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You can learn more about Samuel Wasser’s elephant work at (University of Washington).

More information about elephants is available at


(National Geographic Kids).

To learn more about Mahmood Shivji’s shark research, visit (Guy Harvey Research Institute).

Find more information about sharks, along with pictures and shark-related activities at

For an educational and entertaining shark experience designed for kids, visit Our Seas Foundation).

Harder, Ben. 2004. Pinpointing poachers: Gene sleuths map illicit elephant kills. Science News 166(Oct. 2):214. Available at

Milius, Susan. 2007. Too few jaws: Shark declines let rays overgraze scallops. Science News 171(March 31):197. Available at

Raloff, Janet. 2006. New estimates of the shark-fin trade. Science News Online (Nov. 4). Available at

______. 2004. Shark finning faces broader sanctions. Science News Online (Dec. 11). Available at

______. 2002. Clipping the fin trade. Science News 162(Oct. 12):232-234. Available at

______. 2002. No way to make soup—Thirty-two tons of contraband shark fins seized on the high seas. Science News Online (Sept. 7). Available at

Sohn, Emily. 2007. Big machine reveals small worlds. Science News for Kids (Oct. 24).

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______. 2004. Crime lab. Science News for Kids (Dec. 15). Available at

______. 2004. Gene sleuths track down ivory sources. Science News for Kids (Oct. 6).

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______. 2003. Helping to save elephants. Science News for Kids (Dec. 10). Available at

______. 2003. Baby swaps, crime scenes, and DNA testing. Science News for Kids (Aug.

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Power Words

black market The illegal purchase or sale of goods, such as those that were caught illegally or for which the sale of their products—such as ivory—has been banned.

DNA Short for deoxyribonucleic acid. The genetic material determining the makeup of

all living cells and many viruses. It consists of two strands of nucleotides linked in a structure resembling a ladder. DNA can replicate itself.

dung The feces of an animal.

ivory The smooth, hard, yellowish-white substance forming the tusks of elephants and walruses and the teeth of certain whales.

middleman Someone who works between two other parties, such as a hunter and dealer of fish or game animals. A middleman might buy tusks from a hunter and sell them to a person that shapes them into art for sale to the public.

poach 1. To trespass with the purpose of stealing animals, such as to take game or fish illegally. 2. To take animals by illegal methods. 3.To steal.

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