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Vote for Trip Jennings – Help Protect Elephants from the Ivory Trade

Check out the letter below from Trip Jennings, an AMK sponsored athlete and  National Geographic Young Explorer.  Trip needs votes in order to be the recipient of a Nat Geo grant that will help fund an expedition to the Democratic Republic of Congo to collect elephant DNA that can help protect these animals from the ivory trade.  Trip is an amazing filmmaker, explorer and also just happens to be a great guy. Please support him by voting – plus you area entered to win an adventure of your own!

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Letter From Trip:
Hello friends,

Today voting went live on a National Geographic Channel contest between myself and Ben Horton, another National Geographic explorer. The two of us talk about our dream expedition on-air and online and viewers are asked to vote. The winner gets funding for their expedition.

I need your votes! And I need you to get your friends, family, coworkers, pets etc. to vote for me as well.

My expedition will take me back to the Democratic Republic of Congo to collect elephant DNA for pioneering conservation biologist Sam Wasser. The DNA will be used to pinpoint poaching hotspots so that anti-poaching resources can be directed where they are most needed. Did you know that the elephant poaching rate and price of ivory are at record levels? Did you know that in just two decades the only surviving elephants could be those behind fences with armed guards? I need your vote to help protect these special animals.


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Today, National Geographic Explorer Trip Jennings will go head to head with fellow explorer, Ben Horton, to compete for funding to venture to the Democratic Republic of Congo to save elephants from illegal poaching. The National Geographic Channel kicks off the contest, Expedition Granted, today October 26, which will end on November 15. The channel will feature videos from each explorer about his expedition on-air and online, and viewers will have the chance to choose which explorer should have his Expedition Granted. National Geographic will award the explorer with the most votes funding for their expedition.

With elephant poaching at unprecedented levels, ivory selling at record prices and elephant populations plummeting, Jennings hopes to use his expedition to protect endangered elephants. He has proposed to complete a map of African elephant DNA for pioneering conservation biologist Samuel Wasser by traveling to the Congo, which is considered too dangerous and remote for scientists to travel. Jennings plans to complete the DNA map in the Congo by collecting elephant scat near the borders of Angola and Uganda. Wasser uses existing DNA maps to identify poaching hotspots by analyzing ivory seizures from around the world. He is able to locate where each poached elephant lived and help direct resources to regions where they are most needed. However, he is not able to identify hotspots in the due to lack of data.

In 2009, the price of ivory reached record highs—in some cases exceeding the price of drugs, which has lead to organized crime syndicates of wealthy ivory poachers hammering elephant herds. The highest demand for ivory comes from China for use in artisan stamps and seals and the next highest from the United States for handles of knives and guns.

According to Wasser, “elephants are being killed by poachers at a rate of 10 percent per year. With only 470,000 elephants left in the world, it means that in just a few years the only elephants left will live in small populations behind fences with armed guards.”

Jennings and Wasser both agree that two major problems face elephants today: first enough data exists to identify all poaching hotspots and second, few people know how serious the elephant poaching problem is.

“I hope to address the two largest issues affecting elephants by going into the jungle with a backpack full of camera gear to document the herds and leaving the jungle with a backpack full of elephant poop to complete the DNA map,” Jennings said. “It’s hard to imagine wild elephants being wiped out during our lifetime. With enough votes, I’ll be able to work to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

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