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Orhpaned baby elephant Chyulu plays with keeper Stephen at Nairobi nursery ©Simon Nash
Elephant Diaries
Mon 7, Wed 9, Fri 11, Mon 14 and Fri 18 January, 2008
at 7.30pm on BBC One

For a baby elephant, family life is everything and losing your mother is the worst possible start in life.

Jonathan Scott and Michaela Strachan follow another emotional roller-coaster year in the lives of a unique group of orphaned elephants. Catch up with some old friends at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya and meet some new ones as they face some of the biggest challenges of their lives.

Watch the programme trail.

Programme 1
Tonight, Michaela Strachan is in Nairobi where she catches up with Lualeni, the grief-stricken little orphan who watched her mother die. One year on, will Lualeni have come to terms with her devastating loss?

Jonathan Scott is back in Tsavo where Emily, the old matriarch of the orphan herd is now living wild, and has a surprise for him. Jonathan is also reunited with Wendi, once the leader of the baby elephant orphans. She is now a four-year-old with an identity crisis. And a full scale emergency unfolds as a tiny baby elephant is left for dead in the wilds of Tsavo National Park.

Programme 2
After the shattering news that the newly rescued baby, little Ndololo, is blind, the keepers pull out all the stops to give him a second chance in life. But will it be enough?

In Tsavo, Jonathan Scott follows attempts to pull Wendi out of her deepening identity crisis and give her a new role in the herd. How will she react when three confused and vulnerable young orphans arrive from the nursery? Back in Nairobi, Michaela Strachan joins in a very special game of football – the return match between the keepers and the elephants.

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Programme 3
A new baby has been rescued in Tsavo, but needs to be flown to Nairobi if it is to survive. At the nursery, Michaela Strachan follows the extraordinarily intense bond that has developed between the orphan herd's mini-matriarch, Lualeni, and the youngest orphan, Makena. But what will they think of the arrival of Chyulu, a new and very needy rescued baby?

Poaching is a major cause of elephants being orphaned, so in Tsavo Jonathan Scott goes on bush patrol with a team from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see what's being done. And elsewhere in Tsavo, the Trust's vet undertakes a dangerous and dramatic attempt to rescue a young elephant from a poacher's snare.

Programme 4
In Tsavo, one of the older orphans, Mweiga, is struggling with painful joints and a possible heart condition. The keepers are trying her on a new cocktail of vitamins and supplements, but will her medicine work?

At the Nairobi nursery, it's time for Lualeni to leave her beloved Makena and join the older orphans at the Ithumba release site. But Lualeni doesn't want to go. Michaela Strachan follows the heart-rending separation... And back in Tsavo, one of the older orphans goes missing.

Programme 5
Makena's world is turned upside down when she wakes to find her beloved Lualeni gone. In Tsavo Jonathan Scott joins two new arrivals from the nursery. How will they cope among the big herd as they explore life back in the wilds?

And finally, a newly-rescued, tiny orphan baby is found next to his mother's body. Michaela Strachan rushes to the airport in Nairobi to await his arrival. Vulnerable and all alone, everyone hopes that little Shimba's story will have a happy ending.

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