And, miraculously, we see the Trust helping its now-grown orphans transition back to the wild, join wild herds and discover on their own the true joy of being a wild elephant. It's a triumph - and a particularly important one, for Kenya needs all the wild elephants it can get right now.
As "Gardeners of Eden" shows, elephants are not only intelligent, emotionally complex beings, but also keystone species in their environment. Their foraging and roaming keeps their entire ecosystem intact - from the grasses and trees, to the other animals who share their home. Elephants are gardeners, and our planet depends on them.
"Without elephants, a lot of other species would go extinct," Dame Sheldrick explains.
Ultimately, "Gardeners of Eden" is a film filled with moments of heartbreak and outrage, but also joy. We dare you not to feel even just a little delighted when a young precocious orphan swings and shakes his trunk mischievously at the camera. And if you're not moved when you hear the orphans' keepers talk about their charges with such tenderness, empathy and compassion ... well, then, you might not be entirely human.