“Role Of Wild Life Forensics In Control Of Illicit Wild Life Trade”

Introduction: Wildlife forensics is the application of forensic science to the conservation and protection of non-domesticated animals, both in the wild and in captivity. Providing an in-depth introduction to this rapidly evolving field, Wildlife Forensic Investigation: Principles and Practice also chronicles aspects of the history of management, conservation, and environmental protection, with an emphasis on their global importance in the twenty-first century. This resource is essential for those involved in a range of endeavours, including investigating wildlife crime, identifying animal remains, ascertaining the circumstances of death of wild species, and other legal proceedings and activities concerning wildlife.

The forensic skills described in the lecture can be applied to a wide range of activities (not necessarily involving the legal process), including environmental impact assessments, insurance claims, governmental and other enquiries, checking of trading standards and the inspection of (for instance) pet-shops, animal boarding establishments, and zoological collections.

About the Guest Speaker:
S. K. GUPTA, Ph.D. Scientist – E at Dept. of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology at Wildlife Institute of India Chandrabani, Dehradun 248 001, India specialization are Wildlife forensics; conservation genetics; molecular microbiology; cell and molecular biology

Current Projects
• Examination of Wildlife Crime Cases (Examined more than 1500 Wildlife Crime Cases)
• Providing Expert Opinion in Judicial court related to examination of wildlife forensic cases
• Phytogeography of ungulates
• Development of molecular markers for wildlife conservation
• Applied conservation genetics of tigers for population management and enforcement
• Evolutionary and phylogenetic of endangered animal species

Career Achievements: Achievement and award
• CSIR-UGC (National Eligibility Test) for Lectureship in June 2002
• Junior Research Fellow in a DBT funded project at CCMB from October, 2002 to June 2006.

Work Places: Wii Dehradun.
About the Lecture: During the lecture Dr. S.K. Gupta explore the crucial role of wildlife forensic investigation with regard to live animals, dead animals and samples and covers national, regional, and international legislation. While the text particularly focuses on forensic science as it relates to wild animals, it also includes mention of plants and habitats because of their relevance to conservation. He discusses animal welfare as well as the damage that can be inflicted on humans and property by wildlife.

Conclusion: Wildlife forensics is the application of science to legal cases involving wildlife. This field uses scientific procedures to investigate wildlife-related crimes involving the exotic pet trade, poaching, other illegal hunting activities, and even oil spills. A wildlife forensics specialist is a scientist who uses chemical techniques to investigate wildlife crimes. These scientists analyse animals, animal parts and products, and other evidence collected by wildlife inspectors and other officials.


Date of Activity:

  • (29 OCTOBER 2018)

Organised By:  

  • Department of Biotechnology

Attended By:  

  • Ms. Alfia Sagheer, Faculties of Botany & Zoology department,Students of B.Sc. Biotechnology 5th semester, M.Sc. Botany 3rd and 1st semester, B.Sc. forestry 1st semester, M. sc. Microbiology 1st semester.

Submitted By:  

  • Mrs. Alfia Sagheer