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Gordon Buchanan tries to gain the trust of a herd of elephants in the wilds of Kenya to film this uniquely intimate portrait of their family life.

Gordon Buchanan tries to gain the trust of a herd of elephants in the wilds of Kenya to film this uniquely intimate portrait of their family life.

Wendy is a teenage elephant mother, struggling to raise her first baby Wiva. Filming them is tough - elephants are one of the most dangerous animals on earth thanks to years of human persecution. With the help of local expert Benjamin Kyalo, Gordon manages to get spectacularly close to the elephants on foot. And he witnesses at first hand the dangers baby Wiva faces growing up in the African bush.

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Mon 29 Jul 2019 16:15

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    Soothing Storm Wind and Gusts

  • 00:34

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    Restful Whistling Wind

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Presenter Gordon Buchanan
Executive Producer Tim Martin
Executive Producer Ted Oakes
Series Producer Rachael Kinley

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