The Search for the Knysna Elephants
1 x 52 mins
Very little is known about the elephants of the Knysna Forest. It is difficult to study an animal that you cannot find; some even doubt their existence.
Hunted almost to extinction by the early 20th century, the last remaining members of the massive herds that roamed the southernmost areas of Africa instinctively knew that they had to adapt in order to survive.
Within a generation or two, they had developed specialised skills to enable them to live in the kind of vegetation where they could avoid the hunter’s gun. They learnt to survive on a different diet, most significantly of all though, they became masters in the art of silence and stillness, becoming almost ghost-like, avoiding any contact with man. Gareth Patterson started research on these elephants seven years ago, with the aim to discover how many actually still remain.
In this documentary, we follow the search for the proof of these elephants’ existence in the Knysna Forest. We trail the Forestry Guards as they gather the evidence needed to unravel the mystery of these highly evolved creatures.
HONORABLE MENTION: For Graphics & Animation – IWFF 2010