Echo: An Elephant to Remember

Published on 10th June 2017 by

Echo was the matriarch of a thriving family of elephants in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park and during her life was the most studied elephant in the world, she was the subject of several documentaries and books. Echo: An Elephant to Remember is a 2010 PBS documentary which looks back at the life of Echo, made to celebrate her life as she had passed away in 2009 at the age of 65.

Elephant expert Cynthia Moss and award winning filmmaker Martyn Colbeck had recorded the life of Echo over a period of four decades, following her trials and tribulations as well as her triumphs and to capture the intense loyalties and deep caring that are fundamental to all Elephant herds. Moss and Colbeck use their extensive archive of footage to share their memories of Echo and her family as they follow the fortunes of the relatives that she left behind as they tackle the worst drought for many years. Has Echo taught her herd enough for them to overcome the drought, and will they cope with the loss of their matriarch?


Elephant expert Cynthia Moss published book Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family in the year 2000 through University of Chicago Press, it chronicles the lives of the elephant families led by matriarchs Teresia, Slit Ear, Torn Ear, Tania, and Tuskless who all live in the Amboseli National Park.

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