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RhODIS® (Rhino DNA Index System) is a project that was initiated by the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory of the University of Pretoria in order to help with the plight of the rhinos. The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory is collecting DNA samples of rhinos across the country to create a database using the unique DNA profile of individual rhinos. The goal is for all rhinos to be on the system. This will deter poachers and assist in forensic prosecutions.

RhODIS® was first used in a rhino poaching case in 2010 and resulted in a Vietnamese citizen being sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for having rhinoceros horns from poached rhinos in his baggage when he was apprehended at OR Thambo International Airport. South African National Parks (SANParks) have partnered with RhODIS since 2010 and in association with the Forensics Science Laboratory of the South African Police Services have played a key role in the development and implementation of the RhODIS Kit for sample collection.



eRhODIS™ has been developed as an adjunct for RhODIS® to aid in the collection of samples and information relevant to the RhODIS ® project and Samsung is the exclusive technology partner associated with this development.



UPEquID has been developed to aid in the collection of samples and information of thoroughbread horses in South Africa.All Thoroughbred horses are microchipped and identified by the Onderstepoort Veterinary Genetics Laboratory in collaboration with the Equine Research Centre, on contract to the National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa (NHA).

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