The Last Animals is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to incredible lengths to save the planet’s last animals.
Our panel discuss with unique insight the dark world of the ivory trade. In 2016, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) embarked on a yearlong undercover investigation into the murky world of ivory trafficking in Mozambique in Africa. These investigations revealed a Chinese-led criminal syndicate which for over two decades has been trafficking ivory from Africa to Shuidong, their hometown in southern China. The traffickers claimed that up to 80 per cent of all African elephant tusks were destined for Shuidong town.
When Andrew Mitchell began his career as a young zoologist in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park some decades ago, he and his colleagues spent their days radio-tracking the movements of the black rhinoceros. At that point there were believed to be roughly 16,000 rhinos roaming around the park. Today, owing to widespread poaching, there are just 67.