A Treaty Co-production between a&o buero filmproduktion gmbh (Germany) and Real to Reel Productions Inc. (Canada)
Gambling On Extinction is an investigative documentary about the multi-billion-dollar illegal trade in endangered animals
Director: Jakob Kneser | Producers: Tristan Chytroschek, Anne Pick | Distributor: Java Films (France)
Elephant ivory and rhino horn among most illicitly traded goods; revenue from illegally traded wildlife ranks third after drugs and weapons trafficking
There is a war against nature raging in the savannahs and jungles of Africa and Asia. The illegal trade in wildlife is estimated to generate $20 billion per year. Wildlife crime is a highly organized business, luring unscrupulous investors and warlords. Due to a rising demand for ivory and rhino horn among Asian consumers, the trade is growing rampantly, threatening not only major ecosystems but the stability of local communities and vulnerable economies. At the current pace of poaching, elephants, rhinos, and tigers living in the wild will be extinct in our lifetime. A world where these iconic animals can only be found in zoos may sound like a grim science fiction dystopia, but it is the reality we face. The slaughter is happening now, the deadly spiral towards extinction spinning faster than we can imagine. READ MORE
Germany's Social Democratic Party hosts Gambling On Extinction director Jakob Kneser, producer Tristan Chytroschek, and International Fund for Animal Welfare – IFAW representatives Doerte von der Reith and Robert Kless for private screening.
Director Jakob Kneser collects the German Wildlife Film Award (Best Film: Man and Nature), at the 2015 Darßer NaturfilmFestival.
“Gripping as a thriller” – “Gambling on Extinction” wins the German Environmental and Sustainability Award at the 2015 NaturVision Film Festival.
Wildlife trafficking documentary “Gambling on Extinction” wins the Prize of the President of the Festival Committee at IFF EKOTOPFILM – ENVIROFILM 2015.
Read how a magazine article about elephant poaching in Chad three years ago inspired award-winning filmmaker, Jakob Kneser, to make a film about the dangerous business of wildlife trafficking.