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Battle For The Elephants

“Battle for the Elephants,” a groundbreaking, new, one-hour special produced by National Geographic Television, explores the brutal slaughter of African elephants for their tusks, fueled largely by China’s demand for ivory. The film tells the ultimate wildlife story — how the Earth’s most charismatic and majestic land animal today faces market forces driving the value of its tusks to levels once reserved for precious metals. Journalists Bryan Christy and Aidan Hartley take viewers undercover as they investigate the criminal network behind ivory’s supply and demand.

Stockpiles of seized ivory, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Stockpiles of seized ivory, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Credit: Courtesy of J.J. Kelley

An aerial view of an elephant carcass that has been poached.

An aerial view of an elephant carcass that has been poached.

Credit: Courtesy of John Heminway

A carved ivory tusk; Beijing, China.

A carved ivory tusk; Beijing, China.

Credit: Courtesy of John Heminway

An intricate ivory sculpture; Hong Kong.

An intricate ivory sculpture; Hong Kong.

Credit: Courtesy of John Heminway

Bryan Christy examines an ivory sculpture, Beijing, China.

Bryan Christy examines an ivory sculpture, Beijing, China.

Credit: Courtesy of John Heminway

An ivory sculpted Buddha; Beijing, China.

An ivory sculpted Buddha; Beijing, China.

Credit: Courtesy of John Heminway

A young elephant snacks on a doum palm frond in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.

A young elephant snacks on a doum palm frond in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.

Credit: Courtesy of John Heminway

Elephants cool off in the swamp at Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

Elephants cool off in the swamp at Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

Credit: Courtesy of John Heminway

A lone elephant wanders on as the Maasai patrol Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

A lone elephant wanders on as the Maasai patrol Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

Credit: Courtesy of J.J. Kelley

Old bulls gather in the Chyulu hills of eastern Kenya, Africa.

Old bulls gather in the Chyulu hills of eastern Kenya, Africa.

Credit: Courtesy of J.J. Kelley

Elephants at dusk in Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

Elephants at dusk in Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

Credit: Courtesy of J.J. Kelley

Two young elephants greet each other at dusk in Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

Two young elephants greet each other at dusk in Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

Credit: Courtesy of J.J. Kelley

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