REVEALED!! Elephant Narrated by Meghan Markle, a Disney Nature film will stream on Disney Plus beginning in April! Markle is going BIG for her return to Hollywood and is using her perfect voice and princess allure to do it.
This all comes on the heels of Prince Harry and Meghan’s return to England for their final royal engagements. In which the duchess dropped the fashion mic in one mesmerizing design after the other; for the whole world to see. Furthermore, in true fabulous fashion, Meghan is remaining high above any British press negativity; and continuing in her charitable and honorable acts towards the world and environment; with her latest assignment with Disney. How?
First and foremost it should be noted that neither Meghan or Prince Harry is being paid for Elephant. Meghan participated because she wanted to and due to the good it will do for elephants in general. Disney is donating funds to Elephants Without Borders. You may recall the couple visiting Botswana in 2016 and 2017 to help Dr. Mike Chase (founder of Elephants Without Borders) to help with the relief effort there. Therefore, Duchess Meghan had plenty of initiative and drive to be apart of this well-kept secret of Disney.
Elephant Narrated by Meghan Markle-Disney Nature Film for Disney Plus!
Nevertheless, this long-awaited project has been a quite “hush-hush” collaboration between the Duchess of Sussex and Disney Nature even on into 2020. However, the entertainment giant finally broke the silence once and for all. Disney took to social to announce today that not only was the project completed; but it would air in LESS than a week! The release? Elephant, a documentary that follows a herd of elephants during their trial some journey across the unforgiving desert.
Viewers are taken on an insiders look into just what elephants face during their “pilgrimage.” The audience is treated to getting to know members of the herd more intimately. The doc focuses on an elephant named Shani and her son, Jomo. The pair travel along with their herd across the “Kalashnikov” desert.
What desert? Okay, we have a confession, the desert in the doc is actually called the Kalahari desert. We’re glad you caught that. Now there are plenty of areas and regions in Africa that are well known. However, the Kalahari or “Kalashnikov” desert may not be one of them for a lot of people.
Therefore, we thought it would be cool to dip a toe in the educational pool in order to find out about this desert that is showcased in the film. Honestly, this Disney documentary will be most helpful; because there’s really not much information out there. A quick Google search will basically yield you nothing… well if you search incorrectly.
Not only will you not gain much info BUT you may even be left confused. Search up Kalashnikov Desert and you’ll mostly like see a range of knives and guns. To help one survive out in the desert (LOL). Definitely not what we’re looking for right?
Well, fortunately for you we went ahead and took the initiative to DIVE DEEP and see what we could find.
Elephant Narrated by Meghan Markle -Straight Facts
What’s causing the confusing between Kalahari and Kalashnikov? Wrong reporting for one thing, but also some wishing to associate the Kalashnikov part of history in Africa to the film. Maybe out of negativity, but we assure you that has NOTHING to do with the film itself so ignore those sites. To really get details, it’s better to look under Kalahari. Ready to learn? Read on!
The Kalahari desert is found in Botswana; see… more familiar and interesting already! The region is full of beauty and GREAT wealth. According to Wikipedia,
The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid sandy savanna in Southern Africa extending for 900,000 square kilometres (350,000 sq mi), covering much of Botswana, parts of Namibiaand regions of South Africa.
Kalahari is derived from the Tswana word Kgala, meaning “the great thirst”, or Kgalagadi, meaning “a waterless place”; the Kalahari has vast areas covered by red sand without any permanent surface water.
A semi-desert, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains, the Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert, such as the Namib Desert to the west. There are small amounts of rainfall and the summer temperature is very high.
Straight Facts (Continued)
What about the people? Who lives there? And if it’s so barren what type of wealth can be found there? Wikipedia continues,
The San people have lived in the Kalahari for [thousands of] years as hunter-gatherers. They hunt wild game with bows and poison arrows and gather edible plants, such as berries, melons and nuts, as well as insects. The San get most of their water requirements from plant roots and desert melons found on or under the desert floor. They often store water in the blown-out shells of ostrich eggs. The San live in huts built from local materials—the frame is made of branches, and the roof is thatched with long grass.
In 1996, De Beers evaluated the potential of diamond mining at Gope. In 1997, the eviction of the San and Bakgalagadi tribes in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve from their land began. [However] in 2006, a Botswana High Court ruled in favor of the San and Bakgalagadi tribes in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, claiming their eviction from the reserve was unlawful. The Government of Botswana granted a permit to De Beers’ Gem Diamonds/Gope Exploration Company (Pty) Ltd. to conduct mining activities within the reserve.
Elephant Narrated by Meghan Markle -A Journey Like No Other!
Very interesting huh? Well, there were even more fascinating things to learn on Wikipedia. So when you get a moment we highly recommend reading over the entire page. You’ll find the link a few paragraphs above this one, in case you missed you.
Furthermore, knowing more about the Kalahari also helps to paint a bigger picture of the documentary, Elephant. Watching animals may be exciting at a zoo, but this doc will be right up there. The herd shown in the film must face many challenges to survive.
Think about it… what would you need to do in order to survive a trek through a desert? Find food? Locate water? Watch over little ones as well as protect yourself from predators? No doubt you would have to do all of that and more.
These fearless elephants will have to do the “impossible” as well in order to achieve their goal. And make it across the desert with their matriarch, Gaia.
Sounds like quite a journey and quite a documentary! Therefore, be sure to catch it when it streams on Disney Plus beginning on April 3rd.
But Wait There’s More!
Not a fan of elephants? No worries, Disney Plus has many other offerings on the streaming table. Elephant will not be the only Disney Nature movie dropping on the streaming come April 3.
Dolphin Reef which is narrated by Natalie Portman will also premiere on the same day as Meghan Markle’s flick. Moreover, remember Penguins that hit theaters back in 2019? Well, it too will be released onto The Disney Plus streaming service on the same day as Dolphin Reef and Elephant.
Three releases on one day? Whew, Disney shows that are not slowing down for any reason. If people are home then will be sure to have plenty of content for us all to watch! But what about you? Will you be tuning into any of these documentary releases?