Wildlife forensic science and conservation

Microscopy

Identification of mammalian hair using microscopy

Expert Advice

We hold global recognition in this niche field

Crime Scene Interpretation

Examination of animal hair recovered from crime scenes

Wildlife-related crimes

Assist to solve through forensic science

Conservation

Faunal ecological studies & mammal conservation

Forensic Science Workshops

Wildlife forensic science workshops & presentations

Mammal Conservation Agencies

Through wildlife forensic science we identify wildlife involved in crimes, assist to solve wildlife-related legal matters and improve biodiversity conservation outcomes.

To support mammal conservation agencies, we use microscopical examination to identify mammalian hairs recovered from ecological and biodiversity surveys.

We analyse mammalian hair retrieved from environmental traps or tubes, scats (animal faeces), and the environment. The generated data provides benchmarks for assessing data from future surveys.

We examine animal hair obtained from imported taxidermied animals, and products containing animal hair, to identify that the animal is not on the CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) list of protected species.

We also examine animal hair recovered from crime scenes, clothing, alleged weapons, and other relevant items to assist in wildlife crime and conservation cases. And we review interpretations of animal hair examinations conducted by other practitioners and forensic scientists.

An expert in the examination of animal hair

Dr. Silvana Tridico, Director and principal forensic biologist at Forensic Science & WildLife Matters, specialises in the identification of animal hairs in the areas of genetic and acquired characteristics, crimes against a person, forensic wildlife, faunal ecological studies and mammal conservation.

Every year thousands of wild mammals are sold globally through illegal trade. Wildlife forensic science is at the forefront of identifying wildlife involved in crimes to prosecute criminals, as well as gain a better understanding of the illegal wildlife trade.

Wildlife forensic science is a complicated field considering there are thousands of species of animals. The examination of animal hair is a well-established discipline that requires a specialised skill set and knowledge to attribute appropriate weight to the findings.

Silvana has both national and international standing in this niche area of expertise.

Microscopical examination of animal hair

Wildlife crimes include, but are not limited to, animal trafficking, cruelty to animals, habitat destruction, poaching for trophies or medicinal purposes, animal parts used to make ornaments, etc.

Convictions can carry significant sentences. We ensure that the same high level of crime scene processing and evidence handling that we apply to crimes against humans is also applied through our wildlife forensic science practices.

What is a wildlife crime?

Wildlife crimes include, but are not limited to, animal trafficking, cruelty to animals, habitat destruction, poaching for trophies or medicinal purposes, animal parts used to make ornaments, etc.

Convictions can carry significant sentences. We ensure that the same high level of crime scene processing and evidence handling that we apply to crimes against humans is also applied through our wildlife forensic science practices.

Wildlife forensic science workshops

Forensic Science & WildLife Matters deliver interactive and engaging on-site wildlife forensic science workshops to younger students. Our workshops provide an overview of the procedures and protocols used by a forensic scientist to examine an animal crime scene and identify associated evidence.

We also offer practical lectures and presentations concerning the application of forensic biology to wildlife crimes to colleges and universities.

Our objective is to inspire the next generation in the vital and worthy cause of animal conservation and preserving the biodiversity of our vulnerable mammals.

Learn more about our wildlife forensic science workshops

Forensic Science Services

At Forensic Science & WildLife Matters, we provide a comprehensive range of forensic science services. Covering crime scene interpretation, analyses of trace and biological evidence, DNA profiling, bloodstain pattern analysis, the examination of human and animal hair, through to expert witness at court.

We assist:

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Forensic Biology - Trace Evidence & DNA Profiling
Archaeological Research - Hair examination

Wildlife Forensic Science

For further information regarding our wildlife forensic science protocols and how we can assist you, please contact us on 0428 287 294 or send your enquiry via email at enquiries@fswlm.com.au

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