DNA sleuthing pinpoints two African elephant poaching hot spots

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Using genetic tests and big data to fight wildlife poachers. _DNA testing on tons of ivory seized from traffickers has identified two elephant poaching "hot spots" in Africa in a development scientists hope will spur a crackdown on the illegal trade decimating the population of Earth's largest land animal. Scientists said on Thursday genetic tests on 28 large ivory seizures, each more than half a ton, pinpointed the geographic origin of the tusks from the two types of African elephant, the savanna elephant and the somewhat smaller forest elephant. "We were very, very surprised to find that over the last decade almost all of these seizures came from just two places in Africa,"_

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