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The Last Giants: The Rise and Fall of the African Elephant

Levison Wood

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Wildlife: general interest

The Last Giants explores the rapid decline of one of the world's favourite animals and the measures required to halt their extinction, through Levison Wood's time spent with elephants in Africa.

This book comes at a critical time. Fifty years ago, Africa was home to just over 1.3 million elephants, but by 1990 the number had halved. Meanwhile in the span of a lifetime, the human population has more than doubled.

In Levison Wood's The Last Giants, he explores the rapid decline of one of the world's favourite animals. Filled with stories from his own time spent travelling with elephants in Africa, and documenting their migration in his Channel 4 series, Walking With Elephants, the book is a passionate wake-up call for this endangered species we take for granted. The Last Giants was written to inspire us all to act - to learn more and help save the species from permanent extinction.

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Levison Wood

Levison Wood is a bestselling author, photographer and explorer. He has written seven other books: Walking the Nile and Walking the Americas (both Sunday Times bestsellers), Walking the Himalayas (Adventure Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards), Arabia, Eastern Horizons, The Last Giants and the children's book, Incredible Journeys. His six television series to date have been broadcast and distributed in over a hundred countries worldwide.

Wood served for several years as an Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, including an operational deployment to Afghanistan where he fought against Taliban insurgents in Helmand and Kandahar. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, a visiting Fellow at CASS business school, and he has been a Leica ambassador since 2014.

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