About This Project
Despite growing to over 1.8m, Chinese giant salamanders are incredibly difficult to detect in nature as their populations have been catastrophically depleted due to overexploitation. Knowing where they are in the wild is crucial to protect remaining populations. We will trial eDNA methods to detect Chinese giant salamanders using animals seized from the illegal wildlife trade that are housed at London Zoo. Once methods have been validated, they will be used in the field to find the giants!