Stunning Nat Geo video shows wild elephants in their natural habitat in upcoming documentary 'Into the Okavango'
Marking the directorial debut of National Geographic photographer Neil Gelinas, the film earlier opened to an international audience at the Tribeca film festival.
'Into the Okavango', an upcoming National Geographic documentary featuring wild elephants in their natural habitat, premiered earlier this year at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and is slated to release in December. And ahead of its premiere on Nat Geo Wild later in the year, the network has released a stunning footage from the documentary shot and directed by Neil Gelinas.
An executive producer, director, cameraman and editor for the National Geographic Society, Gelinas spent over six years making 'Into the Okavango', his first feature documentary, that showcases the wild elephants in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Known for being home to the world’s largest population of African elephants, the majestic river delta (also a World Heritage site) in modern times, however, faces some serious threats owing to the increased human activity along the river region.
'Into the Okavango' attempts to shine the spotlight on these challenges, highlighting the importance of protecting the endangered species and bringing awareness to this unquestionably urgent need. While there's still some time before the documentary airs on Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic in the meantime has released a breathtaking video, offering a glimpse of the lush Okavango River Delta and the vast population of the majestic animals that inhabit the region.
Released in celebration of World Elephant Day (on August 12), the sneak peek into the upcoming Nat Geo documentary briefly reveals scenes of the African river basin, as Gelinas and his team of scientists, photographers, filmmakers, and African guides embark on their first epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition across three countries to save the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta, one of our planet’s last wetland wildernesses.
As it's known, the Okavango River Basin provides a vital source of water to about 1 million people, the world’s largest population of African elephants and significant populations of lions, cheetahs and hundreds of species of birds. However, this once unspoiled oasis is now under siege due to increasing pressure from human activity - the highlight of the Nat Geo documentary.
Marking the directorial debut of the National Geographic photographer, the film earlier opened to an international audience at the Tribeca film festival. Along with Gelinas, the film’s subjects - Adjany Costa, Steve Boyes and Water Setlabosha - were also reported to be in attendance.
However, for viewers worldwide, 'Into the Okavango' releases on Nat Geo Wild on Friday, December 14, at 9/8c.