On March 1st, the Elephant Ivory Project (EIP) will begin their journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo to identify the locations and types of elephants being poached for illegal ivory trade. SPOT will provide EIP with its satellite-based messaging technology. Because SPOT uses 100% satellite technology, EIP will be able to send short updates to their ground crews and even their Facebook profile from remote areas.
During the expedition, the team will complete a DNA map of African elephants by collecting samples of elephant scat in the remote Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. By creating a DNA map, scientists can identify where illegal poaching is taking place and help protect the endangered elephants.
Elephant Ivory Project team members Trip Jennings, Andy Maser and Kyle Dickman, who make up Epicocity Films, will also be documenting the expedition to create an online and social media campaign to build public and political will for elephant conservation.
To learn more about the Elephant Ivory Project or to make a donation, visit www.elephantivoryproject.org.
Be sure to check out these other links:
Elephant Ivory Project (SPOT Adventures)
Elephant Ivory Project (Facebook)
Epicocity Project (blog)
Epicocity Project (videos)