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Sam Wasser on elephant poachers in New York Times

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 10:15

Sam Wasser's work to disrupt elephant poachers and traffickers is in the New York Times article, "In Africa, Geneticists Are Hunting Poachers."

Dr. Wasser’s primary target is traffickers, not poachers. Even when poachers are caught and convicted, he said, “there are 10 more waiting in line to replace them.”

But traffickers form the basis of the business that makes poaching profitable. “The analogy is, are you after a serial killer or a one-time murderer?” he asked.

To catch a serial killer, Dr. Wasser added, authorities require “intelligence-based forensics to prevent future crimes.”

Read the full article in the New York Times.

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