The award-winning film, “The Ivory Game,” that exposes the dark world of ivory trafficking, will be shown at a fundraising event to benefit a major African-based anti-poaching organization on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains starting at 4:30 p.m.
The beneficiary will be the Tanzania-based Protective Area Management Solutions Foundation (PAMS). The event has been organized by Rectortown native Skipper Darlington, president of Africa ASAP, a non-profit that works closely with PAMS in an attempt to stem the widespread killing of African elephants by poachers. Africa ASAP helps keep the elephants alive by deploying an innovative aerial surveillance system.
Last year alone, 35,000 African elephants were killed, and there are major concerns about the possible extinction of the species if the current rate of slaughter continues. Ivory is a prized status symbol for middle class Chinese, and poachers in pursuit of “white gold” are slaughtering African elephants in record numbers.
Wayne Lotter, the founder of PAMS and a main focus of the film, was murdered on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam this past August 16. His killer is still at large. One of his associates, Krissie Clark, is carrying on the work of PAMS, and all proceeds from the Dec. 10 fundraiser will go to that organization.
Award-winning director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award® nominated director Kief Davidson filmed undercover for 16 months, infiltrating and documenting the deep-rooted corruption at the heart of the global ivory trafficking crisis.
The Ivory Game focuses on front-line rangers and undercover operatives who undertake dangerous missions to disrupt the treacherous pipeline of ivory. From fighting poachers in Africa to exposing illegal ivory shops in China, the team risks their lives to combat the rampant poaching and killing.
Just last month, the urgent effort to save the elephants suffered a significant setback when the Trump administration announced that the remains of elephants legally hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia can now be imported to the United States as trophies, reversing a ban under former President Barack Obama.
Admission to the event is $40 and includes a light supper and silent auction. For further information, contact Skipper Darlington at email@example.com.