Big Tuskers of Tembe Elephant Park
Pics Erik Schram, Adrian Binns
On April 13, 2016, James Currie and his team of wildlife experts launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete the elephant documentary, Last of the Big Tuskers. The film covers the life and death of Isilo, one of the largest elephants in the world, and explores the future of the remaining big tusker elephants in Africa. Big tusker elephants are those elephants with tusks weighing more than one hundred pounds a side. Only forty of these majestic animals remain on earth today.
Tembe Elephant Park ranger Tom Mahamba, producer James Currie and big tusker expert Johan Marais plan to journey from South Africa to Kenya to document the world's last remaining big tuskers. They will chronicle the Tembe Elephant Park's efforts to protect the Tembe big tusker gene and explore the feasibility of its introduction to other parts of Africa where the gene for big tusks has been eliminated. The team has already completed two filming trips. They are seeking funding to complete the final filming requirements and for post-production activities.
“With the rapid migration of elephant poaching southward, this research cannot come at a better time. Something needs to be done NOW to save the world's remaining giants,” says producer James Currie. “We are raising money on Kickstarter to raise awareness and also to build a community to support us on this amazing journey.”
In exchange for pledging to the project, backers can gain access to a variety of rewards including a digital download of the film, autographed copies of his acclaimed book When Eagles Roar for $75, signed DVDs, a personal screening of the film and even a 4-night stay at Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa. Proceeds from Last of the Big Tuskers will go to two elephant conservation organisations: Elephants Without Borders and the Tembe Tusker Foundation.
These elephants need a voice.