An elephant is SLAUGHTERED every 15 minutes.
AT THIS RATE Elephants in the wild could be extinct in 12 years.
African terrorist groups such as al-Shabaab, The Lord's Resistance Army, Boko Haram and Janjaweed use the sale of illegal ivory to carry out attacks.
Trafficking in endangered species is the 4th largest illegal business in the world after drugs, weapons and humans.
19 rangers have been killed in action since 2006 PROTECTING GARAMBA NATIONAL PARK IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. TODAY, UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF african parks, THERE ARE 140 rangers IN GARAMBA RISKING THEIR LVES everyday to protect the park and its wildlife.
The world's park ranger services took more casualties in the line of duty in the last year alone (more than 150 casualties) than the us has lost to combat deaths in iraq since 2010.
Garamba's elephant population has fallen by 90%, from 20,000 in the 1960's to FEWER THAN 1,300 today. in 2012, 22 elephants were killed in a helicopter attack by poachers who hacked off their tusks. in 2014, poachers killed 68 elephants, including ones without tusks, in two months from mid-april.
Garamba was the last natural habitat of the northern white rhino. today only three REMAIN ON THE PLANET IN CAPTIVITY.
Now is the time to come together and put an end to ivory-funded terrorism by supporting african parkS' rangers.
AFRICAN PARKS MANAGES PROTECTED AREAS ON BEHALF OF GOVERNMENTS ACROSS AFRICA. THEY HAVE THE LARGEST COUNTER-POACHING FORCE FOR ANY ONE NGO PROTECTING AFRICA'S WILDLIFE.
The Protectors, Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes, is a documentary short shot in Virtual Reality that chronicles a day in the life of a ranger in Garamba National Park, managed by African Parks, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These rangers are often the last line of defense in a race against extinction at the hands of poachers slaughtering elephants for their ivory tusks. The rangers face constant danger and even death, at the service of these sentient, noble creatures. Rangers are truly the unsung heroes in this race against time.
Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (“Last Days,” “The Hurt Locker”) and VR creator Imraan Ismail (“The Displaced,” “Valen’s Reef”) have co-created The Protectors in partnership with African Parks, National Geographic Channel, Here Be Dragons - one of the leading innovators in VR spherical filmmaking, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, known for their critically acclaimed films including “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Her,” “Foxcatcher” and “American Hustle”.
The Protectors will be released in 2017 by National Geographic.
African Parks is a conservation NGO that takes on the direct, long-term management of national parks and protected areas in partnership with governments to save wildlife, restore landscapes and ensure sustainable livelihoods for local communities.
The Enough Project seeks to create real consequences for the perpetrators and facilitators of mass atrocities, armed groups and violent kleptocratic regimes that are fueled by grand corruption, transnational crime and terror, and the pillaging and trafficking of ivory, minerals and natural resources.
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Kathryn Bigelow’s VR Documentary Short On Ivory Poaching Set At Nat Geo Channel
National Geographic Channel announced production of its first virtual reality documentary short film, The Protectors, co-created by Oscar-winning director Kathyrn Bigelow (Last Days, The Hurt Locker) and VR creator Imraan Ismail (The Displaced, Valen’s Reef). The project, according to Nat Geo, will expose the dangerous and grueling reality faced by rangers protecting African elephants from ivory poachers. The 8-minute VR film will be made in partnership with Here Be Dragons (formerly Vrse.works), and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures.