Journalist Plants GPS Devices into Fake Elephant Tusks to Track Poaching. What Happens Next Is Truly Shocking

Bryan Christy is one amazing investigative journalist associated with National geographic. His latest mission was to hunt down people who killed elephants and he devised a remarkable method to see who or what was behind the rampant poaching and all those involved.

The journalist tracked elephant tusks embedded with GPS tracking chips but here’s the catch, they weren’t real elephant tusks they were fake but poachers and the smuggling ring unearthed by Christy never knew that. His story appeared in National Geographic’s September issue of 2015. Christy narrated how he hired the skills of a Taxidermist George Dantes to create two large artificial elephant tusks. He then embedded the elephant tusks with GPS tracking device.

1 The tusks were tracked on Google maps

Christy had already received information how Tusks were being diverted to China from illegal poaching despite the ban imposed by The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Christy knew somehow poachers were in league with corrupt militia. Despite the Ban 33,000 elephants are being killed every year for their ivory which could make the African elephant extinct in 50 years.


tusks were tracked on Google maps

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2 China the ultimate destination for Ivory

Bryan Christy then narrated how he tracked the tusks on Google maps. From Congo’s Garambha National park they were taken to South Sudan. At one time he also found through the tracking devices that the tusks were buried underground. In Sudan’s Darfur region, Tusks are frequently traded for arms and medicine. Ultimately they end up in China.

Tusks are frequently traded

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