I am cutting a nature doc about deforestation and I have hit a brick wall on a certain scene.

In this scene, we are in an elephant habitat and there are about 6 adult elephants that are bathing in the river and wrestling on the shore and in the jungle foliage (all CU or MCU). I have cut all of the specific actions, but I am wanting to convey some joy in these elephants. Everything for elephant vocals that I have is either vintage or a huge distressed bellow/scream.

Can anyone recommend a library or a private sale?

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Two resources to try:

  1. Ann Krober at Sound Mountain. She oversees a vast library of sounds that may or may not include playful elephants.
  2. The Macaulay Library. From their site:

The Macaulay Library is the world's largest and oldest scientific archive of biodiversity audio and video recordings. Our mission is to collect and preserve recordings of each species' behavior and natural history, to facilitate the ability of others to collect and preserve such recordings, and to actively promote the use of these recordings for diverse purposes spanning scientific research, education, conservation, and the arts.

Best of luck to ya -

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    I had not though of the Macaulay Library. Thanks @JayJennings. I got in touch with Ann Kroeber and Chris Watson. I think Chris might have me covered. Research has shown that, despite their appearance, elephants are pretty quiet creatures. Commented Feb 27, 2014 at 14:43

There's a database of elephant sounds at http://www.elephantvoices.org/ and you could try The Elephant Listening Project: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/BRP/elephant/

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