WHAT I TELL YOU THREE TIMES IS TRUE
By Ian Parker
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In this wide-ranging narrative, which is part historical, part investigative, and largely biographical, Ian Parker examines the perennial preoccupation of man with elephants and his pursuit of their ivory.
The influence of Europeans, from Vasco de Gama to present day conservation bodies, and the more recent work of game wardens (Parker was himself a game warden in Kenya) to counter poaching are all included in this fascinating overview.
The book exposes the web of deceit and corruption surrounding elephants and ivory, involving not only Africa's post-colonial governments but also some of the conservation bodies themselves. The author's quotation from Lewis Caroll's 'Hunting of the Snark' may be apt representation of conservation's reliance on reiterated dogma while disregarding evidence that questions its veracity.
Throughout history the trade in ivory has been intertwined with politics and...