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Information Resources on Elephants

AWIC Resource Series No. 18 Revised May 2010
Updates and Replaces Information Resources on Elephants, June 2006. For information prior to 2002 please see Information Resources on Elephants, April 2003

Table of Contents

Additional AWIC Resources

African Elephant

African Elephant

Loxodonta africana

About this Document

Although there is a considerable amount of information available on elephants in bibliographic databases it is not readily available in an organized manner to most persons. The references in this publication were obtained from multiple databases and compiled chronologically and alphabetically by author, under various general headings. Although there are a number of published papers and articles dealing with elephants in the wild, including their tracking, number estimation, feeding habits, environmental damage, and conflicts with people, only a few of these types of articles are included in this resource. Most of the references in this publication are concerned with captive animals and their care, behavior, health, and handling.

This publication is not meant to be all inclusive as there are a number of private database collections with references on elephants which are not included here. The references listed in this publication were collected and organized into general categories for ease in locating pertinent articles. The references are listed first under a General category which pertains to elephants in general and then under separate sections for African Elephants and Asian Elephants. These two sections are further broken into thirteen subsections, covering topics such as anatomy, behavior, and veterinary care. Selected Web sites are found under Additional AWIC Resources. It is hoped this publication will be of use to those interested in elephants and their care, treatment and conservation in captivity and in the wild.

For this document, the compiler searched for citations from multiple sources published between the years 2003 to 2010. The sources of information include peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, theses, annual reports, dissertations, books, monographs, and reviews. Some URLs are provided for documents available as eDocuments. Readers are cautioned as to the dynamic nature of the internet and the fact that Web addresses and content are subject to change. All sites are current as of May 2010.

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) Services web page supplies information on how to request library materials that are included in its collection.


The author wishes to acknowledge Kristina Adams and Sandra Ball for their participation in the final editing and Web publishing of this document. Their support is greatly appreciated.

Compiled by:

Richard L. Crawford, D.V.M
USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

In cooperation with the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Last Modified: Thursday, 23-Jan-2014 08:33:12 EST

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