Victoria couple saving elephants one mile at a time

Victoria West residents passionate about combating ivory trade

Victoria veterinarian and photographer Dag Goering of Victoria gets nuzzled by a baby elephant. He and his wife

Victoria veterinarian and photographer Dag Goering of Victoria gets nuzzled by a baby elephant. He and his wife

The well-being and conservation of elephants is a priority for Dag Goering and Maria Coffey of Victoria.

Goering, a large-animal veterinarian, and Coffey, a published author, created the conservation project Elephant Earth Initiative in 2008.

The husband-wife team also own an adventure travel company and are leading two separate nine-day treks through Kenya in 2013 for people keen on helping save the African giants.

With the demand for ivory resulting in the slaughter of the animals, the couple is calling on locals to help fund efforts to help prevent the harvesting of elephants for their tusks.

For the 100 Miles for Elephants campaign, trekkers who make the Kenyan trip are being asked to raise $2,500 each.

Funds raised will support Space for Giants, an organization that is training and equipping scouts to stop elephant poaching in Kenya’s Kirisia Hills, an established elephant sanctuary.

An information session for interested parties happens from 7 to 9 p.m. next Wednesday (Oct. 24) in the Collard Room at Swan’s Brew Pub, 506 Pandora Ave.

Call 250-995-3003 to RSVP for the info session or visit elephant earth.org for more information.

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