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Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam raises awareness on wildlife crime

19 September 2018

The Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (October 24th-28th), in cooperation with IUCN NL and WWF Netherlands, calls attention to wildlife crime with –amongst others- its opening film STROOP and the documentary The Last Animals, which showcases the dangerous battle of environmental defenders to save species such as the rhino and African elephant from extinction. 

Wildlife crime poses a major threat to the survival of animals such as the rhino and the elephant. Every day, 55 African elephants and 3 rhinos are killed. “Wildlife crime also has negative consequences for safety, trade and tourism and threatens the livelihoods of local communities in Africa, where poaching is most common,” Henk Simons, Senior Expert Nature Conservation at IUCN NL, explains. The demand for ivory and rhino horn mainly comes from Asia.

The illegal trade in ivory and other wildlife products is very lucrative: wildlife crime yields an estimated amount of 20 billion euros per year. This places it at the top organized crimes, after drug trafficking, and human trafficking. “The networks and armed groups involved in wildlife crime often have linkages with these other forms of transnational organized crime and pose a threat to the safety of people and nature,” says Simons.

Together with IUCN NL and WWF Netherlands the Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam draws attention to this serious threat to the survival of endangered species. The festival therefore screens multiple films about wildlife crime.

Dutch premiere 'The Last Animals'

October 25th marks the Dutch premiere of The Last Animals, which was directed by Kate Brooks. The documentary focuses on the extinction of endangered animals such as the rhino and the elephant and the role that wildlife crime plays in this. “The film shows the dangerous fight of park rangers against poaching and gives insight in the linkages between wildlife crime and armed conflict,” says Simons.

IUCN NL will introduce the film and host a Q&A with Henk Simons of IUCN NL and Sophie Vossenaar of African Parks, the conservation organization that manages Garamba National Park in DRC, the park that is featured in the documentary.

Date & time

Thursday October 25th at 16.45 p.m.


Cinerama, Westblaak 18 Rotterdam


  • Introduction by Henk Simons (Senior Expert Nature Conservation at IUCN NL)
  • Dutch premiere of ‘The Last Animals’
  • Q&A with Henk Simons (IUCN NL) and Sophie Vossenaar (African Parks)

The program will be in English.


Tickets will be available from October 1st at the festival's website

The Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam is the only film festival for nature documentaries in the Netherlands. For more info and the full program, visit:

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