Fighting to hack apart poaching networks

By Yvonne Fontyn, Business Day Julian Rademeyer is one of the most authoritative voices on the seemingly irresolvable problem of the illegal trade in rhino horn. But the former Sunday Times journalist, now working as a senior research fellow at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, says he became involved in this area of […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Groenewald gang’ trial postponed (again)

By Julian Rademeyer UPDATED: 23 September 2016 – The trial of Dawie Groenewald, a notorious South African game farmer and alleged “rhino horn syndicate kingpin”, has been set down for 15 June 2017. It has been six years since various suspects linked to the so-called “Groenewald gang” were arrested in highly-publicised police raids. The case has […]

‘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 […]

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 […]