Rhino War (1987)

Genres - Culture & Society, Nature  |   Sub-Genres - Animals, Environmental Science, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by John Schietinger

Set in the picturesque landscape of Zimbabwe, Rhino War documents the attempts both to save and to capture the rare black rhino. In the often intense and violent video footage, poachers ruthlessly chase after black rhinos for their valuable horns, which can fetch upwards of $7,000. On the other end of the spectrum are rangers, who are portrayed as heroic and noble, striving to save the dying species with fenced sanctuaries. Ladysmith Black Mambazo provides the music for this gory and disturbing, yet ultimately hopeful examination of an animal struggling to survive.

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Africa, animal, capture, endangered-species, poaching, protection, ranger [military], rhinoceros, struggle