Echo: An Elephant to Remember
Video: Full Episode

Echo, Africa’s most famous elephant, was the subject of many films and the matriarch of perhaps the most studied wild elephant herd in the world. In May of 2009, she died of natural causes. This film is a look back at this remarkable animal through extraordinary footage and interviews with the researchers that cared for and studied Echo and her family. Buy the DVD. This episode premiered October 17, 2010.

  • TEFinnegan

    I just finished watching on PBS – Houston and was going to share on facebook. It is a wonderful & powerful story. Hope it is up & running soon. Thank you.

  • Walter Barnett

    What a wonderful story. How would one go about finding out the music
    that was used? It was beautiful.

    Walter in Houston

  • Burt

    An ABSOLUTELY Amazing story. If only the Human species had that much character and Integrity. Thanks for the show.

  • Elisa Martin

    A wonderful Elephant and an even better story of this remarkable Elephant and her struggles..The photography and story..leave a place in the heart…thank you

  • Fernando Alexis Bernabe

    Echo the Elephant episode film its been portraited in my family as very compassionated animal that unfortunately we don’t see this in human that often. But with Echo we shall be as many different species are showing us lately because these all new technologies happen to be around with filmmakers with huge honing talent hone-in to us.

  • jarman168

    I just love watching the Nature Shows, I ‘m rewatching this that aired on WOUB last night. it was heart brecking to learn that ECHO had passed away.

  • Del Barehand

    This was one great matriarch, I have watched her on some of her episodes captured on film and to watch her demise was heart breaking. My hat’s off to her and the wonderful researchers who stayed with her through her last 30 some years.l
    Thank you PBS.

  • richard odom

    The video looks fine. It was Eliot that nudged Martin’s camera, wasn’t it?t He was followed by Ebony, who didn’t give the range rover a nod, so far as I could see, which wasn’t much. But the video is good. I’m grateful PBS made it available so soon after the premier of it.

  • Suzie

    I find it interesting that people commenting are not concerned about the AGW that is causing
    the drought that is killing these magnificent creatures.
    Our American consumption of coal and cattle are killing animals on the other side of the world.

  • amanda heide

    The show on Echo & her family touched my heart. I never knew elephants were such emotional creatures. Gentle Giants. AWESOME PBS!

  • Darlene Weege

    I learned so much about the emotions of these beautiful elephants and I learned so much about the emotions of the beautiful soul of Cynthia and I witnessed the bond between Cynthia and the elephants. It was a study that reached beyond the scientific and moved toward a study of spirituality, love and the oneness of all living things. I have learned what it means to be a good mother and a nurturing and protective matriarch and I received this gift from Echo. Thank you Cynthia, Cynthia’s team and PBS.

  • Deezo

    Amazing story.

  • Janet

    Loved the piece as seen on KQED-SF, CA. last night It was amazing!!

  • Margaret

    I watched this video last night at home and couldn’t wait to come to school and show it to my students with special needs for their science lesson. We always talk about animals and I knew they would love to meet Echo and her family. I was right, my students loved watching the movie and were all moved by the tenderness of the giant elephants of Africa. Thank you deeply!

  • Fred

    to Walter…the music for the film was specifically written for the show, You cannot find it any where else.

  • Diana

    Can’t watch this without feeling wonderful and also crying….Bless you PBS!

  • Megan Hustmyer

    Wonderful story, even more so knowing that it’s all true! I hope to become a nature filmmaker when I get old enough. I want to film the elephants too! And a job well done to Synthia and all of the other experts, may Echo’s family perservere! :)

  • Phyllis

    Thank-you so much for airing the story of Echo and her family. I was deeply touched. It’s
    sad to think about all the amazing other animal stories we may never know about God’s creatures. My heart is still weeping for Echo.

  • Ellie

    Oh, Echo. I’ve watched you through the years on PBS and am so sad to see you go. Godspeed, gentle matriarch.

  • Barb Grimes

    I am touched deeply by animals and the struggles they endure from nature and from man. We must continue to learn from them. Love, loyalty, and gratitude.

  • Amanda

    I missed seeing it on tv, so I came to watch it here. The end seems to abruptly cut off in mid sentence. Is there a part two?

  • Christine Neil

    I was so excited to see that the final story about Echo and her demise were to be on Nature this past month. I was also deeply disapointed that another story aired in it’s place. I live in Ontario, Canada, but watch PBS constantly. Nature, Nova, Independent Lense are my favorites. What happened and can I find out when this story will be aired on my PBS station WNEDD? I have followed Echo on PBS and Animal Planet and would like to see the final chapter in her life. It’s a truly amazing story. Thanks so much.

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  • Deborah

    Elephants have such majesty and integrity is the right word. How can Echo teach all of us her lessons of true caring and kindness and survival.

  • Dolores McDaniel

    … you have been gone from us for 18 months now… tonight I watched (your video) .. I watched you lead your family to safety for the third time since you passed .. and every time I watch this emotional video… my heart breaks and my tears flow freely .. I still miss you Echo and I always will .. NAMASTE sweet Echo… Namaste.

  • Michael Ellis

    Thank you for such a moving story.

  • PhDrSeuss

    such a beautiful story.

