– Film Threat


– Santa Barbara Independent


– San Diego Reader


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the conservation game

Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate on captive big cats in America, THE CONSERVATION GAME follows the story of Tim Harrison, a retired cop who makes a bombshell discovery while undercover at an exotic animal auction. He starts to suspect that America’s top television celebrity conservationists may be secretly connected to the exotic pet trade. What follows is a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, filled with lies, deception, and coverups.

As his investigation leads deeper into the secret world of the big cat trade, Tim and his team take their fight to the halls of Congress, pressing lawmakers to pass federal legislation that would end the private breeding and exploitation of these endangered and majestic animals. But when opposition comes from an unexpected source, Tim is forced to face the demons of his own past, while wrestling with the consequences of exposing his childhood hero.

“If Tiger King is the tabloid take on the big cat story,
The Conservation Game
is the Pro Publica version.”

– Film Threat


Michael Webber

THE CONSERVATION GAME is the result of a three-year investigation by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Webber, director of the hit documentary The Elephant in the Living Room.

Michael’s films have won 5 Best Documentary Awards, an Independent Spirit Award, a Social Justice Award, and a Director’s Choice Award from Michael Moore. Prior to his documentary work, Webber spent years producing fiction films released by studios such as 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate.

In recent years, Michael has become known for his contribution to the exotic animal advocacy cause. He is winner of the coveted Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States, has participated in countless exotic animal rescues, and was the keynote speaker for the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance.

Michael has participated in numerous film panels, university film programs, and film juries. He has been a featured guest on countless television and radio talk shows including NPR, The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, and Nightline. His work has been the topic of an ABC 20/20 special and has been featured in major US publications including the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The Hill, Politico, and more.

“Michael Webber’s documentary blows the lid off this scam, exposing the seedy underbelly of TV animal trafficking.”

– Film Threat

“Wisely, director Michael Webber takes an approach that is the polar opposite of The Tiger King.”

“Rivals both Blackfish and The Cove for sheer bullseye effectiveness.”

– The Columbus Underground


TIM Harrison

Tim Harrison is a retired police officer, firefighter, and paramedic for the city of Oakwood, Ohio, as well as a world-renowned expert on dangerous exotic animals. He has authored two books on the subject and his work has been featured on virtually every major television network, including guest appearances on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Dateline, 20/20, Dr. Oz, Fox and Friends, ABC World News Tonight and countless radio programs.

Tim is the director of Outreach for Animals, a non-profit animal advocacy organization whose mission is to teach people proper behavior around wildlife. Tim is an adjunct instructor for a major training facility specializing in unified command for disasters through Homeland Security and FEMA funding. He is also a highly decorated martial arts fighter and instructor that has been inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

The Conservation Game’s hero is profoundly decent.”

– Film Threat

The Conservation Game will potentially change the animal entertainment industry forever.”

– Film Threat


carney anne nasser

Professor Carney Anne Nasser is the expert animal protection attorney who pitched the wildlife trafficking case against Joe Exotic, triggering the investigation that led to his conviction.

Carney Anne is a Research Fellow with Harvard’s Animal Law & Policy Program and the founding director of the animal welfare clinic at Michigan State University College of Law. Professor Nasser has become known for her success and expertise in combatting the exotic pet trade, wildlife trafficking, and the protection of big cats.

Nasser is a regular contributor to the international anti-trafficking treaty and serves as a media spokesperson on a wide range of animal protection issues, with contributions to National Geographic, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Longreads, New York Times, CNN, and the Today Show.

In The News

MSNBC | Tim Harrison on Tiger Crisis [Watch]
THE WRAP | Documentary Wins Social Justice Award [Read]
DEADLINE | The Conservation Games Arrives in LA [Read]
THE DAILY MAIL | TCG Makes Theatrical Premiere in LA [Read]
1010 WINS NYC Radio | New Film Premieres [Listen]
VARIETY | Film Answers Important Questions [Read]
NEWSWEEK | Tiger King Star Urges People to Watch Conservation Game [Read]
BUZZFEED | The Truth Behind Big Cat Crisis [Read]
PEOPLE | Answers Questions Tiger King Glossed Over [Read]
WASHINGTON POST | The Conservation Game Raises Questions… [Read]
ASSOCIATED PRESS | Unbearable Year for Jack Hanna’s Zoo [Read]
ASSOCIATED PRESS | Jack Hanna’s Zoo Appeal is Denied [Read]


VARIETY | The Conservation Game Scores Global Sales [Read]
CNN | New Documentary on Big Cat Ownership [Watch]
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER | Baskin Behind The Conservation Game [Read]
VARIETY | Trailer for Exotic Big Cats Revealed [Read]
NPR | Jack Hanna in New Documentary [Listen] [iTunes]
INSIDE EDITION | Allegations Surface in Documentary [Watch]
COLUMBUS DISPATCH | [Part I] [Part II] [Part III] [Part IV]
THE BOTTOM LINE | Film Highlights US Exotic Trade [Watch]
THE HILL | New Documentary of Unregulated Trade [Read]
POLITICO | DC Premiere of New Documentary [Read]
THE DAILY BEAST | Prowling the Halls of Congress [Read]
NEWSWEEK | Famed Zoo Loses Accreditation, Doc Raises Questions [Read]

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