An elephant’s eye, seen in close-up, adorns the cover of a remarkable new book, Proboscidea: The Emotional Lives of Elephants by Hamish John Appleby, Greg Neale writes. The image is doubly appropriate, reflecting the book’s subtitle and the author’s own profession and preoccupations.

Appleby, an Australian photographer, has worked for the United Nations, recording environmental and social justice issues. While working in Sri Lanka, he became increasingly fascinated by the country’s elephants, eventually resolving to publish his pictures in a book that he crowd-funded, to help ...


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