How Mid-Century Doomsday Tests May Help Save Elephants loading...
How Mid-Century Doomsday Tests May Help Save Elephants
Radiocarbon dating, made possible by open-air nuclear tests shown in newly declassified videos, is helping scientists pinpoint when elephants were slaughtered.
Watch a Young Elephant Make a Surprising Railroad Crossing loading...
Watch a Young Elephant Make a Surprising Railroad Crossing
Experts explore: Why did the elephant cross the tracks?
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Watch an Elephant Invite a Rhino to Play
What may at first appear to be aggressive behaviour is actually a rare look at an African elephant's complex body language.
One of Africa's Last Great Tusker Elephants Was Killed by Poachers loading...
One of Africa's Last Great Tusker Elephants Was Killed by Poachers
The massive Satao II was found dead in Kenya, likely shot by a poisoned arrow. Conservationists are mourning the loss.
Exclusive Look Into How Rare Elephants' Forests Are Disappearing loading...
Exclusive Look Into How Rare Elephants' Forests Are Disappearing
In violation of a moratorium, oil palm grower clears vital habitat in Indonesian biodiversity hot spot.
U.S. Backtracks on Purge of Animal Abuse Records—What We Know loading...
U.S. Backtracks on Purge of Animal Abuse Records—What We Know
Following public outcry, the U.S. government reposts a fraction of animal welfare data. Meanwhile, clues point to the reasons behind the radical deletions.
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How to Photograph an Elephant
Elephants are social creatures, which makes them fun to photograph. But to make a truly interesting picture, you have to play it cool.
Elephant Calf Makes Amazing Recovery After Being Shot in Legs loading...
Elephant Calf Makes Amazing Recovery After Being Shot in Legs
Watch a youngster named Luggard find his feet again with the help of carers at an elephant orphanage in Kenya.
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The Rare African Park Where Elephants Are Thriving
The elephants in Chad’s Zakouma National Park were supposed to have been wiped out by now. Instead their numbers are growing.
China Will Shut Down Its Ivory Trade by the End of 2017 loading...
China Will Shut Down Its Ivory Trade by the End of 2017
Advocates applaud the move by the world’s largest consumer of ivory, saying it could help save Africa’s remaining elephants.
Watch Zoo Animals Enjoy A Massive Snowfall in Portland loading...
Watch Zoo Animals Enjoy A Massive Snowfall in Portland
The animals in Oregon Zoo have been loving one of the largest snowstorms in Portland's history.
About the Show
Filmed over a period of two years, this is the incredible account of eight Asian elephants as they journey from rural Thailand, experience months of quarantine, embark on an enormous Russian Ilyushin to a remote Indian Ocean island and then finally arrive at their new homes in Sydney and Melbourne Zoos. As the elephants are prepared for the journey, follow the army of workers, veterinarians, court officials, politicians, keepers, scientists, horticulturalists, cargo experts and countless others who make the journey possible – and problematic. Experience the emotion as animal rights court actions delay the transfer for over a year. Then, on the day of transfer, Thai nationalist protesters prevent the transfer once again. Only a secret midnight run enables the elephants to make it to the airport on time and make the flight to the remote Cocos Islands – Australia's quarantine station – and then finally to their purpose built state-of-the-art enclosures at Taronga and Melbourne Zoos – the first major step in a project that will contribute to the survival of the species.

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