Saturday, September 25, 2010

Mande -Burung.Team Members and Objectives.

  • The Team will be on expedition for approx three weeks.We will depart on Halloween, 31st October, from London, and return on 19/20 November.
  • I will be leading the team.I will be joined by Dave Archer and John McGowan, who will be bringing their tracking expertise to the team ,whilst Dr.Chris Clark and Richard Freeman will be providing technical and Zoological expertise respectively.
  • Dipu Marak will head up the Indian Team,which will include both trackers and porters.
  • We will be deploying traditional tracking techniques, as well as using hi-tech equipment such as infra red, camera traps, thermal imaging and field microscopes, as well as a helicam, if appropriate.
  • The team will be engaging in both arduous physical treks,and night stake outs.
  • We have already arranged a series of appointments with alleged Mande-Burung eyewitnesses.
  • The expedition will be filmed for a forthcoming documentary.
  • I would love to see one, but at the end of the day, its all about the science.Getting pictures on the camera traps would be amazing.What the expedition really hopes to do though, is get tangible physical evidence of the creature,should it exist,which can then be analysed by independent scientific experts.(e.g. to extract D.N.A for the mapping of genomes).
  • I also hope to have a great adventure whilst we are there, and get to chill with the locals!

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