‘The Legend of Tarzan’ Helps Save Elephants

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Alexander Skarsgard in ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ (Photo by Jonathan Olley © Warner Bros Entertainment)

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures along with the stars and filmmakers of The Legend of Tarzan are working to help raise funds for and awareness of the important work done by Stop Ivory, a non-governmental non-profit organization. Stop Ivory is dedicated to helping to save Africa’s forest elephants who could become extinct within the next 10 years if action is taken to protect the rare animals who live in Gabon. Conservationist and documentary filmmaker Josh Ponte was the film’s African technical advisor and has dedicated the past 15 years to helping to preserve Africa’s wildlife, with a focus on the forest elephants. Ponte assisted the actors, director David Yates, and the art and costume departments in capturing the history and culture of Africa, and is a director of the Stop Ivory organization.

Per Warner Bros Pictures, here’s the details on The Legend of Tarzan‘s partnership with Stop Ivory:

Now, the cast, filmmakers and Studios behind The Legend of Tarzan are joining forces with Stop Ivory in support of the Elephant Protection Initiative to help save this endangered animal. The partnership was forged in the spirit of creating entertaining, informative and meaningful ways to engage the global community of moviegoers to join the effort to end the poaching of Gabon’s surviving forest elephants while reinforcing the film’s central themes of humanity’s deep connections with wildlife and nature.

The campaign began in earnest with a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the Elephant Protection Initiative, featuring the film’s star Alexander Skarsgård and appearing on Regal Cinemas screens across the United States as part of their “Stars of Hope” program. More information is available at www.regmovies.com. Skarsgård and Margot Robbie will also be featured in an international Stop Ivory PSA, which will be seen in theaters, as well as broadcast and a variety of digital and social platforms.

On Twitter, Warner Bros. and Stop Ivory are participating in a “ReTweet for Good” campaign, with the studio making a donation to the organization for retweets of select Stop Ivory PSAs at designated times. Details will be available on Twitter and on the organization’s website.

Additionally, the Studio has created a featurette, entitled “From Gabon to the Big Screen,” which chronicles director David Yates’ journey with Ponte to capture the landscapes of Gabon for the film. It will bring viewers face-to-face with the beautiful animals they’ve joined forces to save. This video piece will open up the lush rainforests of Gabon and highlight the integral role forest elephants play in the ecological backbone of the region.

Finally, a limited number of movie-goers who see the film in international markets will receive a special plush elephant, signifying an additional donation has been made by Warner Bros. to the Stop Ivory campaign.

The Plot: It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.