The Secret Life of Elephants

The Secret Life of Elephants is a BBC nature documentary series following the lives of elephants and the work of the conservation charity Save the Elephants in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. It was first transmitted in the United Kingdom on BBC One in January 2009 to 4.2 million viewers.[1]

The Secret Life of Elephants
Region 2 DVD cover
GenreNature documentary
Narrated bySarah Parish
Composer(s)David Poore
Abbie Lathe
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes3
Executive producer(s)Sara Ford
Producer(s)Holly Spearing
Nigel Pope
Production location(s)Kenya
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)BBC Natural History Unit
Animal Planet
Original networkBBC One
Picture formatSD: 576i (16:9)
Audio formatStereo
Original release14 January (2009-01-14) 
28 January 2009 (2009-01-28)
External links

The three part series follows the lives of African elephants in Samburu, Northern Kenya, focusing on the stories of individual elephants to show the most dramatic moments of their lives.[2] Their hidden world is revealed, from the complexities of family life and their intelligence to the depth of their emotions. The series also follows the work of father and daughter Iain and Saba Douglas-Hamilton and their Save the Elephants team, which includes tracking elephants, fitting tracking collars and developing the relationship between humans and elephants.


The series was released on DVD by BBC Worldwide on 9 February 2009.


  1. "4.2m interested in 'Life of Elephants'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
  2. "The Secret Life of Elephants – behind the scenes of the filming". BBC Wildlife. Archived from the original on 10 October 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2009.

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