Laurel Neme

***Laurel Neme animal header


Kids have power to influence international wildlife issues

First posted on 2015-01-21   Kids’ voices are powerful. They think about what CAN be done, instead of why it can’t. That’s why I love it when I’m asked “what can I do to help?” It’s a great question, with some great answers. For kids, I think the easiest thing to start with is to share…

Read More features Orangutan Houdini

 Published: Wednesday, 07 January 2015 17:45  Written by Laurel Neme I’m thrilled to have had my book, Orangutan Houdini, featured by, which calls it “full of charm” and “sure to capture the hearts of readers, no matter the age.” You can read the full review and interview with me here.   Orangutan Houdini is the true…

Read More

Kids’ Home Library review calls ORANGUTAN HOUDINI a book that “wows”

Kids’ Home Library: Books About Intelligent Animals Emphasize Creatures’ Importance Nov 7, 2014 Lee Littlewood Fu Manchu the orangutan is so smart, he outwits zookeepers time and time again. Tsaki the donkey turns his working-animal status into beloved family member, while GQ the quail is curious and venturing. Kids love reading about intriguing animals; the ones…

Read More

Blog calls ORANGUTAN HOUDINI delightful and perfect for learning about primates

First posted on 2014-11-30   Thrilled by latest review of my book ORANGUTAN HOUDINI which calls it a “delight” and “perfect as a jumping off point for learning about primates and endangered animals.” Joy Makin’ Mamas blog says: “As a story book, this is delightful all by itself. As a jumping off point for learning about primates,…

Read More

USA Today Cites Laurel Neme’s Work

The following USA Today article disputes Laurel Neme’s Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times on Terrorism and the Ivory Trade.   Illegal ivory may not be funding African terror group Tristan McConnell, GlobalPost 10:41 a.m. EST November 14, 2014 (Photo: Jason Straziuso, AP) 41 CONNECT 37 TWEETLINKEDIN 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE NAIROBI, Kenya — Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow has made a 3-minute animated short…

Read More

Chinese diplomats collude with Tanzanian officials to smuggle ivory

Stunning NYT article ties Chinese Presidential delegation to illegal ivory purchases with collusion of Tanzanian officials. Scary to think how much involvement exists by high-level authorities on both sides of black market supply and demand. See:

Read More

Kenya Wildlife Service forensics lab a step closer to opening

Kenya Wildlife Service forensics lab is a step closer to opening. Much is promised but challenges remain. Article in Kenya’s The Star reviews progress. See:   13 October 2014 Kenya: KWS Plans Sh100 Million DNA Lab to Catch Poachers By Gilbert Koech CONVICTION rates for crimes arising from handling of wildlife trophies will soon rise…

Read More

Orangutans at center of unfolding revolution in palm oil market

Published: Monday, 13 October 2014 18:08  Written by Laurel Neme Recent shifts in the palm oil market are exciting and positive news for orangutans and other endangered species, like tigers and elephants. It’s been a domino effect that is prompting more and more companies to announce deforestation-free policies. However, it is incumbent on us to…

Read More