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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Alleged rhino horn trafficking syndicate boss Dawie Groenewald. Photo: Julian Rademeyer

United States Indicts Dawie Groenewald

By Julian Rademeyer Dawie Groenewald, a notorious South African game farmer and alleged “rhino horn syndicate kingpin”, has been indicted by United States prosecutors on charges relating to illegal rhino hunts. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that Groenewald, 46, and his younger brother Janneman, 44, have been charged with “conspiracy to sell illegal […]

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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 […]

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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 […]