The Ivory Game The Ivory Game Winner of the 2017 Grand Teton Award and Best Theatrical Film at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

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The Film

The Ivory Game is an undercover feature-documentary, set to expose the dark world of ivory trafficking.

The African elephant faces extinction as poachers wreak slaughter in pursuit of the ‘white gold’ of ivory, considered a symbol of luxury and power amongst the new rising Chinese middle-class.

Award-winning director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award® nominated director Kief Davidson filmed undercover for 16 months, moving across the continents of Africa and Asia, infiltrating and documenting the deep-rooted corruption at the heart of the global ivory trafficking crisis.

Their cameras follow a band of remarkable heroes; from intelligence organizations, such as the Tanzanian Task Force, intelligence gathering and whistle-blowing initiatives like WildLeaks, undercover activists, high-level conservationists and frontline rangers. Together they take on the fight, to bring down poachers, traffickers and corrupt government officials.

A torch-bearing film, The Ivory Game will inspire both outrage and hope, marking a turning point in mankind’s relationship with the greatest land mammal on Earth.

Vulcan Productions and Red Bull's Terra Mater Film Studios have joined forces to create this feature-length documentary film and expose the ultimate fight for our last remaining elephants.

The Film

  • Kief Davidson: Director, Producer
  • Richard Ladkani: Director, Cinematagropher
  • Wolfgang Knopfler: Producer
  • Walter Kohler: Producer
  • Paul G. Allen: Executive Producer
  • Dinah Czezik-Müller: Executive Producer
  • Joanne Reay: Executive Producer
  • Leonardo Dicaprio: Executive Producer
  • Carole Tomko: Executive Producer
  • Jody Gottlieb: Executive Producer
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The Mission

When The Ivory Game filmmakers needed a partner as committed to saving elephants as they were, Vulcan was the one who stood out like no other. Our support of Elephants Without Borders, The Great Elephant Census, and countless other efforts made us the ideal storytelling and impact partner.


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