The images are stark and grisly at the start of the short but bluntly powerful documentary “Gardeners of Eden”: Television news footage presents the bloody carcasses of elephants, shorn of their tusks, that are sold in the illegal ivory trade. And soon we are taken to Tsavo National Park in Kenya, the front line of the elephant slaughter in Africa, which is losing its population of these majestic mammals at an alarming rate. The film follows the efforts of Daphne Sheldrick, 80, of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which raises orphaned elephant calves and reintroduces them into the wild. And it accompanies members of the trust and armed Kenya Wildlife Service officers as they search for poachers and treat elephants wounded by wires planted to cripple herds.
Read the full New York Times movie review by Andy Webster, ‘Gardeners of Eden’ Tracks the Killing of Elephants for Ivory here.