Filming

CNN “Inside Africa” (2013)
The half-hour episode aired Jan. 10, 2014, but now can be viewed in 3 parts on the CNN website:

Mapping the movements of elephants: http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2014/01/13/spc-inside-africa-elephants-botswana-a.cnn.html?iref=allsearch

Can elephants and humans co-exist?
http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2014/01/13/spc-inside-africa-elephants-botswana-b.cnn.html?iref=allsearch

Why are artificial water holes controversial?
http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2014/01/13/spc-inside-africa-elephants-botswana-c.cnn.html?iref=allsearch

 

Tom Hardy’s Poaching Wars, Episode 2 (2013)
Tom Hardy embarks on a journey through Africa to uncover the truth about elephant and rhino poaching. In this episode he meets with Tshekedi Khama, the Botswanan Minister for the Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, and finds out how harmful the authorities consider the illicit ivory trade. Flying out to the Okavango, he visits Botswana’s esteemed elephant ecologist, Dr. Mike Chase where they talk about conservation and research. He then joins members of a crack team from the Botswana Defence Force as they scour the country's northern borders for illegal poaching activities, and, in Mozambique, he encounters a civil war veteran who explains how two decades' work nurturing elephants has been undone in recent years. The actor completes his journey at a rhino sanctuary in Tanzania, where a baby elephant turns up to bid him a surprise farewell.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlJWDefJQdU

First Light Films (2013)
Wildways: Corridors of Life is a one-hour documentary, shot on three continents, the film will showcase cutting-edge solutions to making room for wildlife in an ever more crowded globe. Recent research shows that islands of habitats made of parks and preserves are too small and disconnected to sustain healthy populations of wildlife. A new approach called Connectivity Conservation is attempting to link these isolated groups of wildlife in novel ways. First Light joins EWB in Botswana to showcase how elephants are leading the way for policy makers and decision makers and communities to come together and set aside viable conservation habitat in a massive scale through the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area initiative. (In production, airing times to be announced)

In the Tracks of Giants (2012)
Following ancient African elephant migration paths, Tracks of Giants, is a 5 month west to east journey connecting major conservation nodes to promote a greater awareness of conservation, human community and leadership issues relevant to southern Africa, and applicable to many areas of the world. The journey aims to rekindle the rapidly declining indigenous knowledge base of the human – animal interface, and indigenous solutions to conservation challenges and issues. A team of trackers, conservationists and media will travel by foot, cycle (in regions outside of conservation areas and wildlife parks) and kayak in the Okavango Delta and Zambezi through eight major conservation nodes. Along the way, they will meet with local communities, work with partners, survey and document animal movements and conservation issues.
Clip prelude to the journey: http://vimeo.com/40527244

As EWB joins their journey, the team speaks to locals about human-elephant conflict and other conservation issues. EWB’s Dr. Mike Chase & Kelly Landen weigh in on the conflicts. http://vimeo.com/48010578
(Full Documentary to be announced)

Animal Einstein’s, BBC Production

Road to Eden: Mythical Roads (BoTravail, productions) (2013)
Aired on France 5 Public Television, the series is a travelling narrative, this episode on a journey through Botswana from the Okavango Delta to Chobe National park, showcasing nature and wildlife but through the eyes of a human-perspective, looking at how humans perceive elephants and the wildlife that they must co-exist with. (no link available at this time)

Al Jazeera news
“Botswana’s Okavango wildlife threatened” (2011)
Research shows that many mammal species are in rapid decline, with drought seen as the biggest cause. Botswana's Okavango Delta is one of Africa's most scenic and unspoiled wilderness areas, however, it is losing its wildlife at an alarming rate. According to research, the species decline is the result of human encroachment, game fences and poaching. The most potent factor, however, is seen to be drought. Al Jazeera's Peter Greste reports from the Okavango Delta.
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/africa/2011/08/20118145513313818.html

BBC news program: Fast Track (2010)
“Providing a safe haven for elephants in Botswana” Botswana has the highest population of elephants in the world - around 120,000.

One man who gets closer to them more than most is scientist Dr Michael Chase. Fast Track travelled to the northern region of Botswana to see him in action.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/fast_track/9157005.stm

RichRed films, a WDR Documentary Special (2009)
“Free Passage for Giants” Angola is witnessing a giant homecoming. After decades of civil war, elephants are returning to the now peaceful African country on ancestral routes, which lay dormant for over thirty years. Scientists and locals are watching with surprise how thousands of elephants repopulate southeast Angola, although the area is apparently still riddled with landmines. Elephant trails are paving the way for other animals and people, giving them safe access to long lost homes and resources.
http://www.richred.com/work/clips/fp.html

AnimalWorks

Animal Planet, The Jeff Corwin Experience (2003)
Season 3, Episode 1
Botswana: Exploring the Elephant Highway

BBC production: feature documentary film “Elephants Without Borders”

This is a story of vision, struggle, hope, and one man’s dream to bring freedom to Africa’s elephants. The film is an extraordinary journey with Dr. Mike Chase, Motswana ecologist, raised in Africa’s harsh wilderness. He talks passionately of his dream to create a scenario he calls “Elephants Without Borders” - a system of contiguous migratory corridors - that could bring freedom for thousands of elephants to range across Africa.

We are with Mike on his adventures, following him through the struggles and barriers that both he and the elephants have to face in search of new places for elephants to live. We follow his journey as he tracks collared elephants from Botswana through Namibia and Zambia to Angola’s southern wilderness.

We come to share his extraordinary vision, to bring down the barriers which blockade traditional migration routes, to open up new elephant havens, and lead the way for elephants to a new sanctuary, a trans-frontier conservation area without man-made borders.

Elephants Without Borders, is an important contribution to understanding and respecting elephants and nature. The extraordinary imagery and the compelling and objectively presented information makes Elephants Without Borders essential viewing for anyone interested in natural history.

The documentary was produced by Mike Holding and Tania Jenkins of Afriscreen Films for the BBC Natural History Unit and Animal Planet. Botswana based AfriScreen Films is a high-end natural history production and facilitation company specializing in African wildlife. They used state-of-the-art, high-definition cameras to capture Botswana’s vast and impressive natural features. The Heli-Gimble, a high-definition camera mounted at the base of a helicopter was used to capture the epic aerial scenes. The combination of high-definition cameras and unique photography beautifully enhance Botswana’s naturals and diverse landscapes.


"Elephants Without Borders" won 2nd prize for Best International Contribution! at the 2009 NaturVision Film Festival.

In the UK, aired on BBC Natural World: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00hhf6f#broadcasts

In the USA, shown on Animal Planet Network’s Wild Kingdom, under the title "Elephants: Breaking Boundaries":
http://animal.discovery.com/videos/elephants-breaking-boundaries-an-elephant- oasis.html

http://animal.discovery.com/videos/elephants-breaking-boundaries-saddest-elephant-ever.html

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