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Echo of the Elephants  (1993)

Living among elephants

On the savanna plains, elephant expert, leading conservationist and world-renowned research zoologist Cynthia Moss explores the close-knit and complex world of the African elephant.

With sensitive photography from the award-winning cameraman Martyn Colbeck, this hour long film follows a wise and experienced matriarch, Echo as she leads her family through Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. An amazing insight into the social psychology of the Earth’s largest land mammals, Echo of the Elephants won the Animal Behaviour category at Wildscreen 1994.

In the shadow of the towering Kilimanjaro, the elephants engage in intense mating battles and emotional reunions, whilst suffering stillbirths and a variety of health problems. Heartbreaking footage details the struggles of baby Ely as, after being born crippled he tries to stand. The relief is palpable as finally, after much patient nursing by his mother, he recovers enough to walk unaided.

A deeply moving portrayal of these intelligent creatures, stunning cinematography brings to life the high drama, heartbreaking fortitude and touching intimacy of these magnificent beasts.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Additional Music: Gus Christie
Assistant Editor: Angela Groves
Associated Broadcaster: WNET 13, New York
Camera: Martyn Colbeck
Director: Martyn Colbeck
Dubbing Mixer: Neil Hipkiss
Executive Producer: John Sparks
Film Editor: Martin Elsbury
Graphics: 422 Videographic design
Music Composer: Henry Priestman
Narrator: David Attenborough
Narrator: Cynthia Moss
Post-Production Producer: John Sparks
Producer: Marion Zunz
Production Assistant: Ginny Lucas
Production Assistant: Lesley Jones
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Scientific Advisor: Cynthia Moss
Sound: Martyn Colbeck
Unit Manager: Christina Hamilton
Writer: David Attenborough
Writer: Cynthia Moss

Related links

Echo of the Elephants: The Next Generation (1996)
Clips
Ely's attempt to stand
Ely's attempt to stand
Living among elephants
Living among elephants
Bond of mother and calf
Bond of mother and calf
Arrival of Ely
Arrival of Ely