discussion / Wildlife Crime  / 18 June 2020

Recognising illegally-traded animal body parts

Greetings all, after working for many years in Sumatra, I know that tackling the illegal wildlife trade is hugely complicated and is made more given that items in trade may be small body parts - for instance porcupine gall bladder stones(!), tiger and bear  claws, canines from big cats while elephant ivory is often sawn into smaller pieces to make it easier to transport and more difficult to identify. Is it not possible that a recognition app could be developed to help make an initial identification of suspect items?