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Photograph by J.J. Kelley
Photograph by J.J. Kelley
Battle for the Elephants, a National Geographic film, explores the brutal slaughter of African elephants for their tusks, fueled largely by China’s demand for ivory. The film tells the story of how this charismatic and majestic land animal today faces market forces driving the value of its tusks to levels once reserved for gold.
This collection of short videos and educational resources provides information about elephants and the illicit trade that is undermining their future. Investigative journalists Bryan Christy and Aidan Hartley take you on a journey that examines the supply and demand sides of the ivory trade. With Christy you travel to China to see the thriving ivory market and the ancient tradition of ivory carving. Hartley takes you to Africa, where he gains rare access to ivory stockpiles and goes undercover to expose the criminal ivory trade network. You also witness the devastating effects of poaching on the behavior of surviving elephants.
Generous support for this education program provided by David H. Koch, Scott Asen, and the Charles Englehard Foundation.
These videos examine the illegal ivory trade, China's growing demand for ivory, and the devastating effects of poaching on Africa's elephant population.
Explore the physical characteristics and social behaviors of the African elephant.
Explore the issues of supply and demand that fuel the illegal trade in ivory, and go undercover to learn about the rising prices of black-market ivory.
Trace the history of the ivory industry around the world and recognize the deadly connection between the illegal trade in tusks and the decline of the elephant population.
Investigative journalists tell the story of who's selling and who's buying in the global ivory trade—and look at the ease with which ivory is smuggled out of Africa.
Explore the longstanding Chinese tradition of ivory carving and consider which is more valuable: the craft or the species.
Investigative journalist Aidan Hartley gains rare access to Tanzania's tons of stockpiled ivory, making him and his camera crew the first ever to document Tanzania's "ivory room."
Researchers in the Selous Game Reserve document the impact poaching is having on the elephant population—an impact that is seen in the changes in elephant behavior.
Discover an elephant conservation success story that employs game rangers from within the local community to stop poachers.