Preserving Genetic Information
It only takes two
minutes and four items for a PH or veterinarian to take a DNA
sample and preserve an animal's genetic information forever.
Having experienced life on safaris, we developed a quick and
easy method for collecting DNA samples for use in any country or
even in the bush of southern Africa.
After harvest, PHs will insert the Q-tip into the wound of the
animal, absorbing a small amount of blood that is painted on the
FTA card. This blood air dries in a few minutes. The PH also pulls
hairs from the tip of the tail using pliers, making sure that
follicles are attached. These hairs are then placed into the coin
envelope. The card/envelope is numbered with the species code, sex,
estimated age, GPS location and date of the collection. This
information will be linked to SCI with trophy record archives. The
entire collection usually takes less than two minutes.