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Echo of the Elephants: The Next Generation  (1996)

Echo and the next generation

A deeply moving account of elephant family life, The Next Generation is the sequel to the BBC Natural History Unit's award-winning Echo of the Elephants. The award-winning cameraman Martyn Colbeck returns to direct and photograph this piece, his stunning cinematography bringing to life the touching intimacy, brutal fights and amazing perseverance of these magnificent animals.

Filmed over four years, elephant expert, leading conservationist and world-renowned research zoologist Cynthia Moss continues her research into the ageing matriarch Echo and her rapidly expanding clan.

To the beautiful backdrop of Kenya's Amboseli National Park, mating displays abound as males wrestle for dominance, hyenas are kept at bay and a mystery illness wreaks havoc with the herd. Providing an engaging insight into elephant development, memorable footage documents the arrival of Echo's latest offspring and charts the numerous adventures of this sociable calf.

An incredible insight into the behaviour and social psychology of these highly intelligent animals, Echo of the Elephants: The Next Generation was hugely popular, its success leading to a third installment, The Final Chapter in 2005.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Associated Broadcaster: WNET 13, New York
Director: Martyn Colbeck
Dubbing Editor: Angela Groves
Dubbing Mixer: Graham Wild
Film Editor: Martin Elsbury
Graphic Design: BBC - Graphic Design
Music: Henry Priestman
Narrator: David Attenborough
Photography: Martyn Colbeck
Presenter: David Attenborough
Producer: John Sparks
Production Co-ordinator: Philippa Lawson
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Series Executive Producer: John Sparks
Sound: Martyn Colbeck
Sound: Karen McComb
Unit Manager: Christina Hamilton
Writer: Cynthia Moss

Related links

Echo of the Elephants (1993)
Martyn Colbeck
Echo's mischievous calf, Ebony
Echo's mischievous calf, Ebony
Echo and the next generation
Echo and the next generation
Echo gives birth to a new generation
Echo gives birth to a new generation
Echo's family group
Echo's family group