Donated ivory fingerprinting kit helps nab 15 trafficking suspects

In October 2016, in efforts to combat wildlife crime, IFAW donated a fingerprinting kit to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) that would be used to detect fingerprints on ivory. The kit, which would be stationed at KWS headquarters or at their Jomo Kenyatta International Airport office in Nairobi, was developed by the Metropolitan Police and Kings College in London. This kit and 14 others donated since then have been instrumental in the investigation  and arrest of 15 ivory trafficking suspects found in possession of varying weights of raw and worked ivory totaling 16 kilos.

Ordinary fingerprinting kits cannot detect fingerprints on ivory due to its porous nature. This specific kit, which took years to develop, has been termed as a ‘game-changer’ in the fight against ivory trafficking.

--JN

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