Some groups of elephants are born lucky, while others are less fortunate. Lucky groups of elephants inhabit a secure area with plenty of food and spend the majority of their time in the Samburu National Reserve – being mostly protected from poaching – while less lucky groups live outside the park boundaries and in much greater danger at the hand of poachers.
Although success in life depends on what family you’re born into, baby elephants also face a whole range of risks in their formative years. Youngsters have to learn fast and learn well, if they are to survive this most crucial time in their lives. They have to learn to use their trunks, find out who to play with and who to stay away from, and how to use their mum as a shield when things heat up. Other risks include lions, poaching, river crossings, injury and hunger to just getting themselves into scrapes and bumps that only babies learning the ins and outs of their world can.
We will also see the massive bull elephants come into musth, a state of heightened aggression when they seek out females in the mating season. With so many hyper-agitated males in the area, the new mums will have to draw on all their experience and wit to keep their babies safe from getting caught up in the mating brawls and trampled in the excitement.