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SCIENTISTS ATTEMPT TO SAVE ELEPHANTS USING SEIZED IVORY

01/29/2018

Scientists are using information gleaned from both illegal ivory art and elephant dung to provide clues that could help save their lives. The process consists of cutting up seized artifacts and subjecting them to carbon dating to determine when the elephants were killed. DNA from the ivory art is then compared to a DNA database derived from elephant dung to pinpoint where they lived. Previous work by the researchers has provided valuable information to focus poaching law enforcement in Africa and prosecute ivory traffickers elsewhere. For the full story see https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-15/seized-ivory-probed-f...