D.C. film festival tackles wildlife trade with Gambling on Extinction premiere

Gambling on Extinction is a film that highlights the atrocities of the illegal wildlife trade and the disastrous impact it is having on wildlife populations, ecosystems, and the local communities that rely on these natural resources. 

But, it is also a film that captures the massive effort being made by individuals, organizations, and governments across the globe to work together as an international community to bring an end to a crime that affects us all.   

The film’s producers first contacted my colleague Dorte von der Reith in our German office to find out about IFAW’s work to protect elephants. 

I had the opportunity to speak with them broadly about how IFAW works to stop illegal wildlife trafficking in source, transit, and consumer countries and combat this serious crime.



The producers were also able to interview IFAW’s Asia Regional Director, Grace Gabriel, who is featured in the film.

To find out more about how IFAW became involved in this important film project, read Dorte’s blog.


Note: Gambling on Extinction premieres in the U.S. on Tuesday, March 24, 6:30pm at the Environmental Film Festival at the Goethe Institut in Washington, D.C. Afterwards, Kelvin Alie will participate in a panel discussion with Q & A from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.  

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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
James Isiche, Regional Director, East Africa
Regional Director, East Africa
Jason Bell, Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare
Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare
Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
Director, International Policy
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
Consulting Senior Advisor to the CEO on Strategic Partnerships & Philanthropy