A scene of crime is a spot, area or surrounding where an act which resulted into a crime took place. A crime scene is visited with a view to investigating a criminal act. The key principle of crime scene management is Locard’s Exchange Principle which states that every contact leaves a trace.
Wildlife forensic science contributes to solving crimes through investigative activities. These include determining the cause of wildlife death, identifying suspects, finding missing wildlife parts and profiling wildlife. Forensic scientists can identify suspects by analysing evidence found at the scene of a crime such as blood and fingerprints. Forensic science is also key in exonerating the innocent.
The International Consortium On Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) -This is a partnership between the CITES Secretariat, Interpol, UNODC, the World Bank and the World Customs Organization (WCO) and is a unique pool of technical and programming expertise to address wildlife and forest crime.