African wildlife officials trained by UK crime scene investigators to tackle poaching

African wildlife officials trained by UK crime scene investigators to tackle poaching

Wildlife officials in Africa are to be trained by UK scientists in crime scene investigation and DNA forensic analysis to tackle elephant and rhino poaching. Officials in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe will receive specialist training to hep carry out forensic investigations on the crime scenes created by carcasses of animals slaughtered for their tusks or horns, conservation experts said. Staff from wildlife crime and trade organisations Edinburgh-based Trace and Cambridge-based Traffic will provide the training, with the support of £400,000 over two years from the People’s Postcode Lottery. The funding will also provide specialist tools including field forensic kits and DNA sequencing equipment.

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