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How can you help?

Scientists and Law Enforcement

We offer scientists an opportunity to put their research to work on a critical real-world problem, and we offer law enforcement officials the chance to participate in the first-ever application of DNA technology to wildlife crime.

Sponsors and Donors

We cannot do this alone. We need help expanding the project to Asian countries, expanding our partners’ knowledge in DNA barcoding technology, and equipping laboratories around the world with the proper instruments scientists and researchers need. We welcome both monetary and in-kind donations.


A large part of this project is boots-on-the-ground, grassroots efforts. Are you located in one of our partner countries and looking to spread the word to officials? Are you interested in volunteer efforts? Perhaps you want to get involved in online discussions about wildlife conservation through technological innovation? This is all possible. We need supporters like you.

“Since 2012, we’ve contributed nearly $9 million to develop new technologies that protect threatened wildlife. The Consortium for the Barcode of Life is creating a DNA barcoding test that identifies and intercepts wildlife protected by UN treaty regulations as it’s transferred across borders.”

--Google Global Impact Awards website

Scientists and Law Enforcement

Through DNA barcoding, we bring together experts from different disciplines, and you can be among them. If you and your organization want to be part of the solution to wildlife crime, read on and get involved.

Taxonomic Specialists

The public DNA Barcode reference library that we are constructing will enable crime investigators to identify the species from which crime scene evidence came. Having the right species name on the specimens represented in the library is critical and that’s why Taxonomic Specialists are critical to the project. If you’re a specialist on any of the taxonomic groups on the Priority Endangered Species List, we need your help in checking identifications, locating voucher specimens for the library, and even publishing short papers that clarify species boundaries using DNA barcode data provided by the project.

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Biorepositories (Preserved)

A large portion of the voucher specimens needed to construct the reference library will be collected by the partner countries, but we’re going to need help from other countries. Researchers, museums, herbaria, and research institutions anywhere can be important contributors if they can provide tissue samples with well-preserved DNA from the Priority Endangered Species List and their close relatives. If you can provide or point us to frozen tissue samples, alcohol-preserved vouchers, or plant tissue on silica gel, please get involved!

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Biorepositories (Living)

It will be a challenge finding samples from the Priority Endangered Species, and we’re certainly not going to sacrifice or harm any members of those species. That’s why zoos, botanical gardens, rescue centers, captive breeding programs, and related organizations are so important to the project. If your organization has living representatives of any of these species or their close relatives, we hope you’ll consider donating tissue or fluid samples collected during routine veterinary exams.

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We are working to transfer technology and capabilities to our partner countries, and we don’t want to transfer samples out. So far, each partner country has been able to preserve and conduct laboratory analyses of their own so not a single bit of DNA has left these countries. We want to follow this same rule as we obtain voucher samples from other countries. If your organization has lab capabilities to extract DNA, perform PCR, and do Sanger sequencing, we hope you’ll want to get involved.

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Law Enforcement

Enforcing laws against wildlife crime is changing rapidly in our partner countries, and the introduction of DNA evidence is totally new. We are looking for experienced crime investigators, prosecutors, and magistrates with experience in these topics to serve as advisors and mentors to the partner countries.

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“Our experience with the Barcode of Wildlife Project has encouraged us to be more actively involved with the enforcement of laws that protect our endangered species. We’re now working with the South African Police Service and DNA barcoding is one of our most powerful tools.”

--Clifford Nxomani, President, National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

Sponsors and Donors

Our partner countries have strong commitments to catching and prosecuting traffickers. In order to use DNA barcoding to investigate and prosecute wildlife criminals, they need lab equipment for the DNA analysis. A generous Global Impact Award from Google Giving will support the training of laboratory technicians and provide all the consumable supplies they'll need through Spring 2016, but we could also use your help.

Donate Funds

No amount is too small. When you donate, 100% of your contribution will be used to purchase and install the needed equipment in the laboratories in our partner countries.

