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China's Last Elephants
One-off / one hour
Executive ProducerEllen Windemuth
Production CompanyOff the Fence
Produced ForBayerischer Rundfunk, Arte and Animal Planet
Thousands of elephants once roamed China’s vast continent. Today, only two hundred and fifty are left hiding in the jungles of south-eastern China in a remote place called Xishuangbanna in Yunnan province. Despite all odds they cling on in this ancient and beautiful land, existing on the very brink of extinction. What has caused their demise? Can they be saved?
This film documents the quest of one woman, Grace Gabriel to change the way local people feel about these animals and campaign for their conservation. We also follow the mission one wildlife cameraman, Richard Kirby to film these animals in the wild before they are gone forever.