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Wildlife Forensics Kit Rental: Wildlife Forensics Educator Guide

Wildlife Forensics

Tips to Prepare for Using the Kit in Your Classroom

  • Before you receive the kit, review the Educator's Guide and Glossary to prepare for your students
  • Read the Essential Questions (p. 1) and Connections to Standards (p. 2) to decide how you want to link your curriculum with your kit usage
  • Complete the Pre-Kit Lesson with your class activating student interest and engagement
  • Create and place students in groups that will encourage their best work
  • Have your pre-kit call with a science specialist at ESC

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Wildlife Forensics

Wildlife Forensics applies scientific procedures to investigate wildlife-related crimes such as poaching and illegal hunting. Forensic scientists collect evidence from other wildlife professionals) example: game wardens or park rangers. The evidence can be examined for species identification, suspects at the crime scene and cause of death. One procedure commonly applied by wildlife forensic scientists is DNA fingerprinting, using gel electrophoresis. It is useful in determining a specific species of animal by isolating a particular string in the DNA sequence. By identifying the species by a DNA fingerprint, a forensic scientist can conclude whether or not the organism was harvested legally.

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Kit Contents

This kit includes equipment to run a gel electrophoresis lab, to determine if an organism is endangered through the visible separation of DNA through agarose gel. Equipment includes gel electrophoresis boxes, agarose powder, buffer solution, gel recipe, DNA quick Strips, micropipettes and all other materials needed to run a successful lab.

Tips for Using the Kit in Your Classroom

  • Inspect kit using the unpacking list and check for any missing or damage items
  • Make gels using the gel recipe ahead of time for students and store them in the refrigerator before use in the classroom
  • Place students in 7 groups to ensure each group has a gel and micropipette to share.
  • Review micropipette parts and functions and have students practice first using a practice gel and colored water
  • Buffer solution can be left in the gel electrophoresis box and reused with other classes
  • When packing kit for return use and check off the packing list provided

Student Materials

Connections to Standards

Grade 8: Unit 4: Evolution, Natural Selection, and Adaptations


Eighth Grade
MS-LS4-2. Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between model and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.

Living Environment - Core Curriculum
Key Idea 2: Organisms inherit genetic information in a variety of ways that result in continuity of structure and function between parents and offspring. 

Performance Indicator 2.1 Explain how the structure and function of genetic material result in offspring that resemble their parents.

Key Idea 3: Individual Organisms and Species Change over time.

Performance Indicator 3.1 Individual organisms and species change over time.