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Lab leads charge in smuggling struggle

A dedicated team of about 10 forensic scientists is helping to even the playing field for police as organised wildlife gangs up their game

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As organised wildlife smuggling syndicates adopt advanced tactics to evade police, authorities say the latest forensic technology has helped put officers back on the front foot. 

ANIMAL INSTINCTS: A forensic scientist prepares samples for DNA testing at the Wildlife Forensic Science Unit.

''It's often that we get only slices of flesh from dead animals, carcasses, or only blood stains,'' Dr Kanita Ouitavon, a director of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department's Wildlife Forensic Science Unit, says. Without forensic testing, it would be impossible for authorities to determine which species these samples came from, making convictions against smugglers difficult.

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