Investigative journalist Bryan Christy set 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 concealed a sophisticated GPS tracker inside an incredibly realistic faux ivory tusk and dropped it in the heart of ivory poaching country and monitored its movements to track down the kingpins of the ivory trade.
In this outtake from the National Geographic Explorer show “Warlords of Ivory,” Bryan Christy visits the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Kenya and marvels at the accepting nature of the juvenile elephants, which escort him as they are released into the wild and join adult elephants.
More About the Investigation
- NG Explorer: Warlords of Ivory Trailer
- Episode Clip: Under Arrest at the Airport
- National Geographic Magazine: Tracking Ivory
- Map: Illegal Tusk Trade
- Bryan Christy: Five Things You Need To Know About the Ivory Trade