Episode 2

Episode 2

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S1 E2: Hugh travels to South Africa, home to 70% of that other great iconic African species, the rhino. He learns that an estimated 25,000 rhino are left in Africa, and tragically they too are at the forefront of the poaching war. With six animals killed daily, their numbers are under even greater pressure than elephants. Hugh begins his journey at the anti-poaching head quarters of Kruger National Park. Last year, the team lost an estimated 800 rhino from the park in a battle to deal with 7,500 poaching incursions. The animals were not the only victims. In this complex ‘war’ a conservative estimate of 200 suspected poachers, several soldiers, two field rangers and a policeman have been killed. Outside the National Park, Hugh accompanies a group of farmers in a night raid of locals suspected of harbouring guns and rhino horn. He discovers that at the heart of the poaching problem in South Africa is a shocking poverty. He begins to understand why people are prepared to risk everything, including their lives, to kill rhino for their horn. Next, Hugh travels to The Hague where he joins a group of undercover investigators who are gathering evidence that incriminates a leading rhino horn trafficker in Vietnam. Given a code name, Little Wu, and online identity, Hugh helps to illicit shocking images of vast quantities of rhino horn that the trafficker has for sale. The team invite Hugh to join them in Vietnam on a mission to procure the critical evidence needed to confirm the seller’s illegal activities. Hugh arrives in Vietnam ahead of the investigators, and does some undercover work of his own. He wants to see how easy it is to buy rhino horn. Armed with secret cameras he is amazed at how quickly he can get to it. He also discovers that the extortionate price of rhino horn puts it out of reach of all but a wealthy elite. Although some believe it can cure cancer, it’s the status that owning and offering rhino horn confers that is driving the trade. Back on the trail of “Mr Big” the trafficker, Hugh and the undercover investigators encounter a serious problem: the film crew have been reported to local police who are now looking for them. Secret filming receives a prison sentence in Vietnam, and a heart-stopping exit from the country becomes critical. Back in the UK, Hugh is pursuing an interview with the Minister in charge of Britain’s ivory trade to get clarity on whether our Government will enact a promised ban on the UK ivory trade. He goes to Kenya to see what they are doing with their 105 tonne ivory stockpile. To take it out of any potential market, and show the world they are committed to ending the trade, in a spectacular display they burn it.