George Dante, Taxidermist Behind the Fake Tusks

George Dante, of Wildlife Preservations and maestro taxidermist, recently gave this wonderful interview to New Hampshire Public Radio on the challenges of making fake elephant tusks to track illegal wildlife traffickers.

Baby Elephants Protecting Me

Here is my all-time favorite out-take from our work on Warlords of Ivory. Here orphaned baby elephants walk me into a gathering of adult, wild elephants, a potentially dangerous experience. My thanks to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for hosting me and my team.

TONIGHT! Warlords of Ivory

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?

Warlords of Ivory promo

Camera work by Toby Strong, JJ Kelley, Josh Thomas, Pablo Durana. It is also the cover story of the National Geographic September issue by me and photographer Brent Stirton.

NGM Sept cover