantagenets and The Templars. 'The Secret Lives of Elephants is an informative and entertaining memoir, in which scientist Hannah Mumby details her experience researching elephants in Africa and Asia. She works alongside conservation giants like Iain Douglas-Hamilton while unearthing connections between elephant and human life histories - often in the midst of alarming spikes in poaching. With descriptive prose, Mumby transports readers to Kenya, Myanmar and South Africa, where she and her colleagues discover surprising facets of elephant behaviour and intelligence.' BBC Wildlife magazine 'A work of science and a labour of love ... Mumby uninhibitedly pours herself in the book and her passion for elephants, and their conservation is refreshingly unapologetic ... This softer edge that gives room to observations and anecdotes makes science accessible, while not compromising on its robustness. The author's writing is simple and honest; and her voice eloquent and strong as she pens a fascinating insight on the most remarkable of animals: elephants.' Mongabay-India
Hannah Mumby is an Assistant Professor at the School of Biological Sciences and Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. She was a Fellow at Pembroke College the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge and at the College for Life Sciences at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin. She leads the Applied Behavioural Ecology and Conservation lab and conducts fieldwork elephants in Nepal, South Africa and across elephant range countries; work for which she won the prestigious Christopher Barnard Outstanding New Investigator Award Hannah is also actively involved with conservation efforts and assists with collaring operations, advising on captive elephant living conditions and outreach work with local communities. She talks about elephants on TV and on the radio, as well as in schools and universities.