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The story of a tusk – 28KG / VOI RIVER / 30/5/14

  The Ivory Burn is about to happen and for days the internet has been full of pictures of the pyres being built, conservationists having their pictures taken with tusks, and heart-felt video pleas. Despite the piles of tusks rising … Continue reading

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Elephant Rock

There is a rock at the end of Kivuko kopje that has intrigued me ever since I first walked past it. Three years ago, we refurbished an abandoned cattle camp at Kivuko as a base for filming. We cut an … Continue reading

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Elephants – why bother?

    A few months ago, at a dinner in New York, an aquaintance got into a conversation where a guest asked, “Why all the fuss about elephants – they mean nothing to me personally. Why should I bother whether … Continue reading

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A day shared with elephants

    When Vicky and I first arrived in East Africa we had a lot to learn. We’d spent thousands of hours filming underwater, but very few on land, and none in Africa – we were, quite literally,  wet behind … Continue reading

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Satao: last of the great tuskers

Ever since we started filming in Tsavo we’d looked for a big tusker – but they are elusive. It’s the reason they are still alive. They are also very rare. They are bulls with tusks so large that they can … Continue reading

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A most beautiful elephant

In a meeting recently in London, I described a particular elephant as, “the most beautiful I’d ever seen” and when questioned further, added that she was “elegant”. I surprised myself. There were a few smiles around the table and the … Continue reading

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Why we won’t miss elephants once they are gone

I’ve been making wildlife films in East Africa with my partner, Vicky, for 25 years (www.deeblestone.com). Now, together with Etienne Oliff and a small team, we’re making a film about elephants. By the time it is finished, we’ll have devoted … Continue reading

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Here today, gone tomorrow

It was late in the day as I drove up to a waterhole. I’d been away from camp for a day or two and had planned a couple of hours in the shade of a henna bush, as the sun … Continue reading

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The passing of a giant

Recently, we went on a recce for the film. The destination was a distant waterhole. We set off early. It was a typical Tsavo waterhole – seemingly hewn out of ochre. That warm glow seemed reflected in the animals that, … Continue reading

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A new year in Tsavo

We returned to Tsavo, at the beginning of the year, to a park deep in grass. At times, it is so high that we can only see the backs of the elephants. In this sea of green, buffalo can disappear … Continue reading

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