Tonight National Geographic Explorer series returns at 8 pm ET with Warlords of Ivory, directed by extraordinary JJ Kelley, produced by John Heminway. Oh, and I’m live tweeting Q&A after, too (use #NatGeoExplorer). First question: What’s live tweeting?
My latest piece for National Geographic, Tracking Ivory, is the cover of the magazine’s September issue and the subject of WARLORDS OF IVORY, the premiere episode of National Geographic’s Explorer series, airing August 30, 2015 on the National Geographic Channel.
Here’s a link to the online version of the magazine story which is part of an incredible package of photographs, interactive maps, videos, and surveys about the ivory trade, terrorism, and ivory consumption.
This project is the result of work by an extraordinary team across multiple National Geographic platforms, including Photographer Brent Stirton; Filmmakers J.J. Kelley, John Heminway, Toby Strong, Pablo Durana, Jessica Harrop, Josh Thomas; Map Genius Virginia Mason, and more. Click on the links for these people and you’ll see the Mission Impossible team behind the stories.
Here’s an interview of me running alongside the article (it’s not bloody):
Here’s a podcast of an interview Oliver Payne and I did together: Behind the Words: Ivory Worship
The graphics for Blood Ivory result from weeks of work by an NG graphics team presented in a way you can understand in a blink.
One of the great things about this project has been the complete support of every aspect of the National Geographic Society. If you would like to give your support to issues raised in the story, NG offers these suggestions, which list some of the very best in the world in the effort to stop wildlife crime in ways that are sensitive to the human condition.