The numbers are horrific. About every 15 minutes an elephant is killed. That adds up to 150,000 elephants killed in the past five years. At this rate, the African elephant could become extinct in 15 years.
These deaths are driven by the ivory trade. Criminal networks smuggle ivory into China, where it fuels a multi-billion trade.
A recent documentary film on Netflix, “The Ivory Game”, looks into the ivory trade and how it is driving elephants to extinction.
The film is directed by Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson. Leonardo di Caprio is executive producer. It looks at poaching in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. And at ivory markets in China and Vietnam. This is a film about wildlife activists taking on poachers and criminals.