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MY WILD AFFAIR: The Elephant Who Found A Mom (New Series Premiere)

Daphne Sheldrick with Schmetty, an elephant - trunk kiss.
Courtesy of The Sheldrick's
Daphne Sheldrick with Schmetty, an elephant - trunk kiss.

Airs Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

MY WILD AFFAIR, a four-part series, reveals extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions, including an orphaned baby elephant, an orangutan raised as a human child, a rhinoceros raised in suburbia and a harbor seal that entered the human world but remained wild at heart.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Since the death of her husband, Daphne and her family have lived and worked in the Nairobi National Park, where they have built the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and its pioneering Orphans Project, into the global force for wildlife conservation that is today. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is on Facebook, and you can follow @DSWT on Twitter.

"The Elephant Who Found A Mom" - This is the heartbreaking story of Aisha, the baby elephant orphan, and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Their intense bond reaches a crisis point when Daphne leaves Aisha with a babysitter for a few days to attend her daughter's wedding. Aisha believes she has lost Daphne for good and refuses to eat, leading to her death. Heartbroken, Daphne uses the lessons learned from Aisha's short life to help her save more than 150 orphans over the next 40 years.


"The Ape Who Went To College" aired Wed., July 23 at 8 p.m.

"The Rhino Who Joined The Family" aired Wed., July 30 at 8 p.m.

"The Seal Who Came Home" aired Wed., Aug. 6 at 8 p.m.

Watch the full episodes below.