Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and National Zoo invite you to a film screening at the Zoo's Visitor Center auditorium as part of the 2018 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital!
"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.
"Mind of a Giant" starts with an accidental discovery. 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, learn that elephants are smarter than anyone knew before.
The film screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Senior Curator at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and board of directors of the Elephant Managers Association, Bryan Amaral; Collections Mammalogist at the National Museum of Natural History, Nicole Edmison; Behavioral Ecologist with Save the Elephants, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and Colorado State University, Shifra Goldenberg; and featured expert in the film and founder of Think Elephants International, Josh Plotnik.This program is presented with the Smithsonian's National Zoo as part of the 2018 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. To see other film screening offerings, please visit the Natural History on the Big Screen website.
Due to the nature of this event, all seating in the theater will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To help the Zoo 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.
The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. Since 1993 its mission has been to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film.The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is the largest environmental film festival in the world, presenting 100+ films to audiences of more than 30,000. Filmmaker and topical discussions are an important part of the events which happen at museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters throughout the city. The Festival also presents a year-round screening series and community events. Learn more on the Festival's website.