The Elephant Trunk contains supplementary materials that can be used for enriching classroom discussion about ivory, poaching, and conservation. The Elephant Trunk includes:
Who Dung It? is the original curriculum developed in 2002. The scenario starts at SEA-TAC Airport returning for HongKong. Someone close to you is being held by customs for an ivory piece found in their luggage. You have to find out if this ivory was illegally obtained.
These alternate scenarios were developed to address the current urgent context of elephant poaching. These scenarios emphasize the connection between illegal ivory and terrorist groups.
Web links to various sites concerning conservation.
Four selected web resources identified by SEP Lead Teachers, July 2014:
Below are two alternative scenarios to setup the Elephant Project, placing the work in the current urgent context of extreme levels of elephant poaching.
The Elephant Trunk contains The Elephant Project curriculum and the supplementary resources to enrich The Elephant Project experience. This problem-based curriculum integrates Internet research, DNA analysis, and bioethical issues as students track down the origins of a piece of confiscated ivory. Students discover how modern biomolecular research tools can help conserve a species, in this case the African elephant.
SEP teachers and staff collaborated in developing this learning experience in 2000. Like most SEP kits, it offers a menu of options so that teachers can modify the materials and protocols to match their teaching situation.
To learn more about the current status of African elephant populations and to understand the methods used by staff at the UW Center for Conservation Biology, use the links to current articles and web resources in the boxes below.
Meet Trip Jennings as he helps Sam Wasser protect elephants.
The SEP Elephant Trunk curriculum is based on the groundbreaking work of the University of Washington's Dr. Sam Wasser. Here are several links concerning his conservation work.
Roosevelt High School student Bonnie Henwood made this fantastic video, Conserving African Elephants, for the 2012 BioExpo.