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Wildlife in Crisis seminars: The search for solutions and the big trade debate. Speakers were:
Loretta Feris, Director of Research and Professor of Environmental Law: Faculty of Law, UCT (Chair);
Alejandro Nadal, Professor of Economics: Centre for Economic Studies, El Colegio de Mexico; 
Jo Shaw, Rhino Programme Manager at WWF-SA;
John Hanks, Independent environmental consultant;
Will Travers, CEO: Born-Free Foundation;

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The Wildlife in Crisis seminars organised by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime brought together leading conservationists, anti-poaching and law enforcement officials, researchers and activists for three evenings of debate on some of the most critical, challenging and thorny issues in conservation today. Speakers in this seminar - which looked at current anti-poaching strategies and the role of communities and conservation - were: 
Mark Shaw, SARChI Chair of Justice and Security, Centre of Criminology, UCT and Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime;
Maano Ramutsindela, Professor, Environmental and Geographic Science, UCT (Chair); 
Johan Jooste, Major General, Officer Commanding: Special Projects, SANParks; 
Moshakge Molokwane, National Secretary: People and Parks; 
Tess Rayner, TRAFFIC – East/Southern Africa;
Judith MacGregor, British High Commissioner to South Africa.

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And check out the document archive for documents detailing the illicit trade in rhino horn:

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A new article on China's links to the global trade in rhino horn...

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It has been nearly four years since game farmer Dawie Groenewald and other members of the so-called “Groenewald gang” were arrested in Limpopo province. Tomorrow they are expected to go on trial in the Gauteng North High Court in Pretoria, charged with thousands of counts of illegal hunting, dealing in rhino horn, racketeering, money-laundering and fraud.

I spent several hours over a number of days in 2011 interviewing Groenewald as part of my research for Killing for Profit. It is the only time that he has ever publicly broken his silence about the accusations levelled against him.

This post includes an edited extract from the book and several key documents setting out the State's case against Groenewald. A number of them have never been made public before now.

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Fascinating story about the late (and unlamented) Pablo Escobar's pet hippos...

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