INVESTIGATIONS ARCHIVE

  • An apparently open-and-shut case of pangolin poaching and torture hit a brick wall when it got to court. Ed Stoddard investigates...

  • News of the arrest of Lucílio Matsinhe was received with shock because he is the son of a 'liberator of the homeland' and former minister of security. Nazira Suleimane reports...

  • Modern investigative techniques used to solve human crimes are now helping to catch wildlife poachers, smugglers and traffickers. Léa Surugue investigates...

  • Rangers on the ground say a tug of war among decision makers is exposing Mozambique’s largest national reserve to poachers and ivory traffickers. Estacio Valoi investigates...

  • Rising demand from consumers, local greed in a failing economy, weak controls and corrupt law enforcement are driving wild sturgeon in the Danube to extinction. By Denise Hruby...

  • An Appeal Court ruling has stalled plans to frack the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, but two exploration applications are still on track. Yuexuan Chen investigates...

  • Thousands of euros change hands at reptile trade fairs, but it's hard to tell if the deals are legal or not. Rudi Bressa investigates...

  • Roxanne Joseph investigates how the online illegal trade of rhino horn works, and how innovative technology is being used to disrupt the market ...

  • Cyberspace provides an anonymous, versatile marketplace for illegal wildlife trade. Rudi Bressa investigates how easy it is to set up illicit deals from Italy...

  • Analysis of #WildEye data shows there has been an increase in the number of court cases and convictions taking place across Europe, writes Roxanne Joseph...

  • Use of pangolins for bushmeat and African traditional medicine is complicated by the growing, unsustainable demand for scales from Asia. Alexis Kriel investigates...

  • New report exposes ‘gross violations’ of water permit regulations by eight coal mines in Mpumalanga. Andiswa Matikinca investigates...

  • Feiqian is the single biggest obstacle in investigating organised wildlife trafficking and related crimes, a year-long investigation by John Grobler established...

  • In a sophisticated laundering scheme, traffickers fly the eggs to Europe, incubate them and pass off the live birds as captive-bred. Denise Hruby investigates...

  • Pangolin populations across South Asia are endangered by a huge trade in animal parts supplying the appetite for Chinese traditional medicine...

  • Mali restricted the sale and slaughter of donkeys for skins in 2016, so syndicates have turned to smuggling stolen animals to Ghana. Oscar Nkala investigates...

  • For organised crime, the smuggling of endangered species is a lucrative business. Denis Hruby reports on how German customs agents use tracking dogs to crack down on the trade...

  • Demand for donkey-hide glue has turned Ghana into the region’s slaughterhouse, and the Chinese abattoir behind the trade is re-opening for business. Oscar Nkala investigates...

  • New data reveals a radical increase in the number of mines flouting water regulations. Mark Olalde & Andiswa Matikinca investigate...

  • More than five million birds are hunted illegally in Italy every year – by far the most in Europe. Matteo Civillini investigates efforts to crack down on offenders...

  • Recent seizures of huge amounts of scales have turned Nigeria into Africa’s key illegal pangolin exporting country. Alexis Kriel investigates what is driving the trade...

  • 'We know our lives are in danger': Attacks on anti-mining activists and environmental defenders documented in a new report. Andiswa Matikinca investigates...

  • Estácio Valoi exposes how the failure of UNDP funding intended to combat environmental destruction left Mozambican communities to battle cyclones, floods and drought alone...

  • Transnational investigation into abalone smuggling from South Africa to China wins at Asian Environmental Journalism Awards...

  • Tensions mount in the diamond-rich Richtersveld after the sale of mines by Trans Hex left a multi-million-rand rehabilitation debt. Yolandi Groenewald investigates...

  • John Grobler investigates the overlap between abalone and rhino horn smuggling syndicates operating between South Africa, Namibia and Hong Kong...

  • Shooting hyenas to save wild horses raises heated debate about interventions between endemic wildlife and ‘feral’ animals. Linda Baker investigates...

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa says SA mining wants to be more transparent and embracing. Andiswa Matikinca talks to organisations with advice...

  • The busy festive period is perfect for slipping abalone and other illegal animals through customs, writes Denise Hruby...

  • Being able to identify online transactions and conversations involving vulnerable species will assist in the fight against wildlife trafficking. Roxanne Joseph reports...

  • Our digital geojournalism tool #WildEye gives easy access to data on seizures, arrests, court cases and convictions related to wildlife crime in Europe...

  • The Western majoritarian view does not work when consulting mining-affected communities such as Xolobeni, reports Andiswa Matikinca...

  • Gruesome discovery of organised transnational crime ring exposes how illegal tiger farms are operating in the middle of the European Union. Tristan Martin investigates...

  • Wildlife criminals are increasingly using Europe's mail and online retail delivery services to smuggle their contraband. Denise Hruby investigates...

  • Six years and €50-million since its creation, Oscar Nkala visits the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area to find out what impact it has had on wildlife and communities...

  • South Africa and its allies at the COP24 climate negotiations are pushing for a strong rulebook on the Paris Agreement. Yolandi Groenewald reports from Katowice...

  • Executives at Mintails and DRDGOLD scramble to avoid liability and the possibility of criminal charges for R460-million environmental mess on the West Rand...

  • South African pioneers are inventing ways to save casualties of the world’s biggest wildlife crime, reports Louise de Bruin...

