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A Keeper's Diary (Institutional Use - University/College)


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Product Details

  • Producers: African Environmental Film Foundation
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: African Environmental Film Foundation
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LNOKRY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,779 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This film gives a remarkable insight into the lives of orphaned baby elephants, saved by local people in Kenya and then raised by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. These elephants have lost their families from one disaster or another and are true orphans. They have been given a new chance in life and, through the eyes of their Kenyan keepers, the film follows them grow until they eventually join up with their wild cousins. This is not just a film about baby elephants but reveals behavior which has never been documented in wild elephant studies.

With unparalleled footage of these remarkable animals, and the dedicated men who look after them, this film is a must-see for all lovers of elephants, Africa and conservation in general.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By feminaformosa VINE VOICE on February 16, 2009
Format: DVD
This is a DVD of an educational film shown around Africa to educate people about elephants and the work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an organization devoted to wildlife conservation in Africa. DSWT does a lot of things such as de-snaring, community education and development, and wildlife preservation, but what it is most famous for is the elephant orphanage.

The film covers both the Nairobi nursery, where the baby elephant orphans under 2-3 years of age live, and the facilities at Voi in Tsavo. Although the DVD came out in 2008 here, it was filmed around 1999-2000, so if you are hoping to see some of the more recent arrivals, you will be disappointed. However, the film itself is not disappointing! I foster elephants at the DSWT, and I have seen a lot of the available videos (including the BBC's Elephant Diaries, which is not available in the US), and this film still has interesting things that I hadn't seen. I really enjoyed watching it.

It does focus mostly on the elephants at Voi and their interaction, presumably because that is the location that Kenyans are least likely to know or have seen. It also talks a little bit about the keepers, which is nice, since they are such a crucial part of the operation, both in taking care of the elephants, and helping to educate their home communities about elephants, wildlife, and conservation.

If you don't have a region-free DVD player and want to see Elephant Diaries, this DVD is actually a reasonable substitute. It isn't as slick with the editing and sound effects as the BBC production, and the narration is sometimes a bit awkward (I think it may have been written in Swahili and translated into English?), but the overall quality is high.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna on October 31, 2012
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I had the very good fortune of being in Nairobi 3 years ago and one of the first things I did was to visit the wildlife trust. It was an absolutely amazing experience.

At my guide's recommendation, I stood off at the end of the visitors' area all by myself. Within minutes one of the calves got curious and came to see why I was all alone. When I picked up some grass she allowed me to feed her; then she started to push against the rope barrier trying to get closer to me. Her keeper was concerned at first - until he realized we were both having a wonderful time. She rubbed my neck with her trunk as I scratched her ears.

This marvelous DVD brought back all the wonderful memories of a very special day. Thank you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hot Mamma Donna on July 17, 2012
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This was so special to watch. It was very informative about how orphaned elephants are taken care of once they are resecued. I didn't know that these keepers have to stay with them 24 hours a day, what a commitment these people make to make sure these wonderful elephants survive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Lowe on March 7, 2013
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I have watched this dvd many times and I enjoy it as if it was the first time of viewing. I will there were more
follow-up DVD's to this one. Well worth the money.
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