Synopsis

An indelible tale of friendship and commitment set against the luminous beauty of the Central African Rainforest. Together, elephant behavioral biologist, Andrea Turkalo, and indigenous tracker, Sessely Bernard, will be tested by the realities of war and the limits of hope for the majestic animals they have committed their lives to study and protect.

Elephant Path - Njaia Njoku presents three dramatically different perspectives on the civil war and poaching crisis that threaten the last wild herd of Forest Elephants.

Bayaka tracker Sessely Bernard is the primary voice of the film. The Bayaka are the often-marginalized, indigenous people of the Central African rainforest.

Andrea Turkalo, who has been studying the Forest Elephants of Dzanga Bai for the past 23 years, brings a field biologist’s perspective to the lives of the elephants.

As an eco-guard, Zephirine Mbele is on the front lines of the anti-poaching efforts and stands directly between the elephants and the rebel soldiers intent on profiting from the illegal ivory trade.


Elephant Path - Njaia Njoku could not have been made without the support, advice and expertise of those who have dedicated their lives to protecting and understanding the Elephants of Dzanga Bai...

Israeli Nir Kalron works in the secret world of private security contracting. His work with the World Wildlife Fund underscores the dire circumstances that the elephants face.

Zoologist and researcher Katy Payne's studies have shown that elephants use their low-frequency calls to coordinate their social behavior over long distances. Katy founded ELP in 1999, and was the leader of the project until 2006, when she officially retired. 

Behavioral ecologist Peter Wrege is the current director of the Elephant Listening Project and works to continue ELP’s research program in the equatorial rainforests of the Congo Basin.