Ahead of World Ranger Day, Sunday, July 31st,National Geographic Channel (NGC) announced today its first production of a virtual reality (VR) documentary short film, National Geographic Channel Announces Its First Virtual Reality Short Documentary Film THE PROTECTORS.


The project will expose the dangerous and grueling reality faced by rangers protecting African elephants from ivory poachers. Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow ("Last Days," "The Hurt Locker") and VR creator Imraan Esmail ("The Displaced," "Valen) will co-create this 12-minute VR film in partnership with Here Be Dragons (formerly Vrse.works), one of the leading innovators in VR spherical filmmaking, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, known for their critically acclaimed films including "Zero Dark Thirty," "Her," "Foxcatcher" and "American Hustle," The Protectors will transport users to a day in the life of African rangers protecting elephants from ivory poachers.


National Geographic jumped head-first into the VR Video game about six months ago, and has not come up for water since. We’ve seen underwater shoots, helicopter shots, and now we’re going to get to see an actual Documentary Film titled The Protectors.


Keep up the awesome work, NatGeo.