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  • Actors: Michaela Strachan, Jonathan Scott
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVI29M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,329 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In Elephant Diaries Michaela Strachan and Jonathan Scott introduce one of Africa's most dysfunctional families – a group of elephants, raised by people, on their perilous journey back to the wild. Series 1 follows the two presenters as they share the ups and downs of this unique group of orphan elephants over the course of a year at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the other release sites in Kenya.

Panic attacks, droughts, rabid dogs, and sad goodbyes are just a few of the dramas these incredible creatures face in this captivating series of programmes.

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Set in Kenya, The Elephant Diaries follows the plight of orphaned baby elephants as they are prepared for integration back into their natural habitat.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Wheeler on 26 Oct. 2008
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I watched the first series of Elephant Diaries when it was shown on the BBC back in 2005 and eagerly awaited its release on DVD. It follows a year in the life of the orphaned baby elephants, cared for so incredibly by the Sheldrick Trust. The work of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, her family and all the keepers and staff at the Trust is simply awe-inspiring. Their dedication and devotion to the needy babies in their care is plain for all to see. Around half of the rescued babies will not make it to their second birthday - they are so vulnerable and have been through so much. But all the staff pick themselves up from the inevitable moments of heartbreak and go on because of those remaining who need them. The successes they have had over the years are a fitting tribute to the Trust and the work they do in raising these babies and caring from them at the orphanage and then one of the release sites as they take the steps needed to return to the wild to live as they were meant to - free and majestic and safe. The Trust are also involved in helping to protect all wildlife with their anti-snaring teams who search the bush for the evil snares that cause such hideously painful and unimaginable deaths. And they work hard to prevent poaching, which sadly still goes on and results in far too many orphans needing help. Since first seeing Elephant Diaires in 2005, I now foster 3 baby elephants and continue to support the Trust and all the amazing people who devote their lives to these magnificient, intelligent, fun and empathetic animals. Series 1 is superb and the DVD unmissable. I just hope that it will not be too long before Series 2 is released on DVD - and that the BBC follow up the stories of these delightful babies with Series 3. A must buy and a wonderful stocking filler for any animal lover.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Judy Bratis on 26 May 2007
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I first saw this documentary on Animal Planet. It introduced me to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which I never heard of before. Because of this amazing film and the extremely important work of the dedicated people there, I am the proud foster parent of nine orphaned elephants and one blind year-old rhino. It pulls at your heartstrings. It's a wonderful film and an extraordinary wildlife orphanage.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. Wilkins on 30 Sept. 2007
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I first watched this series on TV and, like the last reviewer, wanted to find out more about the work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. I and all my family now sponsor the Trust - thanks to this documentary series. Watch these gorgeous animals get through experiences (most of which humans could not possibly endure) and be rehabilitated by the wonderful people of the Trust. When you've watched it you'll want to give them all your money. If you want to find out more about the Trust's work, go to [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Freeman on 22 April 2010
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The whole Series of these Elephant Diaries are totally worth getting hold of. The photography is fabulous and the direction - of "everything human" was very good: the presenters weren't always in the foreground; they let the elephants take their leading role! The filming was very "comfortable" viewing... even the sad bits made sense and there was none of the grotesque, in-your-face voyeurism on blood and gore! What a refreshing change. Anyone potty about elephants will love the series and we hope you find them as enjoyable as we did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mme Stephanie Meric on 4 Jun. 2010
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We absolutely love this DVD and the second series. We have watched it many times and never tire of the stories about the 'baby Ellies'. MY daughter now wants to be a vet and is absolutely determined to visit the Elephant orphanage as soon as she can! Both presenters are very pleasant to watch and obviously loved making this project. It is beautifully and sensitively filmed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Ives on 17 May 2010
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Brilliant series following the fate of young orphan elephants in Africa. Loved every second, never a boring moment, and the end of each episode always left me anxious to find out what happened next. Definitely addictive, in fact, I have the second series ordered and on it's way. The team really do such great work and the way the keepers interact with the orphans to make them feel loved and cared for, even to the extent of sleeping with them at night, is very touching. Would recommend this series to any animal lover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Twinkle on 7 Nov. 2010
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This DVD takes you to the Elephant orphanage in Kenya. It shows perfectly how the keepers take care of the baby-elephants. How they care for them. What the elephants lives are about. It shows a lot of love. And natural elephant behaviour. It's just wonderfull to watch. And it's real.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Mckeown on 5 Nov. 2013
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Having lived in Africa for many years and visited the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage as a writer on wildlife and conservation, I was hugely impressed by these compelling chronicles. With the current escalation in elephant poaching, Elephant Diaries is a reminder to us all that the future existence of these magnificent creatures in the wild can no longer be taken for granted.
Michael McKeown
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