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Mongabay Newscast episode 4: Inside scoop on new Netflix documentary “The Ivory Game;” orangutan habitat under threat in Indonesia

Andrea Crosta of the Elephant Action League (EAL), one of the stars of the new Netflix documentary The Ivory Game, appears on the latest episode of the Mongabay Newscast.

Crosta discusses how Chinese demand is driving the multi-billion dollar trade in ivory, as well as EAL’s project WildLeaks and the undercover investigations in mainland China and Hong Kong that have helped expose the illegal ivory being laundered through legal ivory markets.

The Ivory Game premieres on Netflix on November 4.

We also speak with Mongabay contributor and Borneo Futures founder Erik Meijaard, who recently wrote a piece entitled, “Company poised to destroy critical orangutan habitat in breach of Indonesia’s moratorium.”

The article details the plans of a company called PT Mohairson Pawan Khatulistiwa to clear more than half of its license area in Sungai Putri for conversion into an industrial tree plantation. Sungai Putri is a natural forest area in West Kalimantan that is home to between 750 and 1750 orangutans, the third-largest population in the province.

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Desert elephant in Namibia. Photo by Rhett Butler.