Unforgettable Elephants, which chronicles nearly two decades in the lives of a family of African elephants, premieres tomorrow, April 1, at 8 pm on PBS.
Filmmaker Martyn Colbeck follows Echo, the matriarch, and her clan, who all move, eat, rest, and care for offspring together. He documents their intricate system of communication, which includes vocalizations, seismic signals they can feel with their feet, and synchronized freezing, where they all simultaneously become motionless for several seconds in order to better hear and smell what’s going on around them. He also offers a window to their emotions, including love, grief, rage and compassion. I cried just reading about it.
Tune in and find out what elephants do when they’re not working for The Cruelest Show on Earth.