Sri Lanka: Elephant Island

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Natural World, 2013-2014 Episode 4 of 10

Duration: 59 minutes

Sri Lanka, the tropical island lying off the southern coast of India, is home to its own special elephants. A sub species of the Asian elephant, they have their own unique characteristics. In this programme, award winning wildlife cameraman Martyn Colbeck of Echo of the Elephants fame travels to Sri Lanka to try and get to know them.

Martyn has planned his arrival to coincide with the start of the monsoon, hoping it will be the best time to find and follow a new born calf. By drawing on local knowledge, Martyn begins to unravel the complex social world of Sri Lanka's elephants - he witnesses a fight over a calf, a battle between two bulls in musk and, at an elephant sanctuary, befriends an orphaned elephant who sadly lost a leg to a snare and is facing an uncertain future.

Credits

Presenter
Martyn Colbeck
Producer
Mike Birkhead
Director
Mike Birkhead
Executive Producer
Chris Cole
Series Producer
Roger Webb

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