Devarshini Munsami walked away inspired from her first assigment as a journalist – covering a recent wildlife filmmakers congress in Durban.

PERHAPS extra hands could save a gentle, grey giant’s life? This was among questions asked and resolutions made on my first Roving Reporters assignment.

I was attending day one of the Nature Environment and Wildlife Filmmakers congress at Durban’s Botanic Gardens and I was struck by the need to conserve our environment and how film can make this happen.

Dr Paula Kahumbu, chief executive of Wildlife Direct Kenya, gave the keynote address.

It was like being back in a lecture at university – but a lecture like no other.

Kahumbu told about her personal encounters with elephants and about how elephant tales loom large in Maasai folklore.

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