Wildlife Direct CEO and filmmaker, Dr. Paula Kahumbu, expresses delight as her documentary, ‘Secrets of the Elephants,’ earns two nominations at this year’s PrimeTime Emmy Awards.
The UHD 4-part natural history series, crafted by Oxford Scientific Films for Disney Nat Geo, has been recognized in the categories of Outstanding Doc Series and Outstanding Cinematography.
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman, executive produced by James Cameron, and featuring the expertise of renowned National Geographic Explorer Dr. Kahumbu, the series not only unveils the extraordinary lives of elephant families across diverse ecosystems but also emphasizes their striking similarities to humans.
Ecstatic about the nominations, Kahumbu shared her excitement on social media, expressing her hopes for a win at the Emmys. She describes the experience as a “dream come true” and eagerly anticipates the awards ceremony in LA.
The documentary, which premiered on April 21, 2023, follows elephant families through deserts, savannahs, and rainforests, featuring destinations across Africa such as Central African Republic, Gabon, Kenya, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, and Zimbabwe. Asian highlights include Borneo, Thailand, and India.
The visually stunning series explores the emotional lives of elephants, revealing parallels with human emotions such as compassion, cooperation, empathy, generosity, grief, playfulness, and resilience. It sheds light on the strategic intelligence, advanced cognitive skills, profound memory, acute sense of smell, and intricate language communication of these majestic creatures.
The show unveils never-before-seen elephant behaviors, capturing them on film and sharing compelling facts, including the hyper-sensitive pads of their feet that can detect distant ground rumble.
Dr. Kahumbu, a Kenyan biologist and ecologist, is a passionate advocate for international wildlife conservation in Africa. She is also the producer and presenter of “Wildlife Warriors,” Africa’s first wildlife documentary series. Recognized as one of Africa’s prominent wildlife conservationists, she serves on the boards of WWF International and National Geographic. Additionally, she is the visionary behind the Hands Off Our Elephants campaign, recognized for its successful advocacy and engagement of the Kenyan people in supporting elephant protection.
The 75th annual Emmy Awards, originally postponed due to the 2023 US Actors and Writers strikes, will be broadcast on January 15, 2024.