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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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 […]

Alan Paton Award shortlist salutes writers who "challenge and fuel debate"

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 The charges against Steyl and the others were withdrawn in November 2012 after Chumlong pleaded guilty and exonerated his co-accused in a plea […]

“An astonishing book” – Eli Weiss, host of Voice America’s Our Wild World

Julian Rademeyer talks to Eli Weiss, president of the Wildize Foundation on her weekly Voice America radio show, Our Wild World, about Killing for Profit and South Africa’s worsening rhino poaching crisis. Tweet