World Premiere


(c) Joyce Poole

WAR ELEPHANTS (USA, 2012, 60 min.)

World Premiere In Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, elephants are in crisis: years of civil conflict and ivory poaching have left them frightened and hostile toward humans. More than 2,000 elephants were slaughtered during the civil conflict between 1977 and 1992 with only around five percent of the population remaining. Since then, the number has increased to between 300-400. In this new National Geographic Television Film about the recent trauma – but hopeful future – for elephants in the wake of civil conflict and poaching in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, the world’s foremost elephant researcher Joyce Poole works hard to build trust with the animals and says "Gorongosa may be the best place in Africa right now to be an elephant." Directed by Bob Poole.

Discussion with Joyce Poole, filmmaker Bob Poole, National Geographic TV Senior Producer David Hamlin and Mateus Mutemba, Gorongosa National Park Administrator, follows screening.

Ticket/Reservation Info:


National Geographic Society, Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

1600 M St., NW

(Metro: Farragut North, L St. exit.)

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