Fighting rhino poaching in India, CSI-style
Rhino DNA: from field to database to court.
The Rhino DNA Index System (RhODIS) was born in the University of Pretoria’s Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) in 2010. Since then, the RhODIS team has prepared more than 200 forensic reports, securing at least six high-profile convictions thus far including Xuan Hoang – a Vietnamese citizen sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment after being found with poached rhinoceros horns in his baggage at the Johannesburg airport. On top of that, the RhODIS database has played a crucial role in identifying the origin of many recovered horns, such as those recovered from a Vietnamese trafficker less than six weeks after the rhinoceros were poached in Kruger National Park.