As many of you may know by now, we have been working diligently on the Sloth Project and have secured enough sponsorship to go ahead with the project. We have been working on securing sponsor over the last 6 months to go to South America and initiate a program for seeking out evidence of the existence of what has come to be known as the Giant Sloth. Prior to the aggressive seeking out of sponsorship, we have had a several reports and genetic evidence which leads us to believe that there is definitely a large mammal which fits the description of the Giant Sloth, but has remained previously undiscovered. The genetic evidence shared the greatest amount of homology with the family Bradypodidae, but is not consistent with genus Bradypus nor Choloepus. This points to a new and previously unknown species. Furthermore, we believe we now know the general trends in feeding pattern and seasonal migratory routes within the basin.
It is with great anticipation and much excitement that we are pleased to announce that our sponsorship is in place. We intend to go to South America (specifically the Amazon Basin) for a two year study on March 4, 2001. At this point we will set up twenty monitoring stations equipped with motion-activated camera capability. One station will be equipped with an infrared camera(about $13,000 alone). In addition, two teams will alternately track with the intent to film and sample. The tracking teams will attempt to find evidence for a four month period (returning on July 4th), while the stations will be maintained and monitored for a period of two years. S.C.O.P.E. Is paying all travel expenses. Photos will be released through our website as they come in, as well as video and audio. The tracking teams will maintain an online journal as well of their daily findings. When time allows, they will entertain interviews, but they should be fairly active and "on the move" during daylight hours, so these will be limited.
If you wish to track the teams in their quest, beginning March 14, our site will have a detailed map of the Amazon Basin, and the teams will be equipped with the newest Magellan GPS units. In order to track their daily process throughout the basin, as well as locations of the monitoring sites and upcoming announcements or changes to the itinerary, please visit our site (http://skunkape.veryweird.com/) and click the Sloth button beginning on February 1st. If you require more information, please feel free to call @ (513) 703-1066 or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to everyone for your support.
Webmaster and Founder, S.C.O.P.E.