Learn about connections between wildlife trafficking and international security and stability at a screening of the National Geographic Explorer film, Warlords of Ivory, followed by a panel discussion featuring local, national and international experts on Friday, April 7, 2017  from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, hosted with Senator Chris Coons (D-Del), People to People Delaware, and World Trade Center Delaware.

Warlords of Ivory exposes how the ivory trade funds some of Africa’s most notorious militias and terrorist groups. It was produced by Delaware native and award-winning documentary producer Katie Carpenter.

coonsSenator Coons is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and the sub-committee on African Affairs. In February 2016, Senator Coons traveled to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Botswana and witnessed first-hand many of the good works being done to conserve wildlife in those countries. In the fall of 2016, the END Wildlife Trafficking Act, sponsored by Senator Coons, was signed into law.

“I’m looking forward to hosting the screening of Katie Carpenter’s “Warlords of Ivory,” said Sen. Coons. “Animal poaching and trafficking is a multibillion dollar business that threatens not only iconic species but also global security and stability. This important documentary sheds light on the global crisis of wildlife trafficking and the impact it is having on communities in Central Africa, and features some of the amazing people helping put an end to these crimes.”

andjabaSpecial guest is H.E. Martin Andjaba, the Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia to the United States.

Speakers and panel participants are: Drew Aydelotte, Chief, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police; Johan Bergenas, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Vulcan, Inc.; Nick Hanauer, Project Manager, tenBoma, International Fund for Animal Welfare; and Dennis Kelly, Director of the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, and Chairman of the Board for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

There is no charge to attend the screening and discussion, but pre-registration is requested. Light refreshments will be served, with wine and other beverages available for purchase.

The film is not intended for audiences under 14 years old. Our Parents’ Night Out program offers childcare for ages 5-10, click here for more information. Pre-registration is required for the science camp; cost is $20 for DMNH Members and $25 for non-members. 

About Warlords of Ivory

In Warlords of Ivory, investigative journalist Bryan Christy is setting out on a groundbreaking mission to expose how the ivory trade funds some of Africa’s most notorious militias and terrorist groups. Working with one of the world’s top taxidermists, he conceals a sophisticated GPS tracker inside an incredibly realistic faux ivory tusk and drops it in the heart of ivory poaching country and monitors its movements to track down the kingpins of the ivory trade.

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