soul of the elephant

programme information


1 x 60'

Production Company

A Production of Wildlife Films and THIRTEEN Productions LLC in co-production with Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with France Télévisions





Episode Information

As the largest living land mammals, elephants are usually considered as survivors under even the most extreme climatic conditions. But all too often, these majestic giants are illegally killed by poachers for their ivory tusks. So, every dead full-grown elephant whose carcass or skeleton is found with the tusks still in it is a symbol of nature – an elephant that died of natural causes instead of bullets, snares or poison. The encounter with a dead elephant is the starting point for a journey back in time: Who was this elephant – and what was his life like? Elephants are amongst the few sentient beings with which we share this planet. They are considered one of the smartest animals, along with dolphins and chimpanzees. This film focuses on the behaviour that makes elephants unique. Starting from a pile of bones, this documentary shows what one ancient elephant may have witnessed during the course of its long life. Spectacular and grand elephant portraits in the vast, wild landscapes of Botswana are complemented with intimate insights into what makes those magnificent animals what they are. Looking at the world through pachydermial eyes, we will come to understand what it takes to live an elephant’s life.

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