• 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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A company registration document for Xaysavang Trading Export-Import

The Kingpin

By Julian Rademeyer This is the face of international wildlife trafficking. Vixay Keosavang is one of the most ruthless and active wildlife smugglers operating in Southeast Asia and Africa today. His activities and those of the Thai nationals he employed to acquire rhino horn, ivory, lion bones, pangolins, reptiles and monkeys for his company, Xaysavang […]

“Of all the books and articles I have read on this subject, this is the best”

“This is a devastating story, born of relentless, thorough investigation”, writes Sue Blaine in her review of Killing for Profit. “Julian Rademeyer spent two years bringing to life this story of corruption, greed and selfish depravity, but also of courage, tradition and honour. “They are all here, the smugglers, the conservationists, the hedonists, the self-sacrificing. […]

“If you want to read a whodunnit, this is the book for you”

Julian Rademeyer chats to Talk Radio 702′s Jenny Crwys-Williams about rhino poaching, organised crime and the sordid underworld of international wildlife trafficking.   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