Animal Investigators:
How the World's First Wildlife Forensics Lab is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species

Laurel A. Neme

Foreword by Richard Leakey

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"Neme reveals concrete clues and fascinating sidelights that should keep fans of police procedurals hooked, while also focusing on cultural issues and the challenges of global reg-ulation."--Publishers Weekly

"A fantastic, exciting and revealing read! Neme takes us deep into the dark world of wildlife exploitation with a thrill level and suspense rivaling any episode of CSI."--Jeff Corwin, wildlife biologist, producer, & host

"Tells an amazing story about concerned scientists and forensic teams working to solve the murder mysteries that all too often are overlooked: the poaching and smuggling of endangered species."--Jane Goodall

"Think CSI: Wilderness. Neme's book gives us a new set of heroes, in the labs of the Fish and Wildlife Service, and reminds us of one of the uglier set of villains on the planet, the traffickers in wildlife."--William McKibben, author of Deep Economy and The End of Nature

Accomplished environmental journalist Laurel Neme goes behind the scenes at the only wildlife forensics crime lab in the world to reveal how scientists and agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to investigate wildlife crimes, protect endangered species, and stem illegal wildlife trafficking.

Laurel A. Neme is an international consultant specializing in natural resource management. She writes for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and has written for The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, and World Wildlife Fund.

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OK all you CSI fans, this one is for you! Poaching and the illegal trafficking in animals parts are world-wide and rampant. After being laughed out of the FBI forensics lab, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opened its own forensics lab. In addition to forensics, the author delves into the cultural traditions involved in these cases, such as Arctic Native Americans tring to maintain the truth of their subsistence culture, much of it based on hunting walruses and using the entire animal. The biology, the anthropology and the politics make for interesting reading. An easily readable and intriguing book.
--Wildlife Activist

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