NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, November 16th, Tusk hosted a screening of the National Geographic documentary Explorers: Warlords of Ivory in NYC. The groundbreaking film captivated the audience as it proved without a doubt that the ivory trade is funding some of the world most notorious terrorists. The message of the evening – that conservation is a global issue and demands our attention -- was incredibly powerful in the wake of the Paris attacks.
Tusk is working with local conservation partners to stop the illegal wildlife trade and provide alternative sources of income for the people of Africa. On Monday night one thing was clear – protecting elephants has never been more important.
Over the last 40 years, the world's wildlife population has decreased by more than half and some of the planet's most iconic species are on the brink of extinction. Fueled by the illegal wildlife trade, rapid population growth, and economic inequality – the destruction of Africa's natural resources has reached an unprecedented level. This threatens not only Africa's wildlife and the fragile fabric of African society, but is now also a pressing global concern.
In response to this increased urgency, Tusk is launching a 2020 strategy that redoubles their commitment to addressing what is one of this generation's greatest challenges. As they look ambitiously towards the future, Tusk is dedicated to being a voice for change and a catalyst for conservation – addressing global issues with local action.
Prince William recently stated that he was "…initially drawn to Tusk by its innovative and holistic approach and its unwavering certainty that conservation is as much about people and community programmes as it is about wildlife protection. The imperative of balancing the conservation of wildlife and natural resources with the ever growing needs of the human race is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today."
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Ellen C. O'Connell, Executive Director
Tusk USA, 525 East 89th Street
New York, NY 10128
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