‘Groenewald gang’ trial postponed

By Julian Rademeyer The trial of Dawie Groenewald, a notorious South African game farmer and alleged “rhino horn syndicate kingpin”, was expected to begin on Monday in the Gauteng North High Court in Pretoria. It has been nearly four years since various suspects linked to the so-called “Groenewald gang” were arrested in highly-publicised police raids.  Instead the […]

Black market ivory: N’bouke jailed

By Julian Rademeyer Emile N’bouke – the ivory carver and shopkeeper referred to as “The Boss” or “Le Patron” by illegal ivory dealers in Togo’s capital Lomé –  has been jailed for 15 months and ordered to pay a fine of US$10,300. The maximum prison sentence allowed for under Togolose law for ivory trafficking  is […]

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

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 […]

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 […]