Captive birds for sale in a cage at a bird market in Hong Kong. A team of scientists has developed a technique that can determine whether such birds were raised in captivity or captured from the wild. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

New method to combat illegal wildlife trade reveals whether animals were raised in captivity or captured from the wild

  • University of Hong Kong scientists can now tell whether songbirds for sale at markets were wild-caught by the molecular fingerprint on their flesh and feathers
  • Other projects include mapping global pangolin trading routes, an app that recognises endangered fish, and using drain water to identify species in wet markets
Topic |   Conservation
Captive birds for sale in a cage at a bird market in Hong Kong. A team of scientists has developed a technique that can determine whether such birds were raised in captivity or captured from the wild. Photo: AFP via Getty Images
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