Elephant Migration: Introduction (01:39)
Elephants from across northern Kenya gather in search of food and a mate. Scientists and filmmakers will follow the herd; some elephants have GPS collars.
Samburu National Reserve (03:41)
The team uses the reserve as a base and works with members of Save the Elephants. Elephant families journey up to 100 miles, but will leave for home ranges in 21 days. Researches track a group of bull elephants and a group of orphans.
Elephant Gathering (03:46)
Large groups of elephant families are on the reserve and bulls begin to arrive. Digital tracking shows the movements of 45-year-old Matt who is likely in must.
Must Bull (02:59)
Cameraman Bob Poole finds Matt resting and is careful in his approach. He confirms Matt is in must before Matt charges the vehicle.
Young Orphan Elephants (06:30)
Max Hug Williams locates the herd he once filmed before it was decimated by poachers. A few years ago, a young leader's inexperience put her orphan herd a risk. Habiba is a 13-year-old matriarch and first time mother to Zawati.
Mating Season (04:32)
Must bulls are constantly on the move and Poole finds Matt with a group of females; young males offer little competition. Edison, a 28-year-old male in full must, enters the reserve from the west.
Elephant Society (03:36)
Collar data reveals that Habiba is conservative in her movements. A large mature herd pushes them out of the shade. Habiba tries to lead her herd to more shade but encounters resistance from a young bull.
Use of Scent (03:49)
Matt searches for a mate in estrus. The elephant's trunk is one of the most sensitive noses in the animal kingdom. At base camp, a bull named Yeager investigates a collection of tracking collars of elephants killed by poachers.
Predator and Prey (04:40)
Williams follows Habiba and her herd into lion territory. The pride moves closer to the orphans and Zawati ventures away from the herd. A must bull chasing a female enters the scene, saving the lives of the orphans.
Finding a Mate (06:40)
Poole tracks Matt and finds him guarding a female. His jeep gets stuck as he tries to give Matt space; seven males follow the female and Matt.
Unusual Elephant Behavior (02:12)
A group of elephants feasts on weaver bird nests that contain eggs and chicks.
Successful Mating (03:39)
Matt leads the female to a secluded area and the two mate; the female will give birth in 22 months. Dominant bulls are increasingly rare.
Elephant Dispersal and Acceptance (06:05)
Elephants begin to leave the gathering for their home lands. Habiba leads her herd to a well-established herd and the families leave as one group. Review key elements of the film.
Credits: ature's Great Race: Part 1 (00:25)
Credits: ature's Great Race: Part 1
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