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Science Wednesdays: Battle For The Elephants

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 10:48am -- WCVE

The elephant, Earth’s most charismatic and majestic land animal, today faces market forces driving the value of its tusks to levels once reserved for gold. In this groundbreaking National Geographic special, follow journalists Bryan Christy and Aidan Hartley as they go undercover and inside the criminal network behind ivory's supply and demand.

The film also demonstrates how the elephant, with its highly evolved society, keen intelligence, ability to communicate across vast distances and to love, remember and even to mourn, is far more complex than ever imagined. More revelations are sure to follow, but only if the outspoken and courageous crime investigators and conservationists showcased in this program prevail.

According to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), more than 25,000 elephants—an estimated 12 percent of the world’s elephant population—were killed in Africa last year alone, and some say the numbers could be much higher.

Watch Battle For The Elephants, February 27 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS / WHTJ PBS.