South Africa was one of the first countries in the world to allow the private ownership of wildlife species. For the management of any wildlife species, an understanding of its ecology, biology, and genetics is crucial. Genetic tools can elucidate problems and guide management decisions. This includes individual identification and parentage verification. The principles of parentage verification and genetic management have been applied in the livestock and game industry for several years. Breeders have proven that the combination of thorough record keeping and parentage verification can result in accurate pedigrees. This approach is also advised for predators, as the social structure and relatedness of individuals may not always be as clear as expected from observed field data.

Unistel Medical Laboratories provides DNA profile testing and parentage verification for lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyena and wild dogs. As well as gender determination for hyenas.

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Animal Genetics price list documents can here found here.

Dear valued supporters and suppliers

As the total effect of the COVID-19 lockdown becomes clear and the knock-on effect of this action is realized, Unistel Medical Laboratories has pro-actively put procedures in place to firstly ensure the absolute safety of staff and secondly to ensure the seamless continued functioning of the laboratory to provide essential diagnostic testing. No patient services, cytogenetic, Fluorescence in Situ Hybridization (FISH) and DNA testing can or will be compromised as this is an essential critical service. Staff will ensure services continue by working in non-overlapping shifts, keep social distance and completing as much analysis and reporting work electronically from home.

Unistel Medical Laboratories is committed to the huge effort to restrict the spread of COVID-19, but will also continue to provide essential world-class diagnostic and DNA testing services.

The veterinary diagnostic services will be continued on the same basis.

As all supporters will realize the turn-around time for results may be compromised slightly, but rest assured, Unistel Medical Laboratories will still do our level best to maintain timely service.