At Zambia's Game Department Headquarters at Chilanga ten miles from Lusaka a unique experiment in the domestication of wild game is taking place.
CS 'Game and Fisheries Dept' Notice Board at their Chilanga Headquarters about the miles from Lusaka.
MLS Office buildings at H.Q. Various shots of Eland in Paddock just before feeding time.
MS 'Mother' cow'.
MS President arrives and is met by Chief Game Ranger Bill Bainbridge.
MS Walking towards paddock, Pres. and C.G.R.
CS President and C.G.R. looking.
MCS Game being derived from paddock through crush into feeding paddock.
MS Young Eland is coaxed up road into feeding paddock.
MS President feeding Bull Eland. Various shots of Eland in feeding paddock.
CS Game Guard saluting as President arrives.
MS Assistant coaxes Eland toward President with bowl of grain. Various shots of Eland feeding and being fed by hand.
MS President and party standing beside crush.
LS Eland Bull stands quietly beside paddock fence.
CS to MLS 'Mother' cow in F.G. with Eland in B.G.
LS President stands with bowl of grain tempting Eland to feed.
MS President and party leave paddock through crush.
CS President gets in to car.
MS PAN R. to L. Presidential car leaves.
MS The President has left and the children play - two children have a ride on 'Mother Cow' - they nearly fall off (two shots).
CS Close shot duiker in pen.
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Background: At Zambia's Game Department Headquarters at Chilanga ten miles from Lusaka a unique experiment in the domestication of wild game is taking place.
Research into the problems involved in domesticating Eland has started with the introduction of the first time herd of Eland into extensive paddocks, where with their 'mother' cows they are settling down to a quiet life.Their habits, reactions to various diets, and their wants will be closely studied as these may have considerable importance in parts of Zambia which are at present unsuitable for cattle ranching, either because they are infested by tsetse fly or for other reasons can not be developed as cattle or ranching land.
The present small herd will form the nucleus of a breeding herd which will be available to a Canadian biologist due in Zambia towards the end of the year bringing with him specialised equipment to study domestication of wild game animals.
To ensure that the animals become as docile as possible they are given personal attention, and President Kaunda of Zambia is adept at hand feeding them, while the animals evidently are not frightened of him.The fact that the animals have been on paddocks with 'Mother' cows has been a major factor in allaying their fear of man.They become to lose their fear of man.The cow doesn't worry - why should they.