Gambling on Extinction

Jakob Kneser, Anne Pick, Tristan Chytroschek, a & o buero, Real to Reel | 2014 | 52 min.

2016 Official Selection

This is a story about greed and a merciless battle over a limited resource: Wild elephants and rhinos. Ivory and rhino horn have become lucrative commodities representing a $20 billion a year business, third after drugs and weapons. From the killing fields in Kenya and South Africa to the trading hubs of Vietnam and China undercover investigators, rangers, ex-poachers, conservationists and buyers, director Jakob Kneser exposes the lethal mechanisms of the global trade, the terrorist connection, explains who the customers are, what generates demand, and what can be done to stop the slaughter.

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