DNA Sampling of Illicit Elephant Ivory To Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Ivory samples were sent for DNA analysis as part of the ongoing U.S.- Singapore collaboration in combating wildlife trafficking.

Dr. Sam Wasser, Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Washington, cuts a small piece of ivory sample from 3,500 kilograms of illicit elephant ivory seized by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore in March 2018.  Ivory samples were sent for DNA analysis as part of the ongoing U.S.- Singapore collaboration in combating wildlife trafficking.