Rhino DNA Database Helps Officials Catch Poachers And Traffickers
12 January 2018
A DNA database system is helping authorities prosecute and convict poachers and rhino horn traffickers in Africa.
RhODIS, as the system is called, is built on a foundational database with genetic information from nearly 4,000 individual rhinos.
By comparing the frequencies of alleles in confiscated horn and horn products with those in tissue from a poached animal, investigators can then come up with a probable match for where that horn came from.
So far, RhODIS has been instrumental in nine convictions in East and Southern Africa.