Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale Premiers at Seattle International Film Festival

On June 5th and 6th, Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale premiers at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Learn more about the film at

The feature length documentary from Vulcan Productions and Off the Fence tells the incredible, true-life story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the wilderness of Botswana. When she's suddenly orphaned at one month of age, it's up to the humans who look after her herd to save her life.

Set in epic landscapes across the continent, the film is filled with both inspiring and harrowing stories. We stay close to Naledi's unforgettable caretak­ers as they come to her rescue: delighting in her antics when she's well, working frantically to keep her alive when she's on the brink. We witness firsthand the challenges that elephants face today as our team struggles against the impossible: from poisoned arrows flying from the hands of poachers to the unrelenting wave of human development that's crashing across the land.

This one elephant's story is both intimate and epic, and brings humans and elephants together in a way unlike any film before it has ever done. It's a jour­ney of tragedy and triumph that inspires laughter and tears, and which reveals the remarkable inner life of an animal as complex as any human, and as iconic as Africa itself.

Dr. Mike Chase with sweet natured Naledi at his research station in the Okavango Delta. 

Dr. Mike Chase with sweet natured Naledi at his research station in the Okavango Delta. 

One of Naledi’s guardians, Dr. Mike Chase is also the principal investigator for Paul G. Allen’s Great Elephant Census, the first pan-African census flown in 40 years counting Africa’s remaining elephants. As one baby elephant fights to survive in the Okavango Delta, across Africa, thousands of others are in an equally dangerous fight against poaching, human-elephant conflict and habitat encroachment that threatens bring this iconic species to extinction. 

The fight to protect endangered species is a cornerstone of Paul G. Allen's conservation work. His approach to conservation is multi-disciplinary, which allows his company Vulcan Inc. to leverage all of the organization’s expertise in technology and data, storytelling and public policy to tackle nuanced global issues. By combining public engagement with data-driven philanthropy, Mr. Allen’s goal is to change the value proposition around ivory by simultaneously raising consumer awareness of the threats that wild elephants face due to poaching, and encouraging governments around the world to enact and enforce ivory bans.  

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