Exposing Wildlife Crime: An Interview With Karl Ammann

By Dylan Forest, Published on Animal People Forum on March 14, 2021 Wildlife crime is a serious and escalating threat to the survival of many species and entire ecosystems. When most of us hear about the scale of the threat poaching and trafficking pose to wild animals, we hope that between NGOs, law enforcement, andContinue reading “Exposing Wildlife Crime: An Interview With Karl Ammann”

The Elephant Pricing Scam

by Karl Ammann, Published in Swara – March 3, 2021 In the investigative article below, reproduced with permission, wildlife crime investigator and photographer Karl Ammann exposes corruption, forgery, and fraud on a massive scale in the export of African elephants from Zimbabwe to China. In the image below (Zimbabwe accounts), the Zimbabwe authorities indicate thatContinue reading “The Elephant Pricing Scam”

Animals as Commerce

An Integrated Curriculum For The Washington Post Newspaper In Education Program By Karl Ammann, Published February 14, 2020 ©2020 THE WASHINGTON POST INTRODUCTION: Meeting a Demand for the Wild There are those who believe in the magical powers of parts of animals and there are those who have made a business of meeting the demandContinue reading “Animals as Commerce”

Tracking The Tiger Butcher

Large numbers of tigers are being farmed, killed and trafficked in Laos. Terrence McCoy – Published in Reader’s Digest on Jul 29, 2020 12:16:13 IST He was up there somewhere, at the top of the hill, the man Karl Ammann had come to see. It would soon be night. The forest was all shadows andContinue reading “Tracking The Tiger Butcher”

A Study of Illegal Trafficking of Lao PDR Elephants

Open letters and Compilation of documents by Karl Amman (2020-06-21) – Elephants already exported and in the process of being exported to China While looking into the export of the elephants to Dubai Safari we encountered representatives of a Chinese company, from Yunnan, inspecting some 50 elephants they said they had under contract. The concernedContinue reading “A Study of Illegal Trafficking of Lao PDR Elephants”

Letter to CITES Secretariat

6 Medlaurst Close Claobhana, Surrey UK GU24 8PA t*44)7788 4040940 URGENT Via email and post: info@cites.ore CITES Secretariat Palais des Nations Avenue de la Paix 8-14 1211 Genève 10 Switzerland 21 February 2020 Dear Sir/ Madam, Complaint: Import of 18 Chimpanzees from South Africa to China in breach of the Convention on International Trade inContinue reading “Letter to CITES Secretariat”

The African Ranger Awards and the Demand Side of the Coin

When researching the illegal wildlife trade, very often some tentacles lead back to South Africa. Not only when it comes to rhino horn, abalone and lion bone but in this case to one of South Africa’s biggest company: Naspers, a major shareholder in Tencent, who in turn owns WeChat, a Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social mediaContinue reading “The African Ranger Awards and the Demand Side of the Coin”

Letter to the Chinese Forestry Police

Dear Sirs, I am referring to our meeting at the Yunnan CITES office to discuss the import of elephants into China. Below is the report I sent to various parties last year after some of the initial evidence became available. I understand that for the forestry police the main issue is not the CITES technicalitiesContinue reading “Letter to the Chinese Forestry Police”