The Secret Life of Elephants

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Nature, Travel Documentary hosted by Sarah Parish and published by BBC in 2009 - English narration

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The Secret Life of Elephants For the new BBC1 series ‘The Secret Life of Elephants’ we’ve revealed the elephant’s hidden world - the depth of their emotions, their remarkable intelligence, and the intimate complexities of their family life. We spent three months in Kenya, filming the elephants and following the work of Iain Douglas-Hamilton and the Save the Elephants research team. We wanted to tell the stories of individual elephants, which meant we spent every hour from dawn till dusk finding and following our stars across the Samburu reserve. We focussed on the most dramatic moments in their lives – a calf from the day of her birth, a bull using tactics to win a mate, a matriarch making decisions to protect her family. We followed the research team on missions across northern Kenya to protect the elephants; we see them helping a community terrorised by crop raiding bulls, uncovering an outbreak of poaching which killed two of their best known elephants, and tracing the new dangers on ancient elephant migration routes. After weeks of hard work, we were rewarded with astonishing glimpses into the elephant’s lives. But we couldn’t have imagined that we’d become so directly involved in a life or death operation to save a baby elephant’s life.


First in a series of three programmes revealing the emotional and dramatic lives of elephants in Kenya's Samburu reserve.
As the day begins, there is great excitement in one elephant family when a new baby, named Breeze, is born. But her first few weeks look set to be the most dangerous of her life. Meanwhile, elephant experts Iain and Saba Douglas-Hamilton face the huge challenge of fitting a radio collar to a three-tonne female elephant with an entire herd looking out for her. Breeze faces her first big test, crossing a river, and the research team investigate when one of their best-known bull elephants is found dead in suspicious circumstances.
Back in the reserve, a young calf becomes injured and cannot keep up with his herd. His mother sticks with him, but will he survive without the support of a family? There is further tragedy when a matriarch dies. In unique footage, a herd of elephants visit her body, and appear to mourn her death.


Second in the series of three programmes revealing the emotional and dramatic lives of elephants in Kenya's Samburu reserve. Baby elephant Breeze is growing up fast, but with the dry season approaching, she is about to face her biggest test yet. Meanwhile, Breeze's teenage brother, Buster, seems intent on getting himself and Breeze into trouble.
Outside the reserve, more trouble is brewing as people and elephants come into conflict. Elephant expert Iain Douglas-Hamilton sends daughter Saba on a mission to help one of their best-known elephants, Mountain Bull, who is on a collision course with farmers and villagers.
Elsewhere, a marauding group of bulls cause havoc by breaking into fields and raiding crops. The team think they might have an unusual solution and will need the help of some African honey bees.
Back in the reserve, a devastating drought takes hold and Breeze and her family are forced to compete with other elephants for food and water. Will baby Breeze survive these hard times?


Last in the series of three programmes featuring the emotional and dramatic lives of elephants in Kenya's Samburu reserve.
After the drought, the rains have arrived, but has baby elephant Breeze survived?
As hundreds of elephants descend on the reserve for the breeding season, the research team hit their busiest time of year. With the help of new technology, Saba Douglas-Hamilton tracks down the biggest land animals on earth: the mighty bull elephants. But even Saba is keeping her distance when Rommel, a dangerous bull who once flattened a car and tried to kill two of the team's researchers, arrives on the scene.
Outside the reserve, there is a shocking development when Onesmas Kahindi investigates two mysterious deaths; could poachers be targeting the local elephants?
And when field researcher David Daballen finds a baby elephant in desperate trouble, he and the team must mount a life or death operation to save her.

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  • Video Codec: XviD
  • Video Bitrate: 1566 KB/s
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1: 76
  • Video Resolution: 704 x 400
  • Audio Codec: (Dolby AC3)
  • Audio BitRate: 192 KB/s
  • RunTime: 59 mins
  • Framerate: 25 FPS
  • Number Of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 746 MB
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  • Subtitles: English
  • Source: DVD

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