Yao Ming's first stop in Africa is in Kenya where he meets the Samburu, an ancient people who've lived peacefully with elephants for centuries. They bond over their love of basketball & discuss how the crisis has hurt the Samburu.
A Modern Icon and an Ancient People Band Together to Fight Poaching
Baby elephants need their herd & parents to teach them how to survive in the bush. But the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust brings orphaned babies together to form their new family unit. Watch one baby elephant fall in love with Yao.
Baby Elephant Falls In Love with Yao ... And, It's ADORABLE
Baby elephants who've lost their parents are cared for by sanctuary workers. They have fellow orphans to learn from each other and how to survive in the wild, a process that can take up to 10 years.
Baby Elephants Trained to Be Elephants ... By Loving Humans
Former NBA basketball star Yao Ming is on a mission to change a 1,000-year-old Chinese tradition and end trade of illegal ivory and rhino horn in his home country.
Be Ivory Free: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too
Ivory poaching is a multi-billion black market business - and it has taken its toll. The crisis is at a tipping point with both elephants and rhinos facing extinction. Can one man make a difference and bring the message back to China?
Can One Man Inspire His Countrymen to End Poaching for Good?
Elephants are very social creatures. They are playful, loving and the family unit is very essential to their survival. They also mourn the deaths of their loved ones.
Elephant Families Are Just Like Us - They Play, They Love, They Mourn
Yao learns about elephants from the Samburu people, who have been living peacefully alongside them for centuries. Their culture and livelihoods are also endangered by the poaching crisis.
Meet the Samburu, They Hold Elephants Close to Their Hearts
Yao and the wildlife organization WildAid won a stunning victory in their campaign to drive down shark fin demand - sales in China have dropped 50-70%! They believe they've found a model - "When the buying stops, the killing can too."
Yao Helped Slash Shark Fin Demand! We Can Do It for Ivory Too!
WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT: Yao visits the Samburu Nationa Reserve to see the carnage and death first hand. The carcasses from the savage slaughters of these beautiful animals dot the landscape.
Yao: 'If We Buy Ivory, It Makes All of Us Killers as Well'
Rhinos are being poached at an alarming rate, to supply a medical delusion. Rhino horns are made of keratin - the same substance that makes up human hair and nails - and have no scientific proof of holding any medicinal properties.
Rhinos Babies Just Want To Be Loved Too
Yao visits the world-renowned Kruger National Park where he sees how the poaching crisis has extended all the way to South Africa. They use some of the most sophisticated conservation technology to help them in their battle.
Kruger National Park, a Hot Target for Poachers
Yao visits the Kenya WIldlife Service where he is allowed to enter a highly secured room where thousands of ivory tusks are stored. The sheer volume of tusks is horrifying.
Thousands of Ivory Tusks Seized By Kenyan Government to Be Burned
At the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a wildlife sanctuary specializing in elephant pediatrics, traumatized & rescued elephants are cared for by their new human keepers. They're frightened & like all babies, just need a lot of love.
Traumatized Baby Elephants Find New Human Parents