(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/ELEPHANTS) Poaching and ivory trading poses serious ethical challenges for wildlife conservationists and animal activists. Studies show if current poaching trends continue, the African Elephant will be extinct within the next decade.  It’s crucial to expose this pressing issue to help save the species as we know it.

One feature documentary–set to be released in 2016–seeks to do just that. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions has teamed up with Red Bull’s Terra Mater Film Studios to create Ivory Rising, a film exposing the horrors behind poaching and ivory trading. Both film production agencies are committed to creating environmentally conscious films that invoke positive change.

African Nations use elephant poaching as a form of income. Photo credit: Jo Crebbin/Shutterstock
African Nations use elephant poaching as a form of income. Photo credit: Jo Crebbin/Shutterstock

The film documents the efforts of anti-poaching and rapid response units, high-risk undercover intelligence operations, and global initiatives to commit governments to end ivory trading.

CEO of Terra Mater Walter Köhler said in the following statement:

“We have already seen early footage from the undercover operations, and we know that we have a groundbreaking film in the making.”

Terra Mater Film Studios and Vulcan Productions announce the production of Ivory Rising. Photo credit: Mat Hayward/Getty Images
Terra Mater Film Studios and Vulcan Productions announce the production of Ivory Rising. Photo credit: Mat Hayward/Getty Images

Köhler ensures audiences that Terra Mater “will drive an extraordinary film to have an equally extraordinary impact,’ while adding, “It is our absolute intention to see the trade in ivory banned, and the elephant saved from extinction.”

Because the film involves undercover operations with support from NGOs and government agencies across Africa, the filmmakers cannot be named for their own safety and security purposes.

Carole Tomko, Vulcan’s general manager and creative director of productions, said:

“The filmmakers have achieved unprecedented access to stories that track the ivory trade. Driving awareness and disrupting ivory poaching operations in Africa is critical to both Vulcan and Terra Mater.

We are truly honored to work with Terra Mater, and with the brave filmmakers in the field who are risking their own safety to change the poaching game on the ground in order to protect these beautiful creatures.”

Ivory Rising is sure to be an inspirational and innovative film that will help put an end to the barbarous practices involved in illegal ivory trading. Vulcan and Terra Mater hope to uncover the horrors behind this industry and inform the public in order to enact permanent change.

TAKE ACTION: Sign the petition to help end the bloody ivory trade.

— Rebecca Hartt, exclusive to Global Animal

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