Using DNA to track the origin of the largest ivory seizure since the 1989 trade ban

Using DNA to track the origin of the largest ivory seizure since the 1989 trade

The illegal ivory trade recently intensified to the highest levels ever reported. Policing this trafficking has been hampered by the inability to reliably determine geographic origin of contraband ivory. Ivory can be smuggled across multiple international borders and along numerous trade routes, making poaching hotspots and potential trade routes difficult to identify. This also makes it difficult to refute a country's denial of poaching problems. We extend an innovative DNA assignment method to determine the geographic origin(s) of large elephant ivory seizures.

Experts

Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Directrice France et Afrique francophone
Directrice France et Afrique francophone
Dr. Cynthia Moss, IFAW Elephant Expert
IFAW Experte éléphants
Grace Ge Gabriel, Asia Regional Director
Directrice régionale Asie
James Isiche, Directeur régional Afrique de l’Est
Directeur régional Afrique de l’Est
Directeur du programme Éléphants, Directeur régional Afrique australe
Directeur du programme Éléphants, Directeur régional Afrique australe
Jason Bell, Program Director, Elephants Regional Director, South Africa
Program Director, Elephants, Regional Director, South Africa
Peter Pueschel, Directeur Accords internationaux sur l'environnement
Directeur Accords internationaux sur l'environnement
Vivek Menon, Directeur du Wildlife Trust of India, partenaire d'IFAW
Directeur du Wildlife Trust of India, partenaire d'IFAW