In 1989, Discovery Channel helped expose a devastating situation in Africa with the world premiere of Ivory Wars. Along with widespread reporting from the international media, this landmark television documentary helped shed light on the severity of the elephant poaching situation in Africa.
The response was powerful and immediate. That same year, the international ivory trade was banned by CITES (the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species). Ivory prices plummeted as demand lessened, and elephant populations were given a chance to recover….
As part of a growing global response to the situation, the Discovery Channel and the BBC have teamed up to investigate the illegal practices of both poaching and selling ivory from African elephants in the one-hour special Ivory Wars, premiering on Discovery Channel on Saturday, June 23, at 8PM e/p.