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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SA pushes for legal rhino horn trade

By Julian Rademeyer Bangkok, Thailand – South Africa’s environmental Affairs ­Minister Edna Molewa has thrown her weight behind controversial calls for the legalisation of trade in rhino horn. Molewa said for the first time in an interview that she believes it “is the right direction” to take and could be the key to saving South Africa’s […]

Vietnam in denial, blames China for rhino slaughter

By Julian Rademeyer Bangkok, Thailand – The head of Vietnam’s wildlife trade authority has angrily dismissed accusations that his country is the driving force behind the illicit trade in rhino horn, describing them as “bullshit”. He went on to blame China for the slaughter. In a rare interview during the triennial conference of parties to […]

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. […]