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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.



Run Time

45 minutes


Dereck Milburn
Kester Vickery
Jana Meyer
Dr. Dave Cooper
Dr. Peter Rodgers

Directed by

Andrew Malcolm

Produced by

Dereck Milburn

Executive Producer

Andrew Malcolm


James Boon

Director's Bio

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.

Country of Origin

South Africa

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