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  • Online tool speeds response to elephant poaching by tracing ivory to source

    Illegal hunting is a major threat to African elephants, with more elephants killed by poachers than from natural causes. A new tool will help trace the origins of ivory seized from poachers.

    Illegal hunting is a major threat to African elephants, with more elephants killed by poachers than from natural causes. A new tool will help trace the origins of ivory seized from poachers.

    Photos by Michael Jeffords and Susan Post

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Alfred Roca, call 217-244-8853; email roca@illinois.edu.  

    The paper “Loxodonta Localizer: A software tool for inferring the provenance of African elephants and their ivory using mitochondrial DNA” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1093/jhered/esz058

    Michael Jeffords and Susan Post are wildlife photographers and research affiliates of the Illinois Natural History Survey at the Prairie Research Institute of the U. of I. Their photographs are available here.