The African Elephant

byRoger L. DiSilvestro, photographs by Page Chichester:John WileylNational Audubon Society ,$34.95. The purpose of this informative, well-illustrated book is to maintain and enhance appreciation of merits of elephants, for although ivory trade, and therefore the slaughter of the animals, has been reduced, there is no guarantee that it will not be resumed if public indifference permits. The author begins with mammoths, goes on to consider the nonetoo-successful use of elephants as wat machines, proceeds to the early sport ing records of the nineteenth century (with some lively quotations), covers the great days of the safari and the white hunter, and arrives at the habits, social structures, and anatomy of elephants. They are remarkable creatures, and the more Mr. DiSilvestro reports of them, the more complex and engaging they become.