karl ammann
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present features:

karl interviewed by
Southeast Asia Globe
reveals his trade secrets;
staying out of trouble,
disillusion w/progress
on illicit animal trade

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
importation

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.
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latest (9-14)Conakry
Connection update

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latest (1-14)Conakry
Connection update

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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
about
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.
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for details see this
transcript with NBouke.
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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

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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
conservation

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

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Our reptile skin trade
gallery
is now online.

Rhino Files: 333 rhinos
killed by poachers in
barbaric fashion

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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


posts/events
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

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"horrific slaughter of
elephants ... butchered
in the Central African
Republic ... "

from BBC Newsnight

HIV ignored in Natl
Geographic article on
disease transmission

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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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others


The Bondo Mystery Apes

OPEN LETTER TO HANS WASMOETH OF THE WASMOETH WILDLIFE FOUNDATION

I guess the fact that we have had some major differences of opinion as far as the Bili conservation project is concerned seems beyond doubt. However I always had high hopes that in the end the project was more then a tax shelter scheme. I am no longer sure that this analysis was right.

I just spent some 12 days in the region with some journalists and while our main objective was to establish the demand pattern for elephant meat compared to that of ivory, we did conduct a wide range of interviews, which included residents of Bili on visit in Zemio, as well as some extensive low level survey flying over many parts of the Bili Uere protected areas and other parts of the CAR and DRC (the first elephant we managed to spot from the air was however at Dzanga Sangha, while Ron kept pointing out saline/clearings where only ten years ago dozens of elephants would have congregated late in the afternoon).

As such, the results of this survey were more then just distressing:

I have for the last ten years had one mantra, that of preaching independent third party auditing of conservation projects and to hopefully learn from mistakes. As I said before, I am more then just distressed to see that I initiated a conservation project which now seem to go the route of many of the others, becoming a major part of the problem rather then a solution and without any real effort being made to evaluate the overall impact.(putting Shadrakas reports up on your web page might be an initial step).

If all the above is combined with the fact that the DRC law does not allow commercial cultivation in protected areas and that a big part of the coffee buying project covers areas in the hunting and wildlife reserve, I would have thought that such an independent third party - unannounced - audit would be in everybodys interest but certainly in that of the last hippos and elephants in the Bili Uere area.

I also have now been maintaining for years that conservation projects in this part of the world have no hope to succeed if they do not combine an arsenal of carrots and sticks. Buying the coffee clearly amounts to a major carrot, withdrawing the coffee income and investing it instead in real and serious law enforcement by well trained ecoguards - from outside the project area - could be relevant sticks. At this stage to pretend things are under control and that no additional measurers are needed and that the present approach is working has a high chance of The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation, in the end, presiding over the last elephant and hippo of the area ending up in an Azande cooking pot.


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