SHOW RUNTIME10 x 24'
SHOW RUNTIME10 x 24'

Extreme Animal Transport – Elephants

EPISODE SYNOPSIS

Derek Milburn runs NGO Elephants Rhinos and People, which, over the course of a year will transport 250 elephants from South Africa to Mozambique via road. The current location of the herd is getting overcrowded which could eventually be dangerous to both elephants and people in surrounding villages. This first mission will involve 25-30 elephants the number will vary depending on how many ERP’s team find in the herd. Day one of the mission and the trucks get stuck in mud before reaching the elephants. A helicopter flies above darting the herd with a tranquilizer. They must dart the females first, to ensure the rest of the herd stay, darting a male accidentally means the herd could split and be lost altogether. They must be careful not to leave one of the family behind, this would mean disaster for the abandoned animal. The elephants are then lifted upside down with a helicopter onto their crates. They cross two border checkpoints crossing into Swaziland and Mozambique. Derek has his paperwork ready for the border security. There is no time to waste, he can’t have the elephants on the trucks longer than planned. It’s a 45-hour nonstop journey before they are released to their safe new home.