CSI for Wildlife

CSI for Wildlife

Now readers can go behind the scenes at the world’s only forensics lab dedicated exclusively to solving animal cases in this gripping “CSI for wildlife."

Illegal Wildlife Smuggling

Illegal Wildlife Smuggling

Illegal wildlife smuggling ranks just behind drugs and guns as the third largest illegal trade—and only an estimated 10 percent of its trafficking is intercepted.

Unprecedented Access

Unprecedented Access

Now, with unprecedented access to U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents, law enforcement, and more, accomplished environmental journalist Laurel Neme uncovers how forensic scientists are working to change that.

Dr. Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall

“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.”

Jeff Corwin

Jeff Corwin

A fantastic, exciting and revealing read! Neme takes us deep into the dark world of wildlife exploitation with a level of thrill and suspense rivaling any episode of CSI...

HOW THE WORLD'S FIRST WILDLIFE FORENSIC LAB IS:

Catching Criminals

Until the early 1980’s, wildlife poachers and smugglers had an easy time getting away with murder.

Solving Crimes

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Special Agent Terry Grosz aimed to change that.

Saving Animals

By establishing a wildlife crime lab, Grosz put a damper on the rampant illegal killing of wild animals.

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A fantastic, exciting and revealing read! Neme takes us deep into the dark world of wildlife exploitation with a level of thrill and suspense rivaling any episode of CSI, with one exception, Animal Investigators is far from fiction, as these genuine and mysterious crimes against nature are resolved by crafty and determined experts in the fields of wildlife conservation, law enforcement and management.
Jeff Corwin, wildlife biologist, producer and television host for Discovery Networks, Animal Planet, Food Network and NBC
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TIME.com Q&A Investigating Animal Crimes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Claire Suddath   
Friday, 17 April 2009 00:00
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Time.comEver wonder where did the feathers on your fancy piece of jewelry came from? What about the ivory in your souvenir statue? The illegal wildlife trade nets about $20 million a year — less than drugs but more than weapons — and ounce-for-ounce, some animal products (such as rhino horn and bear gall bladders) are literally worth more than gold. With so much money on the line, to whom does one turn when someone breaks an animal protection law?

Most forensics labs are busy trying to solve human crimes; they don't have time to find out who killed a walrus. TIME talked to Dr. Laurel Neme about her book, Animal Investigators, in which she explains the difficulties of tracking the wildlife black market, and the one laboratory — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Lab in Ashland, Oregon — that tries to stop it. (See photos of the forensics lab mentioned in Neme's book.)

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