karl ammann
bushmeat activist, wildlife photographer, author;

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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

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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
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Cites and the Taiping4
more on the export
of illegal wild apes
claimed as captive bred
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Karl's blogs for
National Geographic
tiger Trade, china's chimp
smuggling, ivory tracking,
rhino poaching and more.

Tiger farming in
SE Asia

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more on the China-
Gorilla story

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Cites and the illegal
trade in wildlife

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emails/letters/issues ignored
bonobos to Armenia

GRASP correspondence on
illegal animal trade

allegations of a coverup at the
CITES secretariat

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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.
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karl's latest elephant
poaching video

Millions spent on ape
conservation and where
are the results?

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

Where Did All
the Tigers Go?

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the detailed report on
The Cairo Connection:
Ape Trafficking

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

karl ammann

Tiger, Lion bones
and rhino horn

another piece in Swara

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

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Into the Asian Underworld
in Africa Geograpic's
Rhino Watch
(page 3)
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karl speaks at Foreign
Correspondents' Club of
Thailand - International
Trade in Reptile Skins

rhino versus ape

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

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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

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Karl wins another
Genesis award

notes on Orang conservation
in Kalimantan - a sad story

errol pietersen

despite illegally held apes
CITES action minimal

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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

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
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2010 Bili-Uere Update
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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

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Mass Gorilla Execution
Can we learn from it?

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Hundreds of Elephants
killed in DRC Park

from radio Okapi

Hunting Report take
on Chimp escape

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US Wildlife Agency
provides a bandaid

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open letter to CITES
re: wildlife export

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important books

elephant reflections
dale peterson
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eating apes
dale peterson
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consuming nature
anthony rose
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click photo to jump
to appropriate gallery

elephant gallery

predator gallery

the great apes

signature images

asian conservation

african conservation

bushmeat gallery

bili ape gallery

reptile skin gallery

tiger gallery

About Karl Ammann

Karl Ammann is a wildlife photographer and conservation activist and a leader of the campaign that gained worldwide recognition of the bushmeat crisis in Africa. He is an advisory director to several organizations, including The World Society for the Protection of Animals, The Cheetah Conservation Fund, and The Biosynergy Institute. National Geographic has recently interviewed Karl and their story is a good introduction to his philosophies and opinions on the state of bushmeat today. Even better is this recent interview about his life's work. It is in three parts: part I and part II and part III.

Karl was also just interviewed by Southeast Asia Globe. In it he reveals his trade secrets, how to avoid serious trouble and his disillusion over the lack of progress in combatting illicit animal trade. Lately he has been investigating an extensive wildlife smuggling ring stretching from Central Africa to Egypt. The 2011 and 2012 reports The Cairo Connection II and The Cairo Connection III bring us up to date on the status of Ape Trafficking.

Photo and Writing Credits

His photographs and his writings on the African bushmeat trade have been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Stern Magazine, Natural History Magazine, Outdoor Photographer (USA), Airone (Italy), Focus (Germany), National Geographic's Earth Almanac, and in many other venues. Most recently his work is featured in several National Geographic photo galleries - Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 along with an accompanying interview.

Most recently he is co-author and photographer of two important books. Eating Apes, with Dale Peterson, documents the history and present status of the Bushmeat trade and the myriad of issues involved. Consuming Nature, with Tony Rose and others, is a full color coffee table book on the exploitation of African rain forests with a focus on bushmeat. President Jacques Chirac of France was quite touched by these images and he wrote to us in FRENCH; our ENGLISH translation is available.

He initiated and helped produce TV programs on the bushmeat issue for CNN, BBC Newsround, (see the latest BBC news report about bushmeat; it introduces the BBC video of Karl documenting the bushmeat trade) UK Channel Four, National Geographic, and M-Net Carte Blanche.

After studying at St. Gall Graduate School of Economics, and graduating Cornell University's Hotel Management School in 1974, Karl worked on new project development and marketing for InterContinental Hotels in Africa and worldwide, travelling to over 100 countries. Karl first recognized the scale of the bush meat trade in 1988, while traveling on one of the legendary Zaire River boats. Hunters and fisherman bring their produce to these boats in dug-out canoes. Some is consumed on route, most is stored on-board for resale in towns. At journey's end, Karl counted some 2004 smoked primate carcasses and about 1000 fresh ones, stored in special bush meat freezers.

Since then he has carried a camera as his sidearm, shooting scenes of chimpanzees and gorillas being butchered for sale as expensive commercial bushmeat. Ammann's reports and documentaries convinced the European Parliament and leaders of over twenty African states to sign a proclamation against the slaughter of apes and caused the government of Cameroon to convene a national conference on the illegal bushmeat trade. For this work he received the Dolly Green Award for Artistic Achievement at the 11th annual Genesis Awards banquet in Los Angeles in April of 1997.

In recent years Karl has authored widely distributed photo-essay books, including Orangutan Odyssey (with Birute Galdikas), Gorilla, Cheetah, The Hunters and the Hunted, Masai Mara and Little Bull: Growing Up in Africa's Elephant Kingdom (with Ellen Foley James). He helped edit and provided photographs for the APA Insight Guide Book, East African Wildlife. And, as mentioned, Karl has recently co-authored Eating Apes and Consuming Nature.

Awards and Commendations

receiving genesis award in 1997Karl's work has been widely acclaimed in many arenas. In 2009 he again won the Genesis Brigitte Bardot International award for his stirring documentary about the Asian trade in exotic animals and their parts, "The Mong Lah Connection." Read about Karl and other 2009 award winners. You may also check out some of the photos from that grand evening.

In 2008 he received two prestigious awards that we are very proud of. First, Time Magazine has named Karl a Hero of the Environment; people who have given the earth a voice. They credit Karl with almost single-handedly raising awareness of the issue of bush meat; read what else they say about Karl.

Karl has also been named as SAB Environmental Journalist of the year in the broadcast category for his documentary The Cairo Connection, which was broadcast on SABC2's 50/50. Also, for this work, Karl was named winner in the Brigitte Bardot International Genesis Award category; this award was presented at the 22nd annual Genesis Awards in 2008. You may read about the 2008 Genesis Award winners. The Cairo Connection looks at the illegal smuggling of primates from Africa. Read the details posted at Environment South Africa!

For his work in Cameroon, he received the very prestigious Dolly Green Award for Artistic Achievement at the 11th annual Genesis Awards banquet in 1997. The Ark Trust, the originator of the Genesis Awards has merged with The Humane Society of the United States. You may read about the 1997 Genesis Award winners.
In 1999 Karl received the inaugural Chimfunshi Pal Award in recognition of his efforts to raise hope, awareness and respect on behalf of chimpanzees.

For five consecutive years Ammann has won the "World In our Hands" category in competion for the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, as well as other category prizes. He is one of the leading environmental photographers in the world today. Ammann and his wife Kathy share their fifteen acre game ranch near Mt. Kenya with their adopted chimpanzee orphans Mzee and Bili, a home reared cheetah orphan, Sasa, and dozens of visiting elephant, buffalo, monkeys and other local wildlife.

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