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"Mind of a Giant" film screening and discussion
Presented with the National Zoo

 African elephants


Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and National Zoo invite you to a film screening as part of the 2018 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital!


MIND OF A GIANT (50 min)

Mind of a Giant explores what it is like to be a modern elephant surviving in a world of poachers, new human settlements, and other dangers. As a team of scientists struggles to find out how many elephants are left in Africa, they discover intriguing new behavior. In order to survive, the elephants are learning.

Revolutionary new research—a volume never before featured in a single film—reveals an astonishing behavior capability. Elephants are co-operating, problem-solving, and demonstrating self-awareness to fight for their lives.

Together with the top elephant scientists in the world, we learn that elephants are smarter than we ever knew before.

Followed by a Q&A discussion with Bryan Amaral, senior curator at the National Zoo and board of directors of the Elephant Managers Association, Nicole Edmison, collections mammalogist at the National Museum of Natural History, Shifra Goldenbergbehavioral ecologist with Save the Elephants, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and Colorado State University, and Josh Plotnik, featured expert in the film and founder of Think Elephants International.

This program is presented with the National Zoo as part of the 2018 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. To see other film screening offerings, please visit our Natural History on the Big Screen website.

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RSVP Information

Due to the nature of this event, all seating in the theater will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To help us prepare for this festival event, and to receive announcements concerning this event, please RSVP your interest in attending. Note that your RSVP is not a ticket, and does not reserve a seat for this festival.

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
National Zoo's Visitor Center Auditorium
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
United States

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