Elephant carcass investigation guidelines

Elephant lower jawWelcome to the CITES MIKE carcass forensic materials section. Here we present resources for the forensic investigation of elephant carcasses by patrol staff who are gathering data on elephant mortality for the MIKE programme. Note that the great majority of the information is from savannah elephant carcasses and we are looking for more information on forest elephant issues (some information on forest elephant carcasses is highlighted in green).

How to use this resource

Cover_01Navigate with the menu bar on the left to find about the different aspects of carcass investigations.

We are grateful to field researchers from all over the world for the material and advice for this site. Much of the data and investigative process here was derived from over 1,400 elephant carcasses surveyed by the Save the Elephants project, and other information has been provided by MIKE partners in other regions.

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