Are you interested in donating to the Barcode of Wildlife Project? Simply contact us to give to our featured project or give to the country of your choice. We thank you for supporting the project by purchasing lab equipment that will be used to investigate wildlife crimes and to prosecute wildlife criminals.

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Stop Wildlife Crime

Laboratory analysis alone can cost $50 per sample. Every contribution helps.

Donate Materials

Do you have lab equipment with which to supply our teams? Biotech companies, museums and labs are in a unique position to make a big difference by offering in-kind equipment donations.

  • PCR Thermocycler
  • Centrifuges
  • Horizontal electrophoresis chambers
  • UV transilluminator for DNA gel
  • Tissue lyser for plant samples
  • Thermo-Shaker for microtubes and PCR plates
  • UV-Vis spectrophotometer for DNA quantification
  • DNA Sequencer
  • Computers
    Institute of Primate Research
  • King fisherTM Flex magnetic particle processor, Thermo scientific
  • QIAcube priority package plus (230V) Qiagen
  • Scotsman AFE424 undercounter ice maker
  • Thermocyclers Eppendorf Master cycler Pro S
  • BioRad high throughput thermal cycler C1000 touchTM plus software
  • Gene Pulser XcellTM electroporation system from Biorad
  • Q-sonica - Q800R1-110 sonicator
  • Rainin LiquidatorTM 96, Mettler Toledo
  • Benchtop centrifuge Allegra X-14
  • Air clean 600 PCR workstation
  • BarnsteadTM PacificTM RO
  • HL-200 Hybrilinker hybridization
  • iBox Explorer2 imaging microscope + software
  • GelMax imager
  • 3730xl DNA analyser
  • ULT upright freezer
  • ProLab 500 pH meter from SI analytics
  • Ion PGMTM system for next gen sequencing
  • Thermo scientific super sealer plus mat for adhesive seal
  • OwlTM D4 horizontal electrophoresis system
  • DNA Quantifier
  • Sigma 1-16 microfuge with accessories
  • Avanti J-26XP high speed centrifuge with J-Lite series rotors
  • MaxQ HP incubated and refrigerated Console shaker
  • Tuttnauer autoclave model 3150 ELV
  • Thermo scientific Heating block
  • LabGard ES NU-440 class II Type A2 Biosafety cabinet
  • Speed vac DNA lyophilisation system
    National Museum of Kenya
  • Ordinary micropipettes
  • Multichannel pipettes
  • Freezers
  • Fridge with freezer component
  • SPEX™ SamplePrep™ 2010 Geno/Grinder
  • Nano drop ND2000
  • Incubators
  • Fume hood
  • Micro-centrifuges
  • Plate micro centrifuge Eppendorf
  • Gel-electrophoresis units (Mupids )
  • Gel Doc-biorad
  • Digital Weighing balances
  • Autoclave
  • Biophotometer
  • Thermocycler eppendorff master cycler
  • Sequencer

Freezers, plant tissue grinder, DNA extraction instruments for Nepal.

Wishlist is being compiled

Wishlist is being compiled

“This very innovative project will assist countries in tracking and identifying endangered species in trade and is welcomed by the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).”

--John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General (February 2012)


We need individuals across the globe supporting us in our effort to use DNA barcoding to investigate and prosecute wildlife criminals. We have compiled a wishlist of items that we want to see from you:

  • send letters and make calls of support for DNA barcoding to policymakers and law enforcement officials in our partner countries;
  • become a volunteer (click here for more information about how to help); and
  • spread the word and join the discussion online.

We have multiple platforms online for you to spread the word and join the discussion. Our partner countries have built online Google+ communities, curating the content specific to their challenges and sharing information pertinent to their issues and biodiversity. We also have a robust following on our G+ page, and often share content on Twitter and Facebook, as well. Follow us, and join us on this journey.

Contact us to discuss how you can get involved.