THE LAST ANIMALS
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!
Over the past few years, the slaughter of African elephants and rhinoceros has skyrocketed to supply international markets with their tusks and horns. Ivory has been dubbed the white gold of jihad and rhino horn now has a higher market value than cocaine. With the expansion of radical Islamist and independent militias in Africa, along with criminal syndicates, the daring groups carrying out these bloody “harvests” are killing these animals at unprecedented rates.
In 2014 the National Academy of Sciences released a report substantiating that more than 100,000 elephants have been killed over the last three years, though many conservationists believe the number to be as many as 50,000 elephants per year based on the large scale seizures being intercepted. Meanwhile 1,215 rhinos were poached in South Africa at an all time record high for the past decade; there are less than 25,000 on the planet.
In the face of these stark statistics, the film follows the heroic efforts of conservationists struggling to protect these majestic creatures to the desperate measures being taken to save the Northern White rhinos who are on the verge of extinction.