Great news from Nairobi Kenya, the Kenya wildlife service just received an amount of $190,000 from the USA government for it to set up a forensic laboratory. According to Dr. George Amato who is the director of Sackier Institute for Comparative Genomics of the American Museums of Natural History, this laboratory should be in form of-the-art facility as well as a regional referral centre for all the molecular diagnostics of wildlife-related offenses.
The moment it is completed, this forensics and molecular biology laboratory will be used as an education center in population genetics as well as eradication of poaching vice in all national parks and game reserves through the use of credible prosecutorial evidence in court that they will have got after examining the animals affected in that case. Amato said all this during his speech at the luncheon held in honor of a KWES delegation to the U.S. They also promised to provide all the necessary support required in the trainings that will be held at the laboratory, ensure collaborative research, carry out exchange programs and also help in providing the required equipment for the laboratory.
Julius Kipng’etich is the director of KWS and also the leader of the KWS delegation to develop partnerships to encourage the authority’s Fund and also soliciting for more money to build the laboratory which will be in Nairobi at KWS headquarters. He appreciated and recognized an increased partnership between Kenya and America and also noted that KWS is very much excited about using science-based decision making in wildlife management.
He also emphasized the point that it is very important for Kenya to be able to prove cases of bush meat trade and also be able to track down all illegal wildlife products at the airports and other ports of entry before they reach their markets. The Sackier Institute is the very first American research center for wildlife conservation genetics, molecular ecology, wildlife forensics and small population biology and therefore it does hold the largest frozen tissue depository center in the whole world.
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