The untouchable wildlife crime kingpin

By Julian Rademeyer Vixay Keosavang is one of the most ruthless and prolific wildlife criminals operating in South-East Asia today. Some call him the “Pablo Escobar of animal trafficking”. Others describe him as the “Mr Big” of wildlife crime in Laos, the tiny one-party communist state bordered by Myanmar, China, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam that continues […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 The charges against Steyl and the others were withdrawn in November 2012 after Chumlong pleaded guilty and exonerated his co-accused in a plea […]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

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 […]