The African elephant population is on the decline. Poaching is largely to blame. According to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an elephant is killed for its tusks every 15 minutes, despite ivory trade bans imposed by the U.S. over the summer. A pound of ivory can fetch $1,500 on the black market, especially in China. A new film from executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio called "The Ivory Game" depicts the underbelly of ivory trafficking. The film goes undercover in Africa and China to find intelligence operatives, undercover activists, and frontline rangers.
Directors Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani discuss the purpose for making their film: to serve as a riveting wake up call for the deep corruption at the center of the global ivory trafficking dilemma.