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The incredible, bendable, twistable, expandable elephant trunk - Chase LaDue & Bruce A. Schulte

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As a breeze blows through the savannah, a snake-shaped tube stretches into the air and scans the horizon like a periscope. But it’s not seeing— it’s sniffing. Containing no bones and an estimated 40,000 muscles, an elephant trunk is one of the most versatile tools in the animal kingdom. Chase LaDue and Bruce Schulte detail the incredible capabilities of these agile appendages.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Chase LaDue, Bruce A. Schulte
  • Director Petya Zlateva, Compote Collective
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Storyboard Artist Petya Zlateva
  • Animator Petya Zlateva
  • Art Director Petya Zlateva
  • Compositor Alexander Daniel
  • Music BigBanda SoundScapers
  • Sound Designer Alexander Daniel
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma

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