Nature (Season 36) – Naledi: One Little Elephant

Production Biographies

Air date: 10/04/2017

Naledi:  One Little Elephant



Dr. Mike Chase, Ph.D., has been studying the ecology of elephants in Botswana for nearly 15 years and in 2007 read for a doctorate specifically in elephant ecology. During his studies, he founded Elephants Without Borders. Working with Paul Allen, he conceptualized the Great Elephant Census and is serving as the survey’s primary researcher. Much of his childhood was spent in the bush accompanying his father on safaris. Eager to conserve Africa’s wildlife and wild places, Dr. Chase embarked on an academic career in conservation ecology.

Dr. Chase is continually searching for novel and creative ideas for progressive research, which will impact conservation in a timely and meaningful way. He has provided new data on the status of elephants and other wildlife, identified cross-border corridors and discovered new migration routes. His work has been published in scientific journals, magazines and news articles.



In his home city of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Wellington began working with elephants in 1995. He is considered an expert in elephant interaction and management, and was brought on to support Abu Camp’s efforts in positive reinforcement interaction as well as his experience preparing elephants for reintroduction to the wild.

Welly’s many accomplishments include the successful release of previous Abu Herd members Gikka and Naya, as well as ensuring the survival and welfare of the Abu Herd’s newest member, baby Naledi. A true elephant man, Welly most enjoys spending time walking with the elephants as they explore their natural habitat, and especially watching Naledi mature with hopes she will grow into a healthy and happy adult elephant.