  • echo2

    it’s so sad.i’ve only seen a corpse once.

  • Buckoroo

    Everybody Please, Please Pledge a little Something.
    We all pay for our TV service.
    To see what a $1.00 a month can do.
    You could only ]see on PBS.

  • maria

    whenever I watch an episode on tv i just gotta watch it again here. I can’t get enough of this show I love nature hope it doesn’t come a point where they have to cancel the show because i will be depressed.

  • Beverley Pervan

    Interaction between different species is a wonderful thing to see. When rehabbing wildlife in the Kalahari we saw this all the time. Do take a look at the video of the fox and cat and also the story of our dog (boerbull) and jackal pups on our website To see different species interact should teach us all something about sharing our planet with all.

  • Patty

    By far the best Nature Show I have ever seen…so much can be learned from Echo and her family…and applied to the human family, particularly, the importance of the legacy that we leave our children and grandchildren…

  • jane

    yup – i cried. more than once. beautiful elephants really are amazing and so is the woman in this film (should have said “womEn”)

  • melanie

    Amazing story. Thanks for sharing :)

  • david lopez

    my second time i have watched this video and still comes across as fresh and rewarding – only if the human species could be so devoted to each other – only if we could come together and bring peace and work together to make it a better world! Love you echo – may you be in the heavens !

  • Jessica Bohaty

    #5. “Some images depict the pedobear snatching a little girl…”

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  • Yayenia

    My love for elephants began before I can even remember, and watching this video has done things to me emotionally that you rarely get from the media these days, and it has only increased the love and admiration I have for these beautiful creatures. Thank you for posting this.

  • Andrea V DiChristina

    Here is a link, for scheduled days.

  • Catherine H

    I watched the episode again tonight–and I think I was more moved this time around. I wonder what has become of Echos’ since her death. I worry about the effects of poaching, habitat loss and severe drought. Yet while watching Echos’ remarkable story, I was reminded how incredible these true wonders of nature really are. Shame on the poachers and anyone who brings harm or hardship to those amazing creatures. The more I learn about Echo–and all elephants-the deeper I am affected. The music in this story touched my heart in so many ways. Like the comment above from Oct 2010 Walter in Houston, I too am very curious about the music. Each time I watch this episode, I get more curious and want to have it at home. For now, I checked the Production Credits -Music was about 2/3 way down the list. It’s a start–if and when I find out more definitive information about the music, I will share any details I get. Rest In Peace Echo-you are greatly loved and missed

  • Catherine H

    I had to do some research while watching “Echo” again tonight -this time I paid closer attention to the beautiful musical score. I saw a few comments from viewers regarding the music. Lucky for me, each episode has the
    Production Credits ( easy to read too).So here is what I found out–I especially hope Walter B. in Houston ( 2nd comment above) reads this one day.
    “Echo” An Elephant to Remember” MUSIC BY David Mitcham ( his web site is I already sent him an email. According to his site, he also scored the music for Echo: An Unforgettable Elephant, which in 2011 won the Best Of Festival awards at the Missoula Wildlife Film Festival and the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival. AND
    CELLO SOLO by Kate Gould. She is a member of the London Bridge Ensemble–their web site is I will send her an email asap.
    I wanted them each to know what an amazing and touching job they each did “for Echo”. I try to remember to give credit where it is due–and who doesnt enjoy a touching compliment?!
    I just wish I could tell Echo what effect she had on me–she has taught –and touched me-in so many ways. What a truly amazing creature she was. Now if I can find some updates on her family… I wonder how each and every one of them fared after Echo left this world

  • Paul Wickey

    At the 24:47 mark, Echo’s daughter Elliot (?), who is described by the cameraman as “a bit of a leader”, walks up to the cameraman on the right side of the Land Rover and, gently but specifically, touches the tip of her tusk to the bright metal support rod for the camera’s long lens, and leaves it there for about 5 seconds. This does not seem to be a random choice for her to touch. Later, at about 25:20, the camera can be viewed from the side, Elliot’s original viewpoint, and the support rod stands out, looking not unlike a gun barrel. Could Elliot be aware of guns and the havoc they can wreak? Could this be a wordless inter-species question from one intelligent animal to another, to wit: “Is this a gun? Can I trust you not to hurt us”?

  • Suzanna Wildebac

    Most touching film I have ever seen!

  • David Zukerman

    I’m emotional amazed…the tireless crew, dedication, filming, music..God bless you all !!!!
    Spirit has always lead me to all animals, birds. Recently, viewed Elephant poaching for Ivory lead to Tunisian,
    China Governments. Buddists Monks are thankful for leaving their Ivory for them. Hipocrats against humanism.
    I wish I could assist you combating destruction of these majestic spirits for the greed of Ivory.
    Thank you for the exposure of the lives, investigation, protection the African Parks.

  • Momi T

    I’ve always loved elephants. These giant creatures moving gracefully across the plains. The story of Echo resonates with anyone who cares for a loved one. Thank you Echo for letting us into your life of caring and resilience as you led your herd. Thank you scientists, film crew, and women who helped make this happen.

  • gerardo zavala

    bautiful episode..Echo was amazing..

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