Apocalypse Rhinoceros

Punpitak Chunchom, a member of a Laos-based wildlife smuggling syndicate poses with rhino horns taken in pseudo-hunts.

By Julian Rademeyer It is a sound you never forget. Perhaps because it is so unexpected in an animal weighing two tons: a piercing, unearthly keen, like a child crying out in pain. It is hard to describe and even harder to endure. The first time I heard it, I was in a cramped office […]

US$1-million bounty for wildlife crime syndicate exposed in Killing for Profit

By Julian Rademeyer The United States government has announced a $1-million reward for information “leading to the dismantling” of a key wildlife crime network exposed in Killing for Profit. It is the first reward of its kind ever offered by the US government. In a statement issued on 13 November 2013, US Secretary of State […]

Podcast: The wildlife trafficking underworld

Julian Rademeyer, the author of Killing for Profit: Exposing the illegal rhino horn trade, discusses the links between wildlife trafficking, organised crime and terrorism with Talk Radio 702’s Jenny Crwys-Williams. Tweet

IRIN Africa: Environmental crimes increasingly linked to violence, insecurity

NEW YORK, 3 October 2013 (IRIN) – Organized environmental crime is known to pose a multi-layered threat to human security, yet it has long been treated as a low priority by law enforcers, seen as a fluffy “green” issue that belongs in the domain of environmentalists. But due to a variety of factors – including […]

Poaching Wars with Tom Hardy

Poaching Wars with Tom Hardy airs on BBC Knowledge, DSTV channel 184 on Sunday 27 April 2014 and Sunday 4 May 2014 at 6pm. Julian Rademeyer, author of Killing for Profit – Exposing the illegal rhino horn trade  was one of the people Hardy interviewed on a journey that took him from South Africa to Botswana […]

Killing for Profit shortlisted for South Africa’s prestigious Alan Paton Award

Killing for Profit was shortlisted for South Africa’s most prestigious literary prize for non-fiction, the Alan Paton Award. The book was one of five books that were chosen from an initial longlist of 42 titles. The judges described the book as “thoroughly entertaining and rich in detail and context” and said that all the entries […]

Update: Marnus Steyl case

Game farmer Marnus Steyl, who was linked to the notorious Xaysavang rhino horn smuggling syndicate,  initially stood trial alongside Thai national Chumlong Lemtongthai and a number of other accused including professional hunter Harry Claassens. The charges against Steyl and the others were withdrawn in November 2012 after Chumlong pleaded guilty and exonerated his co-accused in a plea […]