Killing for profit: exposing the illegal rhino horn trade.

Killing for profit: exposing the illegal rhino horn trade. Julian Rademeyer.

Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 2012. Octavo, paperback, colour photographs.

A horrific true story of greed, corruption, depravity and ruthless criminal enterprise. Rademeyer takes the reader on his two-year-long investigation into a dangerous criminal underworld and the merciless syndicates that will stop at nothing to obtain their prize. It is a tale of greed, folly and corruption, and of an increasingly desperate battle to save the rhino - which has survived for more than fifty million years - from extinction. Killing for Profit is a compelling, meticulous and revelatory account of one of the world's most secretive trades. It exposes the poachers, gangsters, con men, mercenaries, killers, gunrunners, diplomats, government officials and crime bosses behind the slaughter. And it follows the bloody trail from the front lines of the rhino wars in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to the medicine markets of Vietnam and the lair of a wildlife-trafficking kingpin on the banks of the Mekong River in Laos.

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