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Humans and Elephants

An eco-tourist realized his experiences visiting elephants in national parks and sanctuaries in Cambodia and Sri Lanka have unintended consequences.

  • Alexander Leonard
    Founder of AL Media
  • Cody Dodds
    Freelance Animator living in London, Canada
  • Millie Young
    Freelance Animator living in Ayutthaya, Thailand
  • Richard Sok
    Freelance Animator living in London, Canada
  • Chandima Fernando
    Ecologist & GIS Specialist for SLWCS
  • Chathuranga Dharmathne
    Research Scientist for SLWCS
  • Jessica Cordes
    Volunteer Coordinator alongside Elephant Conservation Centre in Laos
  • AL Media
    Video Production Studio in London, Ontario
  • Think Elephant International
  • Alex Leonard
    Director, Audio Engineer, Narrator
  • Ben Durham
    Co-Founder of Defiant Sheep Productions
  • Alex Leonard
    Audio Engineers
    Director, Editor, Narrator
  • Lliam Buckley
    Audio Engineers
    Founder of Corduroy Studios
  • Elephant Conservation Center - Sayaboury, Lao
    Conservation Parks and Centres
    2017 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor
  • Elephant Valley Project - Mondulkiri, Cambodia
    Conservation Parks and Centres
    Featured by National Geographic, BBC, Lonely Planet, World Animal Protection, and more.
  • Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society - Wasgamuwa, Sri Lanka
    Conservation Parks and Centres
    Internationally recognized research for Project Orange Elephant
  • Save Elephant Foundation - Chang Mai, Thailand
    Conservation Parks and Centres
  • Krystle Millo
    Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Celine Gibert
    Elephant Conservation Center
  • Anne Boyd
    Voice Talent
  • John Leonard
    Voice Talent
  • Kelly Peckham
    Special Thanks to
    My Mentor
  • David Oulette
    Special Thanks to
    Leap Junction
  • Kelsey Currie
    Special Thanks to
    Leap Junction
  • Alex Leonard
  • Axel Thesleff - "Bad Karma"
    Music Credits
  • CHEE - "Get Hot" ft. Noclu
    Music Credits
  • ZIMT - "Sri Lanka"
    Music Credits
  • Youtube Audio Library
    Music Credits
  • Epidemic Sound
    Music Credits
  • Motion Array
    Music Credits
  • Adobe Stock Audio
    Music Credits
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student, Other
  • Genres:
    Short Documentary, Environmental, Wildlife, Conservation, Travel, Drama, Research based
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Sri Lanka
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    DJI Mavic Pro, Sony Camcorder
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • International Peace Awards
    Official Nomination
Director Biography - Alexander Leonard

"Humans and Elephants" is the debut film made by Alex Leonard, a current graduate student at Western University in London, finishing his Masters in Environmental Sustainability.

The film has been 8 years or so in the making, following Alex's journey as an elephant ambassador visiting numerous research facilities, sanctuaries, and national parks. The documentary follow's Alex narrative as he discovers the significance and impact of both tourists and local people in their relationship to elephants.

From fundraising in highschool for a sanctuary to traveling at 18 years old visiting the Elephant Valley Project in Western Cambodia, Alex has had several experiences interacting with elephants. Over the years, Alex always kept a camera by his side, which has helped bring the film to life. Alex has fundraised for elephants in Montreal through art sales, presented about their wellbeing in Canada and the UK, conducted research in Sri Lanka, and now created a film about the topic to help educate others.

Elephant conservation has always been a film that Alex has been passionate about and he now hopes to continue his objective of sharing that love for these sentient beings with others.

Humans and Elephants is a compassionate and surprising story about the role that both elephants and humans have on each other in shared spaces over time.

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Director Statement

Humans and Elephants is a short documentary told through multiple perspectives, revealing the shortcomings and successes of elephant tourism throughout parts of Asia.

I would love to hear from you and what you took away from my documentary!

You can reach me at 519-902-0340 in Canada or via email at from anywhere.

I hope that you consider my film eligible for your film festival. I am focusing to start by submitting my film to environmental film festivals in hopes that it is picked up to help raise awareness.

I wanted my film to spark a larger conversation about tourism and the impact people have, to make them more considerate when abroad next.