Running the world’s only forensic animal crime lab

Forensic Animal LabWhen was the last time you thought of a bird or a tree as a victim of a crime? Or if the leather used in a purse is actually skin from an endangered sea turtle? Or if fish eggs sold as caviar are from a sturgeon or a copycat? At the US Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory, these are the mysteries a team of geneticists, pathologists, and morphologists specializing in wildlife forensics are tasked to solve. The lab supports a network of federal agents and inspectors who are trying to protect endangered species and take down wildlife traffickers.