Management of Wildlife Crime Scenes & the Collection of Toolmarks in Rhinoceros Horns and Skulls
Written by Michael S. Ward & Jacobus Steyl   
At the rate that African rhinoceroses are currently being poached (illegally hunted), they may be extinct in the wild by the year 2026. Due to the remote locations where wildlife crime scenes often occur and the limited personnel resources of most anti-poaching units, the proper management and processing of wildlife crime scenes can be a daunting task. Rhino carcasses are often only discovered 24 hours or later after the actual shooting incident occurred, and the natural elements of weather and scavengers have usually already disturbed the scene. There are instances where relatively fresh remains have been discovered and the crime scene can be more thoroughly processed for forensic evidence.

One critical aspect of proper wildlife crime scene processing at scenes with rhino remains is the collection of toolmarks located on rhino horns and recovered rhino skulls. RepliSet and Ormalab 75 are products that can be utilized to cast toolmarks located on rhino horns and skulls.



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