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Wildlife Forensic Investigation: Principles and Practice

  • Covers the entire investigative process of wildlife forensics
  • Describes the personnel and agencies involved in wildlife investigation
  • Discusses the investigation of both live and dead animals
  • Includes international case studies
  • Offers appendices for equipment, useful document templates, specimen forms and other sources of information

By: John E Cooper(Editor), Margaret E Cooper(Editor)

742 pages, 161 colour & b/w photos and b/w illustrations; tables

Auerbach Publishers Inc

Hardback | Apr 2013 | #201932 | ISBN-13: 9781439813744
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Providing an in-depth introduction to the rapidly evolving field of wildlife forensics, Wildlife Forensic Investigation: Principles and Practice first chronicles the history of wildlife conservation and environmental protection with an emphasis on its global importance in the 21st century. It then explains and discusses the crucial role of wildlife forensics in terms of investigating contraventions of national, regional and international legislation. The text focuses on wildlife forensic science as it relates to animals but also addresses plants and habitats because of their relevance to the conservation of animals. It also covers environmental monitoring and working with both dead and live animals.

"The Coopers' background in veterinary medicine, animal care, international law, and developing countries combined with their knowledge of biology and natural history result in a powerful approach to compiling evidence to fight wildlife crime and related misdeeds. Their interdisciplinary and unique perspective on wildlife forensic investigation is what makes this book essential reading for those who are dedicated to righting the wrongs done to our natural world. "
- From the Foreword by Lee Durrell, MBE, BA, PhD, Honorary Director, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust


What Is Wildlife Forensics? John E. Cooper and Margaret E. Cooper
Types of Wildlife Investigation; John E. Cooper and Margaret E. Cooper
Legislation; Margaret E. Cooper
Application of Forensic Science to Wildlife Investigations; John E. Cooper and Margaret E. Cooper
The Wildlife Crime Scene: An Introduction for First Responders; Edgard O. Espinoza, Michael D. Scanlan, Andrew D. Reinholz, and Barry W. Baker
Forensic Entomology; Kate M. Barnes
Field Techniques: At Home and Abroad; John E. Cooper and Margaret E. Cooper
Working with Live Animals; John E. Cooper
Working with Dead Animals; John E. Cooper
Dealing with Samples; John E. Cooper
Genetic Methodologies in Wildlife Crime Investigations; Louise Anne Robinson
Some Aspects of Laboratory Work; John E. Cooper, SallyAnn Harbison, and Jill Webb
Special Considerations and Scenarios; John E. Cooper, Margaret E. Cooper,
Norma G. Chapman, Alexandria Young, Regina Campbell-Malone, Andrea Bogomolni,
Rebecca N. Johnson, Stuart Williamson, Jaime Samour, Madhulal Valliyatte, János Gál ,
Míra Mándoki , Miklós Marosán , Maurice Alley, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka , and Chloe V. Long

Collection and Submission of Evidence; John E. Cooper and Margaret E. Cooper
Writing Reports and Appearing in Court; Margaret E. Cooper and Charles Foster
Conclusions and the Way Forward; John E. Cooper and Margaret E. Cooper

Appendix A: Glossary; John E. Cooper and Margaret E. Cooper
Appendix B: Facilities and Equipment Lists; John E. Cooper
Appendix C: Standard Witness Statement (United Kingdom); John E. Cooper and Margaret E. Cooper
Appendix D: Specimen Forms – Wildlife Forensic Cases; John E. Cooper
Appendix E: Sources of Information; John E. Cooper and Margaret E. Cooper
Appendix F: Health and Safety: Zoonoses and Other Hazards; John E. Cooper and Margaret E. Cooper
Appendix G: Preparation and Investigation of Material; Martyn Cook E, Andrew C. Kitchener, John E. Cooper, and Jill Webb
Appendix H: Scientific Names of Species and Taxa of Animals Mentioned in Text, with Notes on Taxonomy; John E. Cooper and Margaret E. Cooper
Appendix I: Legal Aspects of Sample Movement in Wildlife Forensic Cases; Margaret E. Cooper
Appendix J: Information and Intelligence Gathering in Wildlife Crime Investigation; Nevin Hunter
Appendix K: Javan Rhino Examination Report


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John and Margaret Cooper are a husband and wife team from the United Kingdom. John E. Cooper trained as a veterinary surgeon and is now a specialist pathologist with particular interests in wildlife and exotic species, tropical diseases and comparative medicine. He has served widely as a consultant expert witness and teaches pathology and wildlife health at different levels. Margaret E. Cooper is a lawyer who trained originally as a British solicitor and has made the study of animal and conservation law her special interest. The Coopers have travelled widely and lectured together in many countries. They have spent nearly ten years living in Africa, including a period in Rwanda working with mountain gorillas. They continue to combine their medical and legal backgrounds in the promotion of an interdisciplinary approach to veterinary and biological education, wildlife conservation, and forensic science.

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