Nature celebrates the life of an elephant matriarch

Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

Echo led a remarkable life as matriarch of a family of elephants in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. As the most studied elephant in the world, her story provided incredible insights into the lives of elephants. She captured the hearts of millions and was the subject of several books and documentaries, including two Nature films. In the clip above, Echo organizes her family in order to rescue a baby elephant in trouble.

Echo died of natural causes at the age of 65 in May of 2009. In this final chapter of Echo’s story, Nature looks back at her remarkable journey, and takes a look ahead at the future awaiting her family in “Echo: An Elephant to Remember,” airing Sunday, Oct. 17 at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET2 and Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3/2 p.m. CT on KET. This portrait pieces together watershed moments in Echo’s life and examines the plight of her fragmented family in the wake of her death.

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