Elephants are disappearing from the wild at an alarmingly rapid rate due to poaching and habitat loss. If this continues the in its current trend, the species could face extinction in the wild within 30 years. August 12, 2016 marks the fifth annual World Elephant Day.
Canadian filmmaker Patricia Sims co-created World Elephant Day along with the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand.
Each year, approximately 33,000 African elephants are slaughtered to supply the illegal ivory trade that feeds an insatiable consumer demand for ivory in China, Thailand, the U.S., the U.K. and many other countries. It is estimated that as few as 400,000 African elephants remain while Asian elephants are an endangered species on the IUCN Red List with 40,000 remaining in the world.
Patricia Sims is also behind a new documentary title “When Elephants Were Young”. The film is narrated by William Shatner and is available for pre-order now on iTunes ($19.99 to buy) and Vimeo-on-Demand ($19.26 to buy and $7.70 to rent) in Canada.
Proceeds support World Elephant Day.
Tasa talks to Sims about the documentary, and discusses how it came to be. We also hear a clip from the film.