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Of Oozies and Elephants (2013)

| Documentary, Adventure
Scientists travel through Myanmar visiting elephants and their handlers, Oozies, who log forests sustainably. With unique access to logging camps and villages, the scientists find out how the Asian elephant can be saved from extinction.
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Calum Campbell-Jones Calum Campbell-Jones ... (voice)


Our film offers serious science in an amazing country with huge, humorous, gracious animals that are critically endangered. Myanmar,Burma, is the last country in the world using trained elephants and their handlers, men called Oozies, for 'selective logging' - taking out one tree at a time. It has saved the forests. Tragically the elephants are not maintaining their numbers. We follow a group of international scientists as they weigh, measure, take blood and semen samples, analyze hair and faeces and set up mini-labs in the camps. If they could find out why babies die young and adults do not breed successfully it might save the Asian elephant from extinction. Written by Anonymous

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An important and lovely film.
10 September 2014 | by carolineyappSee all my reviews

Asian elephants are an endangered species but this is not a depressing film. The touching relationship between the handlers (the Oozies), and these huge animals,is very moving, and sensitively handled.

We see the Oozies working with British and Burmese scientists, and with villagers, in painstaking, and often quite challenging, studies to find out more. That this work never becomes tedious is partly due to the informative commentary, which has a light touch that is never overly jolly.

This is a beautifully shot, thoughtful, and ultimately hopeful film, and should be seen a wide audience.

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