Thursday, 16 June 2011

Interesting insight into the lives of elephants.

Thank you to my little sis for telling me about a radio interview she heard on Radio Four's Woman's Hour a few days ago.  

The interview was with Dame Daphne Sheldrick who has worked as a conservationist in Kenya for 50 years. Dame Daphne has raised all kinds of orphaned animals including antelopes, zebra, big cats, warthogs, mongooses, rhinoceroses and many more.  Most of her time has been spent on elephants and she was the first person ever to care for an elephant from birth to successful release into the wild as well as raising 129 more besides.  During the interview Dame Daphne gives a fascinating insight into just how amazing elephants are, how they remember faces from long ago and how closely their emotions resemble those of us humans.  I highly recommend you listen to the short discussion, I learnt such a lot.

Listen here.  (Please note that the interview begins at 36.29 minutes so I advise you skip the beginning of the programme unless you are a Woman's Hour fan)

A film entitled "Born To Be Wild 3D" about Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s work, will be on release in IMAX cinemas, from 17 June.

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