Watch Hugo Guinness’s heartbreaking animation about ivory poaching

Every orphan of ivory poaching once had a family. This is their story.

So reads to the simple, but devastatingly effective, introduction to the line drawing animation created by Hugo Guinness, capturing the plight of elephants caught up in the ivory trade.

The short film, titled ‘I will always remember you’, shows how elephant families are being torn apart by ivory poaching. It also illustrates the life saving work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

The animation, created entirely through painstaking pen to paper illustrations, was produced by Allegra Pilkington and Luisa Crosbie. It was inspired from the artwork, vision and heart of Hugo and took 5 months to create. The original music for the film was composed by Joe Trapanese.

“I really wanted to make people cry”, the animator told Vogue. “I just wanted to do something really powerful and emotional and without humans in it”, he said.

As shown in the short film the stories of ivory orphans don’t end when they arrive at the DSWT Nursery. Survivors like the orphan elephant in the film, have the opportunity to not only live, but to go on and start their own families back in the wild.



  1. Heartbreaking but heartwarming in equal measure. The simplistic nature of the animation makes it all the more effective.

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