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Documentary series revealing the emotional and dramatic lives of elephants. A new baby elephant is born, but her first few weeks look set to be the most dangerous of her 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.

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Wed 11 Nov 2015 01:45

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Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Sarah Parish
Producer Holly Spearing
Participant Iain Douglas-Hamilton
Participant Saba Douglas-Hamilton
Participant David Dabellen
Participant Onesmas Kahindi
Executive Producer Sara Ford
Series Producer Nigel Pope

Broadcasts

  • Wed 14 Jan 2009 21:00
  • Sun 18 Jan 2009 18:00
  • Thu 22 Jan 2009 01:30
  • Tue 3 Feb 2009 20:00
  • Sat 21 May 2011 19:00
  • Sun 22 May 2011 03:10
  • Tue 7 Jun 2011 17:15
  • Mon 27 Jan 2014 16:15
  • Sat 28 Feb 2015 19:00
  • Sun 1 Mar 2015 01:55
  • Mon 1 Jun 2015 14:45
  • Wed 11 Nov 2015 01:45

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