Echo: Queen of the Elephants


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At the feet of the Kilimanjaro, about 1,200 elephants have been going through one of the worst drought that the savannah has seen in living memory. For those majestic animals, it is a struggle to stay alive, and to keep those around them safe. Echo: Queen of the Elephants is a new documentary ("Echo has been invaluable in teaching us about the social interactions, communication and leadership of elephants," says Moss. "But to those who have studied Echo for all these years--she is much more than a research subject. Echo is a powerful presence in our lives and the lives of her family. She's been a companion; she's given us joy and filled us with wonder on a daily basis, and for that, I will always be grateful." ) about a group of elephants led by their matriarch, Echo. It was filmed by some of the same people who made the acclaimed Planet Earth, so you know it's going to be something else...
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"ECHO: QUEEN OF THE ELEPHANTS combines spectacular cinematography and the plight of these animals to capture a very intimate story of survival," says Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet. "Mother Nature who gives us the awe-inspiring images we expect from natural history films is also wreaking havoc on these majestic creatures. The nearly indescribable beauty and courage of Echo, her family and the researchers is important and deeply moving."

Cynthia Moss and her team of researchers have studied Echo and her family for almost 40 years, and they helped the documentary team produce the film, so it wasn't just a bunch of people dropping in for a quick shoot and leaving without much context; these people had intimate information about these animals, and I'm sure it shows on screen.

I can't imagine what the people who've been following Echo for all those decades must be feeling about the hard times that she and he family have been going through lately. I can't wait to see this documentary. If it sounds like something you might enjoy, mark your calendars!

Special Premieres on Animal Planet Thursday, December 3, from 8-10 PM (ET/PT).

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