Illegal poaching and international trafficking in endangered species ranks among the largest of crimes, representing tens of billions of dollars per year.

Our facility has become part of an amazing project –http://www.barcodeofwildlife.org/ – through the National Zoological Gardens. This project aims to use DNA barcodes to identify species from minute samples in the investigation and prosecution of wildlife crimes.

Forensically gathered DNA samples were taken from our Cape foxes last week which will contribute to this project.

Sr. Marli Roelofse (Molecular Genetics Research Department, National Zoological Gardens of South Africa) takes a fur sample from a male Cape fox.

Sr. Marli Roelofse (Molecular Genetics
Research Department, National Zoological Gardens of South Africa) takes a fur sample from a male Cape fox.

Veterinarian, Dr Brett Russell, takes a blood sample from a female Cape fox.

Veterinarian, Dr Brett Russell, takes a blood sample from a female Cape fox.

Photographs to verify DNA gathering procedure are part of the project's protocol.

Photographs to verify DNA gathering procedure are part of the project’s protocol.

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