Our field teams are using forensic science and working with law enforcement agencies to track down poachers and stop the illegal ivory trade.
Tracking down poachers has always been the job of law enforcement. But it is nearly impossible for anti-poaching units to recover fingerprints from elephant tusks or hippopotamus teeth after a few days have passed.
We needed a better way to tag fingerprints on ivory to track down poachers.
We are working with scientists from King’s College London and the Metropolitan Police Service who have researched a powder with particles smaller than the head of a pin, allowing investigators to recover fingerprints off ivory.
With this discovery, enforcement agencies across the world are now able to connect specific poachers to the elephants they’ve killed.
ifaw has distributed more than 200 of these ivory fingerprinting kits to more than 40 countries.
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