Since this blog was first published, the links to CBS videos have been placed behind a paywall. They are still worth watching, but viewing them will cost you.
With the death of CBS’s Bob Simon, wild animals have lost a passionate advocate. Much of the reaction to Simon’s death in an automobile accident last week has focused on his work as a war and Middle Eastern correspondent and a longtime 60 Minutes reporter. But Simon’s wildlife stories were an especially important part of his body of work, stories that were clearly very personal for him as detailed in this interview: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/bob-simons-wild-kingdom-50107954/
Among the many wildlife reports that Simon did for 60 minutes are two that are meaningful for me. Both deal with special places for elephants, places I have been privileged to visit. First is the rainforest of the Dzanga Sangha Reserve in the Central African Republic where researcher Andrea Turkalo studies Forest Elephant communication. Second is Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphange in Kenya. Both of these reports are well worth watching.