UNEP / LI BINGBING ELEPHANT POACHING

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10-May-2013 00:02:50
Chinese actress Li Bingbing makes a call against poaching. UNEP 

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DATELINE: 7-9 MAY 2013, SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE, RIFT VALLEY PROVINCE, KENYA

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, vehicle driving through National Reserve.
2. Pan left, from elephants to UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Li Bing Bing photographing elephant herd from the roof hatch of her vehicle.
3. SOUNDUP (English) Li Bingbing, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador:
“Seems like I am in the movies; it’s not like real.”
4. Wide shot, elephant herd
5. Close up, Li
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Li Bingbing, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador:
“They eat grass over there, and then they come to the river and play together. It’s like the nature is their big family, their big home, and they eat there, they play here and then they walk maybe go somewhere.”
7. Med shot, guide listens as Li asks him about depth of river
8. Med shot, Li with elephants in the background
9. SOUNDUP (English) Dr. Ian Douglas-Hamilton, Save the Elephants:
“It’s called a skull, this is the head of the elephant. The tusks actually come out of here, so these are the tusk cavities, so the tusk comes out of this great big hole, and it comes all the way out here, like that. And so, if the tusk is taken it can only be taken by killing the elephant.
10. Wide shot, vultures on a tree
11. Med shot, Dr Ian Douglas-Hamilton stands with KWS (Kenya Wildlife Service) rangers and his daughter Saba Douglas-Hamilton waiting for Li Bingbing to arrive
12. Med shot, Li Bingbing arriving escorted by KWS rangers to poached elephant remains
13. Pan left, Li Bingbing walking around the remains of poached female elephant
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Li Bingbing, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador:
“People like you always protect them, but you still cannot control the world, the situation to stop people poaching them. It’s very, very sad. I don’t know what we can do, but we just want to say, don’t do this.”
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Ian Douglas-Hamilton, Save the Elephants:
“You know its god dam sad to see these dead elephants but Li Bingbing understands, and she feels and she translates that emotion to the world and to China, and to the Far East. It is really important to have her here.”
16. Med shot, dead elephant

STORYLINE:

On a fact-finding mission to Kenya, film actress Li Bingbing, one of China's most popular celebrities and a rising Hollywood star, has urged greater effort by governments and consumers to combat illegal wildlife trade.

Li travelled to Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya to visit Dr. Ian Douglas Hamilton and his family, who run the NGO Save the Elephants, and to see the animals thriving in their natural environment. She also got to see a poached elephant first hand.

SOUNDBITE (English) Li Bingbing, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador:
“They eat grass over there, and then they come to the river and play together. It’s like the nature is their big family, their big home, and they eat there, they play here and then they walk maybe go somewhere.”

Currently the poaching crisis is devastating elephant herds across Africa to feed the illegal ivory trade. Elephants are under dire threat, and 2012 was the deadliest year for elephants since record taking began. Demand for ivory has increased in the Far East and China, and the illegal trade in ivory is feeding the markets.

Li had an emotional and teary reaction to seeing the dead body of a 44-year-old poached female elephant.

SOUNDBITE (English) Li Bingbing, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador:
“People like you always protect them, but you still cannot control the world, the situation to stop people poaching them. It’s very, very sad. I don’t know what we can do, but we just want to say, don’t do this.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Ian Douglas-Hamilton, Save the Elephants:
“You know its god dam sad to see these dead elephants but Li Bingbing understands, and she feels and she translates that emotion to the world and to China, and to the Far East. It is really important to have her here.”

The Chinese actress left Africa determined to spread the word and will appear in public service announcements shot on location in Samburu during her visit to Kenya and which will be broadcast in China and all over the world.
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