Leonardo DiCaprio wants to help save the elephants who are being slaughtered at a very high rate due to the sale of their ivory tusks. The Academy Award Winning actor serves as executive producer of the Netflix documentary, The Ivory Game, and the streaming giant is sharing the first trailer on Friday. Director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award–nominated director Kief Davidson filmed undercover for 16 months in China and Africa with a crack team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough-as-nails conservationists, to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking.
“Africa has 700 tons of ivory,” the trailer says in the opening. “It’s being moved across continents and being sold under the table. It’s fueling international crime. Traders in ivory actually want the extinction of elephants. The less elephants there are, the more the price rises. It’s a race against time.”
Walter Kohler, CEO of Terra Mater, who produced the documentary set for release on November 4th, spoke about working with DiCaprio during an interview with IBTimes UK. “The directors and the team met with Leo and it was immediately apparent how passionate he is about the issue. He really cares about saving the world for future generations and is dedicated to bringing ivory poaching to the forefront of people’s consciousness. Leo is an incredible producer and he brought great experience and passion to the production of the film.”
Watch the full trailer below: