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The Crime Scene: Garamba National Park, DRC

Your Goal Is to Identify the Origin of the Ivory

The region where the tusks were seized is roughly the same distance from three national parks: Garamba National Park, Bomu Wildlife Reserve, and Okapi Wildlife Reserve. Are these tusks from the elephants that were killed in Garamba National Park or did they come from one of the other parks?

You will use DNA analysis to see if the DNA extracted from the tusks found in the truck matches any of the DNA isolated from the dead Garamba Park elephants.

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Map of African Elephant Range

There are fewer than 470,000 wild elephants in Africa today. The shading indicates elephant-occupied areas, most of which are located in protected parks.