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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
movement
in China.

Christopher Hasslet's
incredible report on the
illicit online ape trade.
A MUST READ.

An open letter regarding
developments in Guinea

concerning the illegal
export of great apes.

karl's recent Report on
CITES
, 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

karl ammannn

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.
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
karl ammann

Cites and the Taiping4
more on the export
of illegal wild apes
claimed as captive bred
karl ammann

Karl's blogs for
National Geographic
about
tiger Trade, china's chimp
smuggling, ivory tracking,
rhino poaching and more.

Tiger farming in
SE Asia

karl ammann

more on the China-
Gorilla story

karl ammann

Cites and the illegal
trade in wildlife

karl ammann

emails/letters/issues ignored
bonobos to Armenia

GRASP correspondence on
illegal animal trade

allegations of a coverup at the
CITES secretariat

karl ammann

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.
karl ammann

karl's latest elephant
poaching video

Millions spent on ape
conservation and where
are the results?

karl ammann

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

Where Did All
the Tigers Go?

karl ammann

the detailed report on
The Cairo Connection:
Ape Trafficking

karl ammann

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

karl ammann

Tiger, Lion bones
and rhino horn

another piece in Swara

karl ammann

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

karl ammann

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

karl ammann

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

karl ammann

Our reptile skin trade
gallery
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

karl ammann

Karl wins another
Genesis award

notes on Orang conservation
in Kalimantan - a sad story

errol pietersen

despite illegally held apes
CITES action minimal

karl ammann

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
karl ammann

2010 Bili-Uere Update
karl ammann

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

karl ammann

Mass Gorilla Execution
Can we learn from it?

karl ammann

Hundreds of Elephants
killed in DRC Park

from radio Okapi

Hunting Report take
on Chimp escape

karl ammann

US Wildlife Agency
provides a bandaid

karl ammann

open letter to CITES
re: wildlife export

karl ammann


important books

elephant reflections
dale peterson
karl ammann

eating apes
dale peterson
karl ammann


consuming nature
anthony rose
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others


Response to National Geographic's "Deadly Contact"

I read with interest David Quammen's story "Deadly Contact" in the October issue of National Geographic. What I found puzzling and also disturbing is the fact that he mentioned SIV/HIV only once, in passing, on page 102. There is no longer any doubt that HIV is a zoonotic disease and that various strains of SIV have crossed the species barrier on several occasions and are probably doing so today in some of Central African forest patch. AIDS has killed and is killing more people then all the other zoonotic diseases mentioned by Quammen in the story and costs the world community directly and indirectly billions of dollars every year.

Might the explanation, for this sidelining of a a key aspect of this story, still have to do with the editorial policy which was explained to me by the editor in chief and the director of photography in a meeting in their offices in 1997, when the same story line was discussed: Mainly that Dr. Jane Goodall felt that linking chimpanzees with HIV and AIDS might be counterproductive and result in even more chimps getting killed. This was an illogical argument then and is an illogical argument today, especially reading the statement from the survivors of the Mayibout II Ebola outbreak in which they supposedly informed Mr. Quammen that none of the villagers had eaten chimpanzee since. (This it seems despite the press release, at the time, by the then health minister of Gabon, to the effect that : "People should not eat apes they find dead in the forest and not hunt any which behave strangely.." and by implication go ahead and hunt the healthy ones.)

Karl Ammann
Nanyuki, Kenya
September 21, 2007


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