Ivory Wars: Last Stand in Zakouma

Role: producer, editor

Photography: Michael Nichols / National Geographic Photographer
Video: J. Michael Fay / Wildlife Conservation Society
Picture Editing: Kathy Moran / NGM Photo Editor
General Management: Lisa Hungness
Production Coordination/Interview: Amanda MacEvitt / Director of Content Development, NGM New Media
J. Michael Fay interview: Keene Haywood / Producer, NGM New Media
Video Coordination: Angela Sanders / Research Conservation and Exploration Group
Image Coordination: Jenna Pirog / Photo Coordinator
Map Art: Oliver Uberti, Marguerite B. Hunsiker, James E. McClelland, Jr., Mariel Furlong / NGM Maps
Producer: Pamela Chen
Design: Tim Klimowicz
Executive Producer: Brian Storm

Published July 10, 2007

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About the project: Deep in the heart of Africa, Chad’s Zakouma National Park is an oasis of sanctuary for the continent’s surviving elephants — the last place on earth where more than a thousand can be found in one herd. Protected by armed guards, the park is a gem of abundance and diversity.

Yet just outside its borders, poachers lie in wait for the animals. When the perennial rains arrive, the elephants move toward better forage outside the park’s perimeter, and into the poachers’ hands. The hunters kill them for their ivory tusks — which fetch high prices on the black market — and leave the carcasses intact, apart from the gaping holes where the tusks once were.