Celebrating the power of film to inspire, Nat Geo WILD announced today, in partnership with the Sun Valley Film Festival and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), that three finalists have been chosen for the first annual WILD to INSPIRE Short Film Competition. Finalists include Always Endangered by Jim Laybourn; Bee Happy by David Thompson and Jacob Taylor; and Wolf Mountain by Dan Duran, Sam Price-Waldman and Brendan Nahmias.
Earlier this week, former NBA star Yao Ming delivered a petition to the Chinese government asking it to ban domestic trade in ivory. The petition was delivered during the opening session of China’s annual National People’s Congress in Beijing and signed by a number of leading business figures.
Earlier today local Ambassadors, including Musicians Quoc Trung, Do Bao, Producer-MC Anh Tuan, Actresses Hong Anh and Minh Trang, MC Phan Anh, Miss Vietnam Thu Thuy, and Singers Duc Tuan and Le Cat Trong Ly, were at the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel at the “Stop Using Rhino Horn” campaign launch to raise awareness of the rhino horn crisis and urge people to stop consuming this product because “when the buying stops, the killing can too”.
February 13, 2014 – As government leaders gather in London to discuss new measures to counter wildlife trafficking, WildAid and conservation’s top stars released two new messages as part of the world’s largest campaign to reduce the demand for endangered species products. One message, “Whole World”, features The Duke of Cambridge, David Beckham, NBA great Yao Ming, and a crash of rhinos courtesy of GreenScreen Animals.
Today the U.S. government unveiled a new national strategy for combating the global illegal wildlife trade. In response, the African Wildlife Foundation released the following statement from its CEO, Dr. Patrick Bergin. Bergin is part of the eight-member Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, which provided suggestions for the development of the strategy and which will be offering further input on its implementation.