karl ammann
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present features:

As CITES annual conf.
nears Karl expounds on
CITES double standards.

Karl's exposition of the
real Ivory price
in China.

Christopher Hasslet's
incredible report on the
illicit online ape trade.

An open letter regarding
developments in Guinea

concerning the illegal
export of great apes.

karl's recent Report on
, its permitting
system, with clear
evidence of its
failure to police
the trade in live animals
of endangered species

karl discusses how
disappearing wildlife,
worldwild, reappears
in Chinese Zoo and
Safari Park facilities

karl interviewed by
Southeast Asia Globe
reveals his trade secrets;
staying out of trouble,
disillusion w/progress
on illicit animal trade

CITES 2011 Guinea
Mission Report

karl comments on
Apparent drop in
rhino horn demand

karl wins another
SAB environmental
media award

Commercial Exploitation
and Cites

karl ammannn

Overwhelmed U.S. port
inspectors unable to keep up
with illegal wildlife trade
Darryl Fears (in Wash Post)

African fraud, local market
exacerbate illegal primate

Global Times

Media Report (in Chinese)
Southern China Weekly

the Conakry Connection
very detailed report on
great ape smuggling in Guinea
provides insight into the
worldwide animal trade.
karl ammann and others

latest (9-14)Conakry
Connection update

karl ammann and others

latest (1-14)Conakry
Connection update

karl ammann and others

Cites and the Shanghai 8
exporting illegal wild apes
claiming them captive bred
karl ammann

Cites and the Taiping4
more on the export
of illegal wild apes
claimed as captive bred
karl ammann

Karl's blogs for
National Geographic
tiger Trade, china's chimp
smuggling, ivory tracking,
rhino poaching and more.

Tiger farming in
SE Asia

karl ammann

more on the China-
Gorilla story

karl ammann

Cites and the illegal
trade in wildlife

karl ammann

emails/letters/issues ignored
bonobos to Armenia

GRASP correspondence on
illegal animal trade

allegations of a coverup at the
CITES secretariat

karl ammann

a fairy tale of ivory:
the ongoing tragedy of
incompetence, slaughter,
and lawlessness.
karl ammann and others

for details see this
transcript with NBouke.
karl ammann and others

the Rhino & the Bling - the
inside mechanics of the
rhino horn trade.
karl ammann

karl's latest elephant
poaching video

Millions spent on ape
conservation and where
are the results?

karl ammann

an interview with Karl
on the state of conservation,
poaching, trafficking
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Where Did All
the Tigers Go?

karl ammann

the detailed report on
The Cairo Connection:
Ape Trafficking

karl ammann

the updated report on
The Cairo Connection:
Ape Trafficking in Egypt

karl ammann

Tiger, Lion bones
and rhino horn

another piece in Swara

karl ammann

Tiger cake & rhino horn
from Swara, a magazine of the
East African Wildlife Society

karl ammann

Into the Asian Underworld
in Africa Geograpic's
Rhino Watch
(page 3)
karl ammann

karl speaks at Foreign
Correspondents' Club of
Thailand - International
Trade in Reptile Skins

rhino versus ape

karl ammann

the rhino horn story
at consumer end
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the latest horrors of
Poaching in
karl ammann

addendums to
elephants and elephant
conservation in the DRC

karl ammann

Our reptile skin trade
is now online.

Rhino Files: 333 rhinos
killed by poachers in
barbaric fashion

karl ammann
bernadette cook

Cites and the diplomatic
approach: these videos
say it does not work

karl ammann

Karl wins another
Genesis award

notes on Orang conservation
in Kalimantan - a sad story

errol pietersen

despite illegally held apes
CITES action minimal

karl ammann

asia geographic on
illegal wildlife trade

dale peterson
karl amman

africa geographic
reports on karl's
smuggling studies

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Karl's German site

of interest

karl nominated for
zoological society medal

'Canned hunting': the
lions bred for slaughter

The Guardian

Seven rhinos killed ...
Kenya's bloodiest week

The Guardian

Forestry Education info
chase g

Not on Animal Planet
karl ammann

2010 Bili-Uere Update
karl ammann

more on wildlife
trafficking from Boten -
bears, leopard, tiger cubs

karl ammann

"horrific slaughter of
elephants ... butchered
in the Central African
Republic ... "

from BBC Newsnight

HIV ignored in Natl
Geographic article on
disease transmission

karl ammann

The Protein Gap
A misleading article

karl ammann

Mass Gorilla Execution
Can we learn from it?

