CNN “Inside Africa”
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?
Why are artificial water holes controversial?
Tom Hardy’s Poaching Wars,
Episode 2 (2013)
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.
First Light Films
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
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)
Road to Eden: Mythical Roads (BoTravail,
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”
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.
BBC news program: Fast Track
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.
RichRed films, a WDR Documentary
“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.
Animal Planet, The Jeff Corwin Experience
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
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":
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