"No other animal has left such a rich and plentiful succession of traces of its prehistoric physical existance over a period of millions of years, nor provided deeper insights into evolutionary processes over the vast span of earth history, as the elephant."
Elephants: A Cultural and Natural History, by Karl Gröning & Martin Saller
"Studying elephants is like going back into prehistoric times. In size, elephants are the closest thigns we have to dinosaurs. There are days when I feel as though there is nothing we can do for elephants -- I feel that the only good I am doing is recording the extinction of one of the most magnificent animals that ever walked the earth."
Thunder Cave by Roland Smith
What is bigger than an elephant? But this also is become man's plaything, and a spectacle at public solemnities; and it learns to skip, dance, and kneel.
There is no creature among all the Beasts of the world which hath so great and ample demonstration of the power and wisedom of almighty God as the Elephant.
Not too near and not too far
Out of the stress of the crowd
Music screams as elephants scream
When they lift their trunks and scream aloud
For joy of the night when masters are
Asleep and adream.
Lawrence, D. H
“When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled”
“Elephants are amazing animals.
They have so much personality,
and are by far the most intelligent animal I've ever been around.”
“Elephants are extremely intelligent and they can be trained to do all sorts of things. What is difficult is to get over their inherent fear of man.”