The illegal trade of wildlife is big business- worth an estimated 5 billion dollars a year, and growing. But who do you call to investigate a crime when the victim is an elephant, or a butterfly?
Turns out, there’s only one forensics team in the world that can handle crimes involving thousands of rare and endangered species. The team works at the U.S Fish and Wildlife Forensics Lab in Ashland, Oregon. The lab isn’t open to the public. But reporter Amelia Templeton got a glimpse inside.