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Animal Investigators: How the World’s First Wildlife Forensics Lab is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Lecture and book signing with…
Featured Speaker: Laurel Neme, Ph.D., environmental journalist, international consultant for natural resource management, and author, Animal Investigators: How the World’s First Wildlife Forensics Lab is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species
At first glance, the US Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory looks like any high school science lab. But crack open one of the freezers, and you’ll see stacks of animal blood and tissue samples used to differentiate species. Enter the walk-in freezer, and you’ll find bags and boxes overflowing with animal parts and carcasses all labeled and waiting to be examined.
Known as the “CSI of wildlife,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon is the first and only dedicated wildlife crime lab in the world. Join Laurel Neme, an international consultant and author of Animal Investigators: How the World’s First Wildlife Forensics Lab is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species (Scribner, April 2009), as she reveals how the lab investigates a wide range of cases and handles its more than thirty thousand species of victims.
While this lab feverishly works to solve crimes, it’s also forging a new field of science in the process. Learn how these hardworking animal investigators are fighting the destruction of wildlife for profit. You will come away with a new perspective on animal forensic science and how it fits into the broader context of wildlife conservation.
All Conservation Conversations are held in the St. Louis Zoo Living World auditorium and parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.
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