SPOT will be supporting filmmakers Trip Jennings, Andy Maser and team for the Elephant Ivory Project. The Elephant Ivory Project, a partnership with the Center for Conservation Biology and other organizations, was started to help put a stop to the growing illegal ivory trade.
The Elephant Ivory Project will soon begin an expedition to 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 endangered elephants.
Trip, Andy and writer, Kyle Dickman, formed Epicocity Project, a media company that produces video combining adventure and advocacy for global environmental issues for media outlets such as National Geographic, Outside, Wend, Canoe & Kayak, and various film festivals.
Take a look Andy’s SPOT Adventures profile where he tracks other expeditions in places such as Laos, Cambodia, Brazil and his home state of Oregon. Check out where Andy and his team spent time kayaking down the Mekong River in Laos to research the effects of what a proposed dam will have on the main stem of the river.