Participants begin by working with a partner on a gridding activity to assess and build communication skills, followed by a small group problem-solving activity. Staff engage participants by setting the stage for wildlife-related issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and sharing what wildlife forensic scientists do to help.
Participants will work in groups of no more than four. Wildlife forensics is the application of scientific study to crimes against animals. Program participants work in small teams to investigate a replicated wildlife crime site in the DRC. They use scientific processes to identify the animal species involved and develop a hypothesis for the ultimate cause of death. Participants communicate their evidence-based findings to the large group and reflect on the overall process.
While human activity can have negative effects on wildlife, choices can be made that collectively benefit oneself, people, animals and the environment. The Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE) in the DRC receives support from the Detroit Zoological Society to provide care for rescued Grauer’s gorillas and works alongside local communities to ensure gorilla’s survival in the wild.
Plastic pollution harms wildlife worldwide. Make a pledge to limit your use of one type of plastic in your life; for example, plastic straws.
Coltan, a metallic ore, is an essential component of smart phones and other electronic devices, such as laptops and game consoles. The mining of coltan destroys the habitat of endangered gorillas and other wildlife living in Africa. Upgrade electronics only when necessary and recycle your old devices so coltan can be reused, resulting in less demand for mining.