What Is the Disneynature Special ‘Elephant’ Featuring Meghan Markle About?

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex returns to her roots for this Disneynature special. Recently, Disney+ debuted its original film, Elephant, a special created in support of the nonprofit organization, Elephants Without Borders. 

What is the Disneynature special, Elephant, about? How can fans of the former Suits cast member watch Disney’s film? Here’s what we know about Elephant and Disney’s streaming platform.

Disneynature and Disney+ released their original special, titled ‘Elephant’

Disney is back with more nature specials — one of which stars an elephant and the non-senior royal member, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as the narrator of her story. Elephant premiered exclusively on Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+, and features the story of one of the world’s largest living land mammals. 

This film is about an African elephant, Shani, “and her spirited son Jomo as their herd make an epic journey hundreds of miles across the vast Kalahari Desert. Led by their great matriarch, Gaia, the family faces brutal heat, dwindling resources, and persistent predators, as they follow in their ancestor’s footsteps on a quest to reach a lush, green paradise,” reads a synopsis.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

This Disneynature special was created in conjunction with Elephants Without Borders

When Disney+ debuted its film on April 3, Disneynature and the Disney Conservation Fund made a donation to help the species featured in the documentary. This was a donation to the nonprofit organization, Elephants Without Borders. 

“In recognition of Elephant, Disneynature and the Disney Conservation Fund are supporting Elephants Without Borders, an organization working in Botswana to ensure people and elephants thrive,” Disney said in a statement, according to E! Online

“Elephants Without Borders is working on strategies to protect Botswana’s elephant haven, helping to reduce human-wildlife conflict through education, economic development, and solutions that either redirect elephant migration away from people or provide communities with tools that help to protect themselves and their properties when elephants are nearby,” the statement continues. 

This wouldn’t be the first time that Disneynature made a donation along with a film’s premiere. When Disney debuted Born in China, they made a sizable donation to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) to protect pandas in their natural habitat.

What other Disneynature specials are on Disney+?

There are a few Disneynature specials available for streaming in honor of Earth Month. This April, Disneynature premiered Dolphin Reef exclusively on the streaming platform. That special features Star Wars and Thor actress Natalie Portman as the narrator.

Disneynature’s Penguins is available for Disney+ subscribers. Additionally, there are two specials that follow the filmmakers as they made Elephant and Dolphin Reef, titled In the Footsteps of Elephant and Diving with Dolphins respectively. 

Since Disney’s acquisition of National Geographic, award-winning television shows, documentaries, and movies produced by that studio are also listed in the Disney+ library. That includes Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, Free Solo, Jane, and the original series, The World According to Jeff Goldblum.

Elephant is available for streaming on Disney+. To learn more about this service and to subscribe, visit their website.