Celebrate World Elephant Day with National Geographic Wild

Celebrate World Elephant Day with National Geographic Wild on DStv and GOtv this August. They are smart. They are family-oriented. They remember forever. They have complex emotions and they look after each other. On 12 August 2019, National Geographic Wild has lined up a jumbo content block dedicated to these iconic tusked giants. Not only are they the biggest of the big five, but they are also the largest land mammal on Earth, weighing up to seven tons each.

Stomping off at 13:15 CAT, Elephant Queen follows the old elephant matriarch, Mensah, who must now take her young calf and the herd to safety, after the tragic death of her mother. She is their final hope and must lead them into their ancient feeding grounds. 

Botswana is home to more elephants than anywhere else in the world. It's the setting for a titanic battle. Every year, thousands of elephants trek over 7 000 miles in search of food and life-giving water. But the desert is a hostile place, especially as the dry season takes hold, so they must use their strength and cunning to survive. Along the way, they are shadowed by some of the most ruthless predators on earth - lions. Experience their remarkable lives in Elephant King of the Kalahari at 14:05 CAT.

Confronted by fire, famine, predators, and poachers, three elephant families overcome adversity in ways that feel almost human. An Elephant’s World,at 14:50 CAT follows the journeys of elephant herds in Kenya, India, and Mali as they migrate towards food and safety, using the knowledge shared over generations. We get a glimpse into the minds of elephants, seeing that their unique abilities to communicate, educate, and sympathize, provide them with extraordinary skills to survive.  

In Baby Elephant Rescue, at 15:38 CAT, a perilously ill and orphaned elephant calf has been found abandoned. He's the victim of the growing battle for space and resources between people and elephants in Sri Lanka. Will he be rescued in time? 

“We are in a unique position in Africa, in that our continent is home to thousands of these gentle giants. Their highly developed social structures carry lessons for us all. World Elephant Day is an opportunity to honour these incredible animals, highlight the threats that they face in an ever-changing world, and the need to protect them and their environment.” said Evert Van Der Veer, for Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company Africa.

Tune in to National Geographic Wild on 12 August 2019 and learn all about Elephants on DStv! For more information and to access your electronic program guide please visit: dstvafrica.com