Elephants Up Close - Gentle Giants

Africa’s elephants are giants and the largest land mammals to grace our Earth. The majority of the world’s elephants live in Botswana — more than 130,000 animals. They are sensitive, helpful and gentle. How do they communicate with each other? And why do hundreds of them appear at a specific location simultaneously? Where their paths cross with those of humans, worlds collide and conflicts happen. Can there be a future together with elephants and humans?

For more than two years, award-winning filmmakers Thoralf Grospitz and Jens Westphalen travelled through Africa’s south, always close on the trail of the gentle giants. With their two-part series Elephants Up Close, they paint a complex picture of “Africa’s icon” and reveal intimate insights into the lives of the world’s largest land mammals, rarely seen before.