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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Hundreds of Elephants Killed in DR Congolese National Park
Excerpt from report by DRCongo's UN-sponsored Radio Okapi - December 7, 2006

Nearly 250 elephants have been shot dead in the course of this year in the Garamba National Park, Upper Uele, Province Orientale [northeastern DRCongo]. The approximate figures were issued on Wednesday [6 December] by park wardens at Nagero, a village in the neighbourhoods of the park in Faradje District, during an information visit of the MONUC [UN Mission in DRCongo] officials from Ituri [district of Province Orientale].

According to the wardens, the prevalence of poaching in the area was being facilitated by the free movement of light firearms in the area and the porous border crossing between Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Uganda.

Wardens met at Nagero indicated that at Ngabapayi, a village to the northwest of the park, a Kalashnikov was being sold at 15 US dollars, and a basket of ammunition was going at 5,000 Congolese Francs [approximately 8 US dollars], and that the poachers were both Congolese nationals and foreigners.

The wardens felt that the leadership should increase the number of security operatives and increase their logistical means in order to put an end to the situation.


Garamba is the National Park to the East of the Bili/Uere protected area. In the last two decades it benefited from millions of dollars in conservation funding to try to protect the worlds remaining Northern White Rhino. Today there are three left and essentially the worlds most endangered large mammal has to be considered extinct.

After the rhinos it now seems to be the elephants turn. The same applies the 60 000 square kilometers Bili Uere protected area which was classified an "Elephant Park' in colonial times because it had a higher density of elephants than any other area in the Congo. They are now pretty much all gone and clearly bush meat hunting will not stop but now extend to the other larger mammals.

Compared to Garamba which is a National Park the Wildlife and Hunting Reserve status of Bili Uere has not had a single ranger active on the ground for the last 20 years and more elephant ivory and meat has come out of this area then any other in the Congo. (plus it has recently been invaded by cattle people from Chad and the Central African Republic which no longer have to worry about sleeping sickness).

The only way to avert the above trend would be for the new administration in Kinshasa to show real political will and allow an active and well equipped ranger force to be installed and in the absence of a judicial system the only law enforcement policy which seems to work in the context of the above would have to be a shoot to kill policy when it comes to the heavily armed poaching gangs.

Commentary by Karl Ammann
Nanyuki 12/12/06

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