"Battle for the Elephants" to be broadcast on PBS TV Feb. 27 at 8:00 p.m. CST
The documentary Battle for the Elephants premieres on Nashville Public Television on Wednesday, February 27th at 8:00 pm CT.
Battle for the Elephants 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. In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, one of the world’s main ports for smuggled ivory, Hartley attempts to buy large quantities of tusks from poachers. In China, Christy explores the thriving industry of luxury goods made from ivory and the ancient cultural tradition of ivory carving.
The film is based in part on an article by Christy, published in the October 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine, entitled 'Blood Ivory.'
If you are not in the Nashville area, please visit http://www.pbs.org/programs/battle-elephants/tv-schedule/ to find out when the program will air on your local PBS station.