Africa Program: Genetics
Our mission is to build the first large scale systematic genetic repositories for the huntable species of African wildlife.
Methods & Research
Conservation genomics is a relatively new field of study that uses biotechnology for the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. Within species, the level of genetic diversity is directly proportional to a species' ability to adapt, survive and thrive.
Worldwide, the scientific community is realizing the value of collecting and preserving genetic material. Repositories are now being developed for humans, livestock, wildlife, insects, and plants.
Our project utilizes groups of hunting professionals, outfitters and veterinarians to collect genetic materials and health information from captured or killed animals and to archive this material with hunting organizations, museums, and universities. This archive of genetic material and health information will then form the foundation for a number of proposed genetic investigations of specific species.
Our professional partners will be provided with collection kits and training enabling them to properly gather and catalog DNA samples and health information from captured or harvested wildlife.