On 3rd May 2009, an aging Echo succumbed to the ravages of drought and old age and died. She had collapsed the day before and been unable to get up again. One of the research team was with her when she died. Leaving the herd without a leader in such difficult conditions would make their survival even tougher. Had they learned enough from Echo to be able to cope without her and to be able to find food and water in the worst drought in living memory?