Six new polymorphic microsatellite loci isolated and characterized from the African savannah elephant genome


Dr. Silvester Nyakaana, Fax: + 256 41 530134; E-mail:


The African savannah elephant (Loxodonta africana) is a ‘keystone’ species that plays a vital role in regulating the dynamics of both plant and animal communities and yet it is endangered and its numbers have been reduced to approximately 500 000 across their entire continental range. Molecular genetic markers are important tools for providing genetic information useful in formulating effective management and conservation strategies for the surviving elephant populations. We describe the isolation and characterization of six new polymorphic microsatellite markers in the African savannah elephant and demonstrate that these loci can be PCR (polymerase chain reaction)-multiplexed, a desirable attribute that saves costs in large-scale microsatellite screening.