The purpose of this website is to help coordinate in one place the information needed to better develop and apply DNA barcoding technology to the fight against unsustainable trade in wildlife.

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The commercial bushmeat trade is a growing threat to primates and other species worldwide.  Consequences of the illegal bushmeat trade range from extinction or local extirpation of vulnerable taxa; to the deterioration of subsistence-based human communities living near forests; to the increased risk of disease transmission from wildlife to humans.  

An emerging technology known as “DNA barcoding” could prove to be a valuable addition to our conservation arsenal. This technology provides a method for identifying the species of an unrecognizable sample from small quantities of blood, bone, meat, hair, feathers, or feces.  Thus, DNA barcoding has the potential to address the need for species identification services for local, national, and international user communities and may be a crucial component in attempts to evaluate and demonstrate the scope of the bushmeat problem.

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Recent Announcements

  • Bushmeat in East Africa - July 27th, 2010 (6-8pm)
    Iregi Mwenja, Country Manager for Born Free Foundation Kenya, will lead an informal discussion about Bushmeat issues in East Africa at a meeting of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows' "Biodiversity Affinity Group" at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC.  Details about topics and contact information available in PDF pamphlet.
    Posted Jul 21, 2010, 11:05 AM by Administrator 1
  • Bushmeat barcoding presented at 3rd International Barcode of Life Conference
    Two graduates of the 2009 San Diego Zoo/Sea World & Busch Gardens Barcoding Bushmeat Workshop facilitated by Dr. Sarah Burgess-Herbert, who are also integral members of the Bushmeat-free Eastern Africa Network, presented their findings and made the case for barcoding as a necessary tool for combating the illegal bushmeat trade at the 3rd International Barcode of Life Conference in Mexico City in November.  Vincent Opeyene, a prosecutor with Uganda Wildlife Authority, presented a talk, and Iregi Mwenja, a researcher at East African Wildlife Society, presented a poster.   Sea World Conservation Education, barcoding bushmeat, bushmeat barcoding, African bushmeat crisis, Barcode of Life, CBOL
    Posted Dec 9, 2009, 11:48 AM by Sarah Burgess-Herbert
  • Barcoding Bushmeat Workshop
    With funding provided by Sea World & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research held an intensive hands-on training workshop for African conservation professionals, June 27th - July 16th 2009.   Training materials and pictures of the workshop will be posted shortly; please check back!    barcode bushmeat, bushmeat barcode, dna barcode, dna barcoding, capacity building

    Posted Dec 8, 2009, 7:40 PM by Sarah Burgess-Herbert
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 is a forum for using DNA barcodes to combat the bushmeat crisis.