"Do Rhinos Have a Future", produced & directed by Teeku Patel. world Premiere at the 2019 WCFF in New York.
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In 1970 Kenya was home to 20,000 Eastern Black Rhinos. By 1989 only 400 were left!. They were killed for their horns which are prized in Asia for folk medicine. Even though there is no scientific proof that the raw material of both rhino horns and human fingernails has any medicinal value, a kilo of rhino horn (keratin) fethces $60,000 on the black market. Conservationists say that the only way to save rhinos from extinction is to create secure habitats fro them to live and breed. Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which started with only 4 black rhino in 1988, is now home to 114. Each of ol Pejeta's rhino's is protected by rangers and armed guards at a cost of $10,00 a year. But this expense is part of a comprehensive business plan where wildlife protection has to pay its own way.
The WCFF mission is to inform, engage and inspire wildlife conservation through the power of film.
The 9th annual WCFF anniversary includes, ten days of over 100 documentary films with panel discussion, networking, receptions, field trips and more. Films will represent over 40 nations as in previous years, with international filmmakers in attendance.
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