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Elephants and KingsAn Environmental History$
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Thomas R. Trautmann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226264226

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226264530.001.0001

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The retreat and persistence of elephants

The retreat and persistence of elephants

(p.1) 1 The retreat and persistence of elephants
Elephants and Kings

Thomas R. Trautmann

University of Chicago Press

Elephant numbers worldwide are in decline, but in India they are holding steady and even increasing somewhat. China once had wild elephants throughout but now has only a handful, in the region bordering Southeast Asia. India’s relative success has to do with the institution of the war elephant, which gave its kings an interest in protecting wild elephants.

Keywords:   elephant numbers, elephant physiology, elephant behaviour, elephant habitat

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