The Legend of Tarzan partners with Stop Ivory

13 Jun 2016

Leading up to the July 6 release of The Legend of Tarzan, we are teaming up with international NGO Stop Ivory to tackle one of our world’s greatest conservation challenges – the fight to protect Africa’s rare forest elephant and, by extension, save the world’s elephants from extinction.

The Legend of Tarzan - Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgård

The sweeping African landscapes that feature prominently in the film were captured on location in the extraordinary country of Gabon, where English conservationist and documentary filmmaker Josh Ponte has spent the last 15 years working to preserve the country’s wildlife. Ponte, who served as the African technical advisor on the film, has focused his efforts on stopping the illegal killing of the rare forest elephants that call Gabon home. In the last 30 years, ivory poaching has reduced the global forest elephant population by two thirds – and half of those that are left live in the Gabonese forest. Without action, even these could be gone in a decade. 

Now, the cast, filmmakers and we are joining forces with Stop Ivory in support of the Elephant Protection Initiative to help save this endangered animal. The partnership was forged in the spirit of creating entertaining, informative and meaningful ways to engage the global community of moviegoers to join the effort to end the poaching of Gabon’s surviving forest elephants while reinforcing the film’s central themes of humanity’s deep connections with wildlife and nature. 

A limited number of movie-goers will also receive a special plush elephant, signifying an additional donation has been made by Warner Bros. to the Stop Ivory campaign.

The Legend of Tarzan - Samuel L. Jackson and Alexander Skarsgard

About The Legend of Tarzan
Directed by David Yates (the last four Harry Potter films, upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), The Legend of Tarzan is an all-new action adventure that reimagines the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, starring Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s True Blood, Diary of a Teenage Girl) as John Clayton III / Tarzan, and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, upcoming Suicide Squad) as his beloved wife, Jane.  The film also stars Oscar nominees Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, the Captain America films) and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Gladiator), with Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris), and two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained).  

About Josh Ponte
In 2001, Josh Ponte traveled to Gabon to live with 16 orphaned gorillas, which led to more than a decade of work in the region.  He was part of the initial team that developed the national park network of Gabon, became a special advisor to its President, collected and archived to the music of its diverse population, and is a specialist in late C19 central African history.  He was the consultant on history and culture to the director, producers, actors and art and costume departments, in addition to providing location services for the production.  He is an advocate for the Gabon’s conservation efforts, an explorer with National Geographic, and a Director of Stop Ivory. 

About Stop Ivory
Stop Ivory is an NGO registered in the UK and US committed to protecting elephants, stopping the ivory trade and securing a meaningful future for elephants and communities. Stop Ivory is the secretariat of the Elephant Protection Initiative.

About the Elephant Protection Initiative
The Elephant Protection Initiative leads African efforts to bring elephant range states, non-range states, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, private sector partners and private citizens together to protect elephants and stop the illegal ivory trade.  Gabon was a founding member.

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