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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
movement
in China.

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

An open letter regarding
developments in Guinea

concerning the illegal
export of great apes.

karl's recent Report on
CITES
, 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
importation

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
about
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
conservation

karl ammann

the rhino horn story
at consumer end
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the latest horrors of
Poaching in
Camero
on
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addendums to
elephants and elephant
conservation in the DRC

karl ammann

Our reptile skin trade
gallery
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
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africa geographic
reports on karl's
smuggling studies

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Karl's German site


posts/events
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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others


Wildlife Smuggling Report from Boten - November 2009

On this follow up visit we arrived in Boten in the afternoon of Nov 9th and spent two days in town. We had a look around to establish the status quo, compared to our earlier visit and the one by Jude Osborne of Free the Bears.

While this was going on the driver of a lorry approached our guide and informed him that he knew of two baby tigers for sale in a village half way between Boten and Luang Prabang and that some Vietnamese buyers were negotiating the price down from the $2000 asked for by the villagers/hunters, We managed to get the details of the exact location.

We made an appointment with the CEO/President of the Boten zone. He stated that he did not know he had a bear farm or was aware of any other captive wildlife (when he asked his 'foreign minister' he confirmed that this was indeed the case). He expressed interest in finding a solution and closing down the existing facilities.

sick bear caged in BotenWhen I got to Singapore I had a Chinese speaking vet call the bear farm owner and the President of Boten. It turned out that they had a serious problem and were to some extent aware of it. Several bears had already died. A horse had died and the dogs which had eaten the horse meat had also died, This was clearly a virus which crossed species and has to be taken seriously. They say they cremated the dogs the bears and the horse giving a clear indication that they were aware that they might have a serious health problem on their hands.

The Singapore based vet agreed to send an Australian and a Chinese speaking NGO representative up there to do some field testing on what was now been classified as being a potentially explosive situation which might involve a virus which could also spread to humans.

The visit is going on as of yesterday 27/11/2009 and I just spoke to the NGO representative and was told that 9 bears have died and the two greasy ones outside the restaurant have disappeared and so have the two clouded leopards. They expect another bear to die today. The diagnosis so far excludes distemper but nothing else.

Supposedly meetings with the President/CEO have taken place and progress is being made to find a long term solution/set up a sanctuary.

We then did follow up on the tiger issue and found that the two tiger cubs had been picked up by the Vietnamese and had gone across the border and the final prize was some U$ 1800 per cub, I plan to do more follow up on this.

(see 2011 update)

Karl Ammann
Nanyuki, Kenya
November 2009


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