The Wildlife Detectives: How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes Against Nature

The Wildlife Detectives: How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes Against Nature

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Overview


Slaughtering elephants for their ivory; shooting bears for their gall bladders; capturing sea turtles for soup. In the name of vanity, fashion, and greed, man stalks and kills wild animals -- and gets away with it, even when it is clearly against the law. But now scientists have a way to catch and convict poachers. In a laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, they analyze clues to link suspects to crimes. In words and pictures, this book tells a poignant story and reveals how science can indeed save the day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618196838
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/25/2002
Series: Scientists in the Field Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author



Donna M. Jackson is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for children and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her works include the critically acclaimed Elephant Scientists, Bone Detectives, Bug Scientists, and Wildlife Detectives—all honored by the NSTA/CBC’s Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children award; ER Vets, an Orbis Pictus and ASPCA Henry Bergh honor book; and Extreme Scientists, named a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, 2009. 
 
When she’s not writing about scientists in the field, Donna enjoys reading, skiing, gardening, hiking in the mountains, and spending time with her family. She lives in Colorado. Learn more about Donna at her website: http://www.donnamjackson.net.


Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski have traveled the world photographing wildlife. Their photographs have appeared in National Geographic, Audubon, National Wildlife, Natural History, and Sierra Club calendars. Shattil was the first woman awarded the grand prize in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. She and Rozinski, well known for their team approach, have won many awards and have ten books to their credit. This is their first book for Houghton Mifflin.


Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski have traveled the world photographing wildlife. Their photographs have appeared in National Geographic, Audubon, National Wildlife, Natural History, and Sierra Club calendars. Shattil was the first woman awarded the grand prize in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. She and Rozinski, well known for their team approach, have won many awards and have ten books to their credit. This is their first book for Houghton Mifflin.

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The Wildlife Detectives: How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes Against Nature 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MattRaygun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Wildlife Detectives, by Donna Jackson, is a story of murder in the heart of America's parks. In 1993, Yellowstone Park rangers were shocked to find the star of their protected elk population dead, robbed of his antlers. This grisly scene begins the book's journey from Yellowstone National Park to the only wildlife forensics lab in the world in Ashland, Oregon.The author has, rather expertly, blended a crime-genre whodunit with an introduction to the world of poaching. The narrative of collecting evidence and finding the culprit is interspersed with inserts full of information. These inserts help place the killing in the context of a worldwide poaching epidemic, while carefully explaining the differences between hunting for profit and hunting to feed a family. Jackson succinctly describes the crimes that can be committed against animals and how these rob everyone of national and international treasures.The crime of killing Charger, the bull elk, is an engaging story for any age. There is a suspense woven into this book that makes it a page-turner. The Wildlife Detectives has a very thorough index, a glossary of forensic and wildlife terms, and a thoughtful "What You Can Do to Help" section. There is no bibliography, but everyone who contributed to the makings of this book are acknowledged and thanked in the beginning. Due to photographs of slain animals, this book is recommended for ages 10 & Up.
flemmily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Wildlife Detectives begins with an overview of the history of the forensic science used by people who fight crimes against wildlife. It also introduces, in a "Wild File" sidebar, the basics of what it means to be a threatened or endangered species. The book than follows the mystery of the murder of Charger, one of Yellowstone National Park's most famous bull elks. Descriptions of how scientists and law enforcement agents work to solve the crime are punctuated by information about poaching, wildlife protection laws, and other aspects of wildlife protection.The Wildlife Detectives provides a very comprehensive view of how animals are protected - by laws, by science, and by all kinds of people.It describes how many factors interact towards one goal, using simple but engaging language. This book is a little less engaging than some of the others I've read in this series, perhaps because the topic is a little dour and so much information is packed in the pages. However, it is still a very well written and informative book.The Wildlife Detectives is illustrated with full color photos. Some photos are fascinating, but some do feel a little dated. The images could be better placed in order to fully express the emotional content; some of the images have the potential to be very powerful, but are muted by the book design.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago