COVINGTON, La., March 8, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spot LLC, a leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technology today announced its partnership with international explorers and conservationists Epicocity Project, on their upcoming Elephant Ivory Project, (EIP) expedition. The team aims to identify the locations and types of elephants being poached in the Democratic Republic of Congo while raising global awareness on the growing illegal ivory trade through social media and a feature documentary.
The demand for ivory has increased in recent years, leading to the rising number of elephants being poached. Over the five week expedition, the team will join forces with biology department director Sam Wasser and the Conservation Biology lab at the University of Washington to complete a DNA map of African elephants by collecting samples of elephant scat in the remote Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The DNA map will identify herds that are being targeted and help track illegal ivory trade routes.
SPOT will provide EIP with its satellite-based messaging technology allowing for reliable satellite messaging during the expedition. The EIP team is relying heavily on social media to help raise awareness and education. Equipped with SPOT Satellite GPS Messengers and Delorme PN-60w with SPOT Communicators, the team will be sending custom messages and sharing important location coordinates with others from one of the most remote regions in the world."SPOT's unique ability to integrate with Facebook, Twitter, the EIP Blog and SPOT Adventures is an essential component to the project," said EIP leader Trip Jennings. "SPOT technology allows us to update scientists, our supporters, sponsors and loved ones back home on our progress across the Congo." "SPOT provides the team with essential tools for not only logistics and communication, but also safety," said Katie Schoeben, Director of Marketing, Spot LLC. "During the expedition, the team can utilize SPOT's multiple message features, including the ability to request help from others if needed. We are thrilled to be part of such a worthy cause."