In 1966 a young and adventurous zoologist pitched camp in a dangerously isolated area of Tanzania. He soon found the elephants who live there to be the most fascinating of creatures, and he came to know many of them well, from Boadicea, greatest of the matriarchs, to little N'Dume, whom he first saw as an infant. He was also, among other mishaps, prostrated by fever and poison, knocked down and trampled by a charging rhino, and attacked by the four "torone sisters" (an ill-tempered quartet of powerfully tusked female elephants).;After the arrival of his wife, who took most of the photopraphs in this volume, he and she faced yet another adventure - bringing up a family while surrounded by elephants raising their own young. The author's scientific purpose was to study the elephants' plight, for they are threatened with extinction because of loss of browsing grounds. In spite of the hardships of life in the wilds, he succeeded to provide valuable information for ethologists and zoologists the world over.