Nature: Echo: An Elephant to Remember
About This Episode
Echo, the remarkable matriarch of a family of elephants in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, was the most studied elephant in the world. For nearly four decades, elephant expert Cynthia Moss, and award-winning filmmaker Martyn Colbeck were on hand to record the trials and triumphs of Echo and her family. They documented the intense loyalties and deep caring that are so fundamental to all elephants, creating a moving record of a life we all can share.
Echo died of natural causes at the age of 65 in May of 2009, leaving the family she had cared for and guided for so long to face the worst drought ever recorded in Amboseli on their own. It was a final test of the years of Echo’s leadership. Had she taught them all they would need to survive without her? Could her wisdom continue to provide for them even after her death? Happily, Echo’s legacy lives on. Though other elephant families suffer devastating losses, her family is able to survive the drought, retaining her wisdom for future generations, keeping her memory alive.