Elly Telly: The Secret Life of Elephants

Wed, 2009-01-14 21:52 by Jan

Radio Times
10—16 January 2009

My first experience of elephants was at six weeks old in Tanzania when, I’m told, a whoosh of warm air blew from a probing trunk inches away from my face, writes Saba Douglas-Hamilton.

The grass-scented gush must have embedded “elephant” firmly in my mind, for I’ve been captivated by them ever since. It wasn’t a chance meeting, as I was lucky to have an elephant-expert father [zoologist Iain Douglas-Hamilton] to teach me the ropes. He’s fought for their survival in the wild for more than 40 years, and it’s thanks to him that I’ve learnt most of what I know about elephants.