Synopsis: Saving Giants presents “Malelane”, the story of a historic rescue effort to translocate five African elephants from inevitable death. In June of 2020 five elephants broke out of their reserve in Mpulanga, South Africa and began crossing a national highway. This posed an outstanding problem for South African authorities. Do nothing, and it was only a matter of time before a road accident occurred, which may come at the cost of a human life. For the government, two options remained. The first, to shoot the animals. The second, to attempt a lighting fast emergency rescue effort to move the animals to safety.
In an attempt to save the animals’ lives, a team of legendary conservationists, including Kester Vickery (Conservation Solutions), Dr. Dave Cooper (KZN Wildlife), Dr. Peter Rodgers, Dereck Milburn (Aspinall Foundation), and bush helicopter pilot Jana Meyer, mobilized a rescue party, with record setting speed. A project which would normally take months to plan, was mobilized in three days. The objective, to solve the problem by translocating the animals to safety before an accident or a rifle did. “Malelane” follows their story of ingenuity and perseverance over those three days.
Dr. Dave Cooper
Dr. Peter Rodgers
Andrew Malcolm is a travel and wildlife documentarian who is actively working with the Wildlife Emergency Fund, a South African based conservation organization, in the development of the wildlife series Saving Giants. He has previously directed a feature documentary titled “Discovery Mode”, filmed over a period of five months in South East Asia, profiling the phenomenon of Millennial travel. His upcoming projects include “Tukser”, a story of translocation some of Africa’s last remaining large tusked elephants, and “Somkhanda”, the story of the translocation of a bull elephant from one community reserve in South African, to another.