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

Gambling On Extinction screens at German Parliament

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.


Gambling On Extinction wins top prize at the 2015 Darßer NaturfilmFestival

Director Jakob Kneser collects the German Wildlife Film Award (Best Film: Man and Nature), at the 2015 Darßer NaturfilmFestival.


Gambling On Extinction wins German Conservation Film Award

“Gripping as a thriller” – “Gambling on Extinction” wins the German Environmental and Sustainability Award at the 2015 NaturVision Film Festival.


Gambling on Extinction Wins Big at IFF EkotopFilm 2015

Wildlife trafficking documentary “Gambling on Extinction” wins the Prize of the President of the Festival Committee at IFF EKOTOPFILM – ENVIROFILM 2015.


Jakob Kneser, Director

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.

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Screenings & Festivals

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South African Eco Film Festival
March 31 – April 3, 2016 A world-class programme of beautifully shot and engaging short and feature-le …
Millenium International Documentary Film Festival
March 18 – 27, 2016 (Brussels) The Millenium Festival promotes independent documentary cinema by screeni …
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
January 14- 18, 2015 SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic® Film Festival inspires people and unites communities to hea …
Masuku Film Festival (Gabon)
December 8 – 12 (Gabon) The Masuku Film Festival Nature & Environment is an international festival …
Tasmanian Eco Film Fest
November 12 – 15, 2015 The Tasmanian eco Film Fest is an annual, eco-themed film festival for people who …
Sunchild International Environmental Film Festival
SunChild bundles all environmental education initiatives of the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife an …
Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
October 16 – 18, 2015 The international Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival is Malaysia’s first and longest …
Life Sciences Film Festival
5th Life Sciences Film Festival International Festival of Documentary Films on Natural and Agricultural Scienc …
Darßer NaturfilmFestival
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SRF Swiss TV
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Jackson Hole WILD Film Festival
September 25 – October 3, 2015 A film festival focused on the issues that matter, stories that need tell …
Matsalu Nature Film Festival
Winner: Special Prize, Tallinn Zoo  MORE: matsalufilm.ee
Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival
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YLE Finland
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VRT Belgium
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IFF Ekotop Film Envirofilm (Bratislava, Slovakia)
Visit website for more details: ekotopfilm.sk Film Program here: Gambling on Extinction will screen on May 29, …
TV3 Catalunya
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Special screening at the Abaton Cinema (Hamburg, G …
Special screening of Gambling on Extinction at the Abaton Cinema (Hamburg, Germany), featuring Q & A with …
21/04 - 31/05
TG4 (Fiorsceal) Ireland
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US Premiere: DC Environmental Film Festival
March 24, 2015 | 6.30 pm (FREE) No reservation required
Canadian Broadcast Premiere: CTV W5
Canadian (English) Premiere February 28, 2015 | 7 pm (EST)
Canadian English Premiere: Animal Planet, Canada
Canadian English Premiere February 26, 2015 | 10 pm (EST)
TV Broadcast – Sweden – SVT2 Söndag
Dokument utifrån: De sista elefanterna
"The world has two choices: we can have elephants or we can have ivory trade. We can’t have both." Allan Thornton, Environmental Investigation Agency