Eavesdropping on Elephants
How Listening Helps Conservation
Deep in the Central African Republic, forest elephants trumpet and rumble along with the forest’s symphony. And scientists are listening.
Scientist Katy Payne started Cornell University’s Elephant Listening Project to learn more about how forest elephants communicate and what they’re saying. But the project soon grew to be about so much more.
Poaching, logging, mining, and increasing human populations threaten the survival of forest elephants. Katy and other members of the Elephant Listening Project’s team knew they needed to do something to protect these majestic animals. By eavesdropping on elephants, the Elephant Listening Project is doing its part to save Africa’s forest elephants and preserve the music in the forest.
Author Patricia Newman takes readers behind the scenes to see how scientists are making new discoveries about elephant communication and using what they learn to help these majestic animals, with QR codes linking to audio of the elephant sounds. Follow along and listen to the elephants as scientists learn what they are saying.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Animals, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Animals, STEM: Technology|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Millbrook Press ™|
|Number of Pages||56|
|Text Type||Narrative Nonfiction|
|Dimensions||10.625 x 8.875|
|ATOS Reading Level||7.0|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||196895|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||1.0|
|Features||Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Page Plus™, Primary source quotations/images, and Reviewed|
Author: Patricia Newman
Patricia Newman's books inspire young readers to seek connections to the real world. Her titles encourage readers to use their imaginations to solve real world problems and act on behalf of their communities. These books include Sibert Honor title Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem; Orbis Pictus Recommended Book Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean; Bank Street College Best Book Zoo Scientists to the Rescue; Booklist Editor's Choice Ebola: Fears and Facts; and Green Earth Book Award winner Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Patricia frequently speaks at schools and conferences to share how children of any age can affect change. Visit her at www.patriciamnewman.com.
- NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books
- Green Earth Book Award Short List
- Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Best Children’s Books of the Year
- 2018 Eureka! Gold Award
“An inviting introduction to biologists at work.”—Booklist
“A great pick for middle school nonfiction collections.”—School Library Journal
“Fascinating for earnest conservationists.”—Kirkus Reviews