A Keeper's Diary (Institutional Use - University/College)
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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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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.Read more ›
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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Love, love, love!!! Being an elephant lover, I did know a lot of the information in the movie. I have shared it with many of my family members who were not so aware of elephants,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Beverly Keim