Wild Films ~ Giraffes: Africa's Gentle Giants

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Library Hall

WINNER! Best Broadcast Feature at the 2017 International Wildlife Film a bonus short film, The Rhino Guardians

Dr. Julian Fennessy has spent the last 20 years of his life studying giraffes. Now he’s starting to reveal their secrets – they are disappearing. The giraffe population in Africa is down by 40 percent in just two decades. In collaboration with a determined Ugandan Wildlife Authority team, Fennessy wants to round up 20 of the world’s rarest giraffe to get them to safety through the wild heart of Uganda, which means embarking on a special voyage across the mighty Nile River. The stakes are high in this urgent and daring mission against poachers affiliated with organized crime, but if successful, the reward will be a brighter future for an animal we have somehow overlooked.
Run time: 60 min.

The Rhino Guardians

In 2016 Dan Sadgrove travelled to South Africa to visit The Black Mambas – the world’s first all-female anti-poaching unit operating in the Balule Game Reserve in South Africa. Coming from disadvantaged communities and breaking strong patriarchal tradition, these courageous women focus on eliminating illegal wildlife trade through conservation, education and the protection of wildlife, helping to ensure the long term survival of threatened and endangered species in the area. Each day they patrol up to 20km, unarmed, looking for poachers, wire-snares and break-ins along the fence line. Their lives are at constant risk from poachers and the dangerous wildlife they protect.
Run time: 6 min.

WILD FILMS AT THE LIBRARY is a free series of award-winning international wildlife films selected from the International Wildlife Film Festival. The International Wildlife Film Festival was established in 1977 in Missoula, Montana with a mission to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television and other media.