karl ammann

Hundreds of Elephants
killed in DRC Park

from radio Okapi

Hunting Report take
on Chimp escape

karl ammann

US Wildlife Agency
provides a bandaid

karl ammann

open letter to CITES
re: wildlife export

karl ammann

important books

elephant reflections
dale peterson
karl ammann

eating apes
dale peterson
karl ammann

consuming nature
anthony rose
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The Boten Bear Sanctuary - March 2011

Wishful thinking versus the realities on the ground:
The internet postings below seem to indicate that something is happening at Boten concerning the proposed bear sanctuary (consultants ending up with a lot of donor money in their pockets...).

Based on a recent visit by a French journalist, four additional very small bears have just been added to the farm. This makes it clear that the owner (clearly with the backing of the local authorities) keeps buying up bears every birthing season (five last year). Having negotiated with him several times it is very clear that he is not buying these bears to then give them away, He expects to make a nifty profit to sell them to some of these 'crazy animal lovers'. So while he is buying more wild caught baby bears, the NGOs in question tell us that they will close the farm for good, If they do not hurry up he will offer them a dozen more bears to buy and I would not put it past him to ship in some of the 50 which he owns at his other miserable farm at Mong Lah in Myanmar.

This is now on top of the four 'grease covered - restaurant bears" which the former CEO of Boten stated were ready to go to the sanctuary in Luang Prabang with the owners having donated them. This then never happened because the CEO went back on his earlier promise, clarifying this would only happen if all the NGOs involved - including the one in Singapore - agreed to such a transfer.

Despite a half a dozen requests to the responsible party at ACRES, to put their position in writting on these four bears, this never materialized. Today, it would appear, that these animals are all history and will certainly not get a second chance. The French journalist and my former guide could no longer find any of them,

So instead of less dead and traumatized bears in miserable cages there are today more then there were before the involvement of the NGOs. Can this naive approach really be the basis for more fund raising and Gala Diners?

The Boten Bear Sanctuary - September 2010

In June, we went to Boten, Lao P.D.R. with the intention to get a quote for the construction of the sanctuary. It utterly disappointed me when I went to pick up the plans from the architect to find that I was presented with a concept drawing and photocopies of the hand-sketches of each building (back to square one). With no choice, I went off to Boten to meet the contractors with what they gave me just to get scolded for giving them useless information (Which I do not blame them)... and of course... I had to come back with no quote! With no quote, I cannot fundraise... This architect quoted me 1.4M baht (~42,430 USD) for blue prints!!! And I still need to take it to an engineer!!! Uh... no!

At the end of July, we got a new architect. The quote is about 900,000 baht (~28,100 USD) for everything except construction. Still pretty steep for a foundation, but considering the amount of work it is very reasonable. I just hope we can get a quote in time for the September 3rd Gala Dinner in Australia.

Paperwork has been an issue as well. As we have been checking in at every visit, we did not expect the problem that has recently been encountered. Despite 'their' several confirmations of receiving all the paperwork (delivered by our hand to 'their' hand), they now tell us that they've never received the paperwork!!! How is this possible? Anyhow, everything was resubmitted in July, they confirmed receiving it this time when I called to check. We'll see!

On a lighter note, we checked on the bears and they have not disappeared yet. We have been worried that the bear farm owners would one day smuggle the bears out of the farm.

Everything for this project is very time sensitive. The delays are not helping! I've also been wondering why there are people discouraging us from continuing this project.

Karl Ammann
Nanyuki, Kenya
March 2011

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