2.7 million pangolins are poached each year, making them the most illegally trafficked mammals in the world. The scaly anteaters are found in Asia and Africa but their numbers are dwindling due to illegal international trade.
Shini Somara joins a team of scientists from the University of Portsmouth who are using forensic fingerprinting techniques to help disrupt the poachers and aid criminal investigations.
The new method works by lifting finger-marks from the scales of the endangered animals using gelatine lifters with a low-adhesive gelatine layer on one side. These are universally used by forensic practitioners to lift footwear marks, finger-marks and trace materials off various objects in criminal investigations. The gelatine lifter is easily applied to the scale, removed and scanned using a specialist scanning system. Preliminary trials with the UK’s Border Force have shown the method is significantly contributing to the disruption of illegal trafficking of the animal.
Dr. Brian Chapell - Senior Lecturer in Criminal Investigation, UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH
Jac Reed - Senior lecturer in Forensic Science, UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH
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