For 27 years Nina the elephant lived in a private zoo in Kenya. Then in 1998 her owner approached Born Free. Nina was clearly frustrated by captivity and longed for companions of her own kind.
It is incredibly difficult to move an elephant and most people thought it would be impossible to return an elephant captive for so many years to the wild. But Born Free was determined to prove them wrong, assembling a team of experts and inviting the BBC to film the move for their popular ‘Born to be Wild’ TV series.
With the help of Born Free patron Martin Clunes the carefully planned move went ahead, with Nina's welfare the top priority.