|BORNEO'S PYGMY ELEPHANTS|
This story tells of tells the story of a forest guide, Bert Dausip, who observes and befriends the elephants. His daily expeditions deep into the jungle reward him with some of the most intimate and close up encounters with forest elephants ever filmed. The film culminates in his successful mission to save them from poachers, and have their forest home protected.
Following Bert we witness some incredible footage revealing the most intimate secrets of elephant family life. Bert discovers one year old Fig and his elephant family living in the forests alongside the Kinabatangan River, in north-eastern Sabah. Occasionally these animals are seen bathing in the river – a magnificent sight where 50 elephants come together for a spectacular water show. Adults, juveniles and infants all spraying water, rolling in mud, and socialising. Most often the elephants move about in smaller family groups in the forest. In befriending these elephants
Bert has discovered something amazing: Pygmy elephants are far gentler than anyone could have ever imagined. He can regularly approach them within just a few meters. They aren’t the aggressive killers that people think they are. Even females with newborns accept his presence. Getting so close to the elephants means that Bert has been able to get to know them and observe these secretive animals close up. What he has seen, and what this film will show is very special indeed.
International Wildlife Film Festival 2007, Montana, Best Human-Wildlife Interaction
Wildlife Asia Festival, Singapore, The Echidna Award
Best Conservation News & Documentary Emmy Awards, New York, USA, Finalist in Writing
News & Documentary Emmy Awards, New York, USA, Finalist in Sound & Music