Tag Archives: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Satao – the enigma

  Alive, Satao was almost unknown; dead, he became legend. How did it happen? A year ago, Satao fell to a poacher’s poisoned arrow in a remote corner of Tsavo East National Park. When news of his death became known … Continue reading

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Ndume : the story of an elephant

  It reads like environmental pulp fiction: A tribal family’s ancestral forest home is surrounded and cutoff from the main forest by illegal loggers and slash-and-burn farmers. When they eventually break out to try to rejoin the main tribe, they … Continue reading

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Satao – a legend

When I last wrote about Satao, I felt that I couldn’t use his name. I could refer to him only as a ‘magnificent tusker’ or an ‘iconic Tsavo bull’. I feared that naming him would risk revealing where he lived. … Continue reading

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Adopted by an elephant

Last evening a lion wandered through camp at dusk – just yards from where we were finishing up work for the day. It skirted the fire, and walked calmly down the path, between the tents and out onto the floodplain … Continue reading

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The butterfly and the elephant

  Yesterday, in Tsavo, a topi ran across the track in front of me. I smiled, as it suddenly felt like a day in which anything might happen. The topi is an antelope I’d never seen before in Tsavo. I’d … 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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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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