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Trophy Games

What do lions, elephants and rhinos have in common? If things continue as they are, they will all be extinct in about 10 years.

Lion pride in the Masai Mara. photo: unknown

Lion pride in the Masai Mara. photo: unknown

One of the things we can do to help is to go on safari. The money raised from tourism is poured into conservation in the area. But one tourist took it a step further. After his trip to Kenya, he was inspired to make a documentary.

During a trip to the Maasai Mara last year, Andrew Brown learned how important wildlife and the tourism industry is to Kenya’s economical success.  No stranger to the world of film, when he returned to the States, he reached out to fellow film makers with the brainchild for “Trophy Games”.

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Elephants in Masai Mara photo: Ariadne van Zandbergen

 

The unique documentary will cover poaching and the wildlife trade from the perspective of  rangers and the community. We will get to see the rangers as fathers, neighbors, sons..and how they live in the midst of the poaching crisis.

The title “Trophy Games” comes from two different conversations Brown had. The first was with a Maasai man who said he didn’t think poaching was all that bad because people have made hunting a game for years. Killing animals was a way that you showed your community that you could provide and protect.

The other conversation was during a phone call Brown had with a conservation worker in Asia. She explained the Asian demand for ivory and rhino horn as if they were cherished trophies; symbols of wealth & accomplishment. Furthermore, she referred to the global policies surrounding ivory bans as just a collection of ‘trophy games’ that many government officials like to play as if it was nothing serious.

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Rhino in the Mara. Photo: Alamy

Brown looks at this documentary as spotlight for the Kenyan people to get to know some of their country’s finest men.

It will be a tool that conservation awareness organizations in Kenya can take into rural communities and offer free public screenings, a tool to start a dialogue & bring awareness.

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Proceeds will be given to Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Big Life Foundation so that they can employ more wildlife rangers in the future.

BUT first this film needs to be completed! Please visit Trophy Games at Kickstarter. There is limited time to make this vision a reality. Without your help, this film won’t be made!

 

 

 

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Lights, Camera, Action: for Wildlife

Like movies? Care about world conservation? Then New York is the place to be Oct. 16th through Oct. 20th.

The New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival attracts over 4,000 attendees from the conservation, education, wildlife film and travel industries; including representatives from NATURE, National Geographic, PBS, Smithsonian Channel as well as wildlife filmmakers, distributors, producers and newcomers to the industry.

The festival provides a chance for discussion and negotiation for business opportunities for experts and wildlife activists alike.  It also gives ample opportunity for the audience to interact with leading figures in the wildlife community.

There is a variety of film covering everything from otters to elephants. Check out the following rhino and anti-poaching  film trailers:

Spotter Come Home  (about a runaway rhino being brought back home to Lewa WIldlife Conservancy)

Boots on the Ground trailer  (about the Protrack anti-poaching rangers in the bush risking their lives to protect our rhino)

Rhinoceroses The Curse of the Magic Horn (about three different rhinos, and the threats they face)

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9 Little Elephants

There Were 9 Little Elephants is a moving must see short film. Centered around a group of elephants being “trained” for tourist rides in a Zimbabwe game lodge, a group of dedicated people is fighting to free them. The story of  Mary, Jack, Mancube, John, Jessica, Nomalanga, Emily, Emma, Baby Girl and little Dumasani has emotional turns, but will leave you smiling in the end.

Watch here: http://vimeo.com/15654457

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