The Sundarbans of Bangladesh is one of the most unique tiger habitats in the world and is thought to currently support a population of fewer than 100 Indian tigers. The Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world made up by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests.
Despite conservation efforts to protect this highly threatened population, tiger numbers are declining rapidly due to high rates of poaching affecting both tigers and their prey. Much of the killing is driven by local and international demand for medicines, decoration, community protection and commercial gain.
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This Panthera project aims to develop a rapid, real-time technology that will allow the collection and analysis of forensic evidence on site. It will provide the ability to test confiscated meat and other body parts helping reduce illegal wildlife trade by securing evidence for further surveillance and/or prosecutions.