The series producer is Alexis Girardet and executive producer is October Films managing director Adam Bullmore. The commissioning editors for Channel 4 are Gilly Greenslade and Daniel Fromm.
Channel 4 announces new series "Walking with Elephants", produced by October Films. The 3x60’ series will follow Levison Wood, passionate explorer, conservationist, author and presenter of “Walking the Nile” and “Walking the Americas”, on a totally new kind of adventure. Led by the elephants themselves, rather than a compass or a map, this series promises to be Lev’s wildest and most thrilling journey yet as he treks alongside these magnificent animals on their annual migration across Botswana.
Each year, thousands of elephants head to the Okavango Delta, to feed on its lush vegetation, in one of biggest natural events on Earth. Levison will travel over 650 miles, following the elephants on their epic migratory route by foot to gain brand new insight into this still mysterious journey – one that the elephants have done for millennia, but which no person has done on foot.
It's a journey fraught with risks and dangers and one that is increasingly seeing the elephants coming under threats both natural and man-made. Along the way, Levison will work with local trackers and anti-poaching units to give us unprecedented access and insight to the dangers these resilient animals must overcome, including poachers, predatory wildlife and dehydration to arrive at their final destination.
Following the migration route from the salt pans of the Kalahari Desert where the epic journey begins to the nutrient rich lands of the Okavango Delta, the visually stunning series Walking with Elephants gives us a deeper understanding than ever before of the majestic elephants of Botswana.
“Walking with these magnificent animals was a dream come true. It was an opportunity to really understand up close how this remarkable species survives against the odds. Spending time with local Botswanans provided a fascinating insight into the lives of communities that live alongside the elephants and who have to deal with the difficult consequences of life on the frontline of human-wildlife conflict,” said Levison.