The crooks behind rhino slaughter

By Julian Rademeyer, Financial Mail Rifle in hand, a Vietnamese man with shoulder-length hair squats next to the carcass of a rhino. It’s a photograph taken in late 2006 on a game farm in Limpopo — “the first legal hunt of a rhino by a Vietnamese national” recorded in that province. The man in the […]

Fighting to hack apart poaching networks

By Yvonne Fontyn, Business Day Julian Rademeyer is one of the most authoritative voices on the seemingly irresolvable problem of the illegal trade in rhino horn. But the former Sunday Times journalist, now working as a senior research fellow at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, says he became involved in this area of […]

Dodgy diplomats, poachers, spies and the illicit rhino horn trade

More than six thousand rhinos have fallen to poachers’ bullets in Africa over the past decade and only about 25,000 remain – a fraction of the tens of thousands that roamed parts of the continent fifty years ago. Dozens more have been shot in so-called “pseudo-hunts”. Across Europe, castles and museums have been raided by […]

Tipping Point: Organised crime and the ‘war’ on poaching

More than six thousand rhinos have fallen to poachers’ bullets in Africa over the past decade. Driven by insatiable demand in Southeast Asia and China, rhino horn has become a black market commodity rivalling gold and platinum in value. In two reports for the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, Julian Rademeyer – author of […]