Daphne Sheldrick’s life story option

Elephant rescuer extraordinaire

by empire |
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Baby Elephants: also known as a guaranteed cute factor for any film. Walt Disney knew it and now so does New Line.

The company is developing a film based on the life of Daphne Sheldrick, whose pioneering work in saving orphaned trunk-swingers has already been chronicled in the BBC documentary Elephant Diaries.

During the last 30 years, Sheldrick has lived and worked in Nairobi National Park, opening her home as a nursery for baby pachyderms and creating a substitute milk formula for them, before training them up to return to the wild.

She also had to deal with the 1977 death of her husband David, who was a leader in the fight against elephant poaching. Naturally, several studios wanted her story – who doesn’t want to find the next Born Free or March Of The Penguins – but New Line won the deal and is now hunting for a writer and director.

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