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New Jersey is a major hub for rhino horn trafficking.

Tamara chased this to Bayonne to meet with supermodel and animal advocate Amber Arbucci, who stepped behind the camera to raise awareness on wildlife conservation issues.

We were there overlooking one of the major trafficking hotspots, the port of Newark, as well as the Newark airport, where an Irish man, Michael Slattery, was arrest at Newark Airport for trafficking illegal black Rhino Horns.

She has gone from in front of the camera to behind the camera and her work has been featured all over the world. Amber is here now speaking at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival about these important issues.

Working with and around wildlife has always been a calling for her; she said, “ ever since I was a child I had wild dreams of being with animals, whether it is swimming with great white sharks or running with elephants, so even though I still have those dreams I feel lucky cause I’m actually living those dreams through my photography.”

Why are these horns and tusks trafficked? What is so special about them?

Amber says, “I honestly don’t even understand why people would want them, I mean to me killing off a species of animal in this day in age for something so ridiculous is beyond my understanding. However it is an important message to get out there and I feel that through education and this film festival this week, because the education is really what spurs on change.”

Cyril Christo is a wildlife photographer and conservationist.,

Cyril said, “The rhino horn is being taken by mostly the Vietnamese, after the Japanese destroyed about 600,000 elephants in the 80s so the Chinese are going after the elephant tusks and the rhino horns for medicinal purposes and statuesque trinkets from the tusks.”

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