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DNA test to help save Sumatran elephants

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 16 2013   /  07:37 am
Endangered: An activist washes a Sumatran elephant at Surabaya Zoo in East Java in this file photo. Researchers will conduct DNA-based research projects to help conserve the endangered Sumatran elephants. (JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)(JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)

Endangered: An activist washes a Sumatran elephant at Surabaya Zoo in East Java in this file photo. Researchers will conduct DNA-based research projects to help conserve the endangered Sumatran elephants. (JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)The Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia agreed on Monday to collaborate on molecular genetics-based research projects to conserve the Sumatran elephant, which has been listed as a critically endangered species.

The DNA-based test can estimate the population of the Sumatran elephant and determine the distribution of the species.

WWF Indonesia’s CEO Efransjah said that conserving the Sumatran elephant and its habitat required an accurate assessment of the population’s status and geographical distribution.

“By using a non-invasive technique, we can determine the number of Sumatran elephants...