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Episode 1

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Last broadcast 18 Jan 2009, 18:00 on BBC One (see all broadcasts).

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22 Jan 2009, 01:30 on BBC One

Synopsis:

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.

Credits:

Narrator
Sarah Parish
Participant
Iain Douglas-Hamilton
Participant
Saba Douglas-Hamilton
Participant
David Dabellen
Participant
Onesmas Kahindi
Producer
Holly Spearing

Broadcasts:

  1. 14 Jan 2009
    21:00
  2. 14 Jan 2009
    21:00
  3. 18 Jan 2009
    18:00
  4. 22 Jan 2009
    01:30

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Duration:
60 mins

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