• CNN – Saving South Africa’s wildlife

    As incidents of rhino poaching reach unprecedented levels in South Africa, CNN Marketplace Africa asks what can be done to protect the country’s embattled wildlife heritage. “If we can’t save one of the big five – Africa’s most charismatic species – what chance have we of protecting the smaller, less charismatic, more vulnerable species?” asks […]

  • CNN – Killing for Profit

    CNN correspondent Nkepile Mabuse examines a shocking video of an international wildlife trafficking syndicate’s activities and chats to Julian Rademeyer about his investigations. Tweet

  • 3rd Degree: Busting the illegal rhino horn trade

    3rd Degree with Debora Patta and Julian Rademeyer investigates the illegal rhino horn trade, pseudo-hunting, and  the activities of a ruthless Laotian crime syndicate headed by Vixay Keosavang, the “Pablo Escobar of wildlife crime”. (Be warned, the shows contains upsetting scenes which may disturb sensitive viewers) Tweet

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    Apartheid’s Secret

    The latest archive document…In January 1996, Judge Mark Kumleben – the chairman of a commission of inquiry into the illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn in South Africa – released his report. It ran to more than 200 pages and, despite the dry legalese, read like a thriller. It found that the South African […]

  • Killing for Profit launch trailer

    The official launch of “Killing for Profit – Exposing the illegal rhino horn trade” took place on  on 21 November 2012 at Hyde Park Exclusive Books. Watch the launch trailer… Tweet

A terrifying true story of greed, corruption, depravity and ruthless criminal enterprise.

On the black markets of Southeast Asia, rhino horn is worth more than gold, cocaine and heroin. This book is the story of a more than two-year-long investigation into a dangerous criminal underworld where merciless syndicates will stop at nothing to attain their prize. It is a tale of greed, folly and corruption, and of an increasingly desperate battle to save rhinos - which have existed for more than 50 million years.
Killing for Profit is a meticulous and devastating account of one of the world’s most secretive trades. It exposes poachers, scoundrels, gangsters, conmen, mercenaries, killers, gun-runners, diplomats, government officials and kingpins behind the slaughter. And it follows the bloody trail from the frontlines of the rhino wars to the lair of a wildlife-trafficking kingpin on the banks of the Mekong River.

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Julian Rademeyer wins prestigious conservation award

Julian Rademeyer has won the prestigious Marjan-Marsh Award, bestowed by the Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and Conservation in the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London, for his book Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade. The Marjan-Marsh Award is given annually to someone who has made an invaluable contribution […]

A file photograph of Hugo Ras taken in April 2012. Photo: Julian Rademeyer

Rhino syndicate ‘ringleader’ arrested

By Julian Rademeyer I first met Hugo Ras in April 2012 in the corridor of the Pretoria North Regional Court. I’d heard the dark tales that swirled around him and stories about the numerous run-ins he’d had with the law. But, as he boasted, few of the cases ever stuck. Now, more than two-and-half years […]

Li Zhifei in a still from a US Fish and Wildlife Service surveillance vieo

China and the rhino horn trade

By Julian Rademeyer Li Zhifei was the unlikely leader of an international crime ring. According to his business card, Li owned a small antique business in Jinan, the capital of China’s Shandong province. It was called “Overseas Treasure Finding” and Li was its treasure hunter. He boasted a small, but exclusive clientele of wealthy men […]

Wildlife crime kingpin Vixay Keosavang (left) and his lieutenant Chumlong Lemtongthai (right).

The untouchable wildlife crime kingpin

By Julian Rademeyer Vixay Keosavang is one of the most ruthless and prolific wildlife criminals operating in South-East Asia today. Some call him the “Pablo Escobar of animal trafficking”. Others describe him as the “Mr Big” of wildlife crime in Laos, the tiny one-party communist state bordered by Myanmar, China, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam that continues […]