  • Stolen donkeys are smuggled across borders with Tanzania and Ethiopia to feed Kenya’s expanding abattoirs and Chinese demand for donkey-hide glue. Oscar Nkala investigates...

  • As enforcement steps up, illicit operations go deeper into darkness. New research suggests the marketplace could become impossible to disrupt, writes Roxanne Joseph...

  • Local residents reported blasting and the removal of coal close to the wetlands of the Greater Lakenvlei Protected Environment. Andiswa Matikinca investigates...

  • Our new #WildEye project aims to expose wildlife smuggling networks and how they work across the greater European continent...

  • An anonymous tip-off sparked a sustained investigative journalism trail and a precedent-setting High Court judgment, writes Julia Thomas...

  • Story about Patricia de Lille’s struggle to access climate funding for drought-stricken Cape Town wins United Nations contest...

  • Experts want to see a more scientific approach to designing, monitoring and evaluating interventions against wildlife crime, reports Mike Shanahan...

  • The illegal trade driving the world’s smallest marine mammal to extinction carries an important lesson for broader efforts to combat wildlife crime, writes Mike Shanahan...

  • Judicial review of Cabinet decision to open Mabola strategic water zone raises questions about the status of mining in protected environments. Tholakele Nene reports...

  • Researchers explore ways to bring attention to and inform policy on illegal wildlife trade. By Sara Schonhardt and James Fahn...

  • Cape Town’s ‘Day Zero’ sets an example for other cities faced with doomsday climate scenarios. Yolandi Groenewald reports...

  • Public participation in the mining sector has improved but there is still a long way to go to gain stakeholder trust, writes Tholakele Nene...

  • Parliamentary committee asks for explanations following Oxpeckers report on mining company’s liquidation plans. Lisa Steyn reports...

  • Three years after drought-stricken Cape Town applied to the global Green Climate Fund, the city’s application is still pending. Yolandi Groenewald reports...

  • Outrage greeted the early release of notorious Thai trafficker Chumlong Lemtongthai, who used false South African hunting permits to launder rhino horns. Simon Bloch reports...

  • Across Asia and the Chinatowns of Europe a growing demand for jaguar body parts is placing pressure on the big cats of the Americas. Eduardo Franco Berton investigates...

  • Oscar Nkala talks to a jailed Zambian elephant poacher about the structure, financing and operations of cross-border smuggling gangs...

  • Law enforcement agencies are creating new ways to combat online illegal wildlife trade. A centralised data repository is crucial to their success, writes Roxanne Joseph...

  • Liquidation leaves a R330-million environmental mess for Gauteng residents, government and other mining companies to clean up. Mark Olalde investigates...

  • SA’s Parliament decides to initiate a forensic investigation into the controversial R1.1-billion MalaMala deal, the country’s most expensive land settlement. Tholakele Nene reports...

  • Threats against critics of mining in protected water resource are part of a bigger trend of corporations trying to bully their critics into silence, reports John Yeld...

  • Roxanne Joseph asks questions you can use to tell the difference between legal and illegal advertising of animal products on social media...

  • With about 6,000 abandoned mines across South Africa, regulators are searching for answers to irresponsible mine closure. Mark Olalde reports...

  • Increased access to the Internet is facilitating rampant online wildlife trade in South Africa. Roxanne Joseph investigates why it is such an attractive marketplace...

  • The death of ancient trees in southern Africa not only affects biodiversity but will have a huge impact on society in general, reports Louise de Bruin...

  • The South African-based marketplace for online wildlife trade is Africa’s largest. Roxanne Joseph investigates where this cryptotrade is taking place...

  • Zimbabwe’s wildlife estate is open for business among unethical foreign hunters, corrupt officials and fraudsters, an investigation by Oxpeckers reporters shows...

  • Ground-breaking termite study shows climate change is altering Africa’s savannahs, and how ecosystems could stop functioning as a result. Louise de Bruin reports...

  • Botswana has lifted its moratorium on donkey abattoirs and is scouting markets in Asia, writes Oscar Nkala...

  • Indian company Atha-Africa Ventures is going ahead with an application to change land use at the Mabola protected area to open it to mining. Julia Thomas investigates...

  • Licensing of the country’s first commercial donkey abattoir was ruled out last October, but at Battlefront Investments business carries on as usual. Oscar Nkala investigates...

  • Game reserves are being developed along the Mozambique border to create a buffer zone against poaching. But displaced communities say it’s a land grab...

  • How did 13 rhino bulls from the Kruger National Park end up on a hunting farm owned by a reclusive Russian billionaire in Namibia?...

  • Most of the work of the international wildlife trade body focuses on endangered species in Africa, say pro-sustainable use groups...

  • Who are the people driving Namibia’s plans to open commercial abattoirs for donkey meat and skins for Asia? Oscar Nkala tracks them down...

  • Lessons we learnt from experimenting with savvy storytelling tech to tell visually strong and impactful multimedia investigations...

  • Modus operandi of ivory smuggling networks exposed after recent arrest of a 'mastermind' in the illicit trade from Pemba to China. Estacio Valoi investigates...

  • Pioneering data journalism project on financial provisions for mine closures and rehabilitation is rewarded with top environmental media award...

  • Preparing for the worst: A multimedia data investigation into how South African cities are dealing with the risks of climate change...

  • Donkey smugglers are taking advantage of cross-border criminal networks to meet the growing demand for hides. Oscar Nkala investigates...

  • Namibia has given the go-ahead to two donkey abattoirs that plan to export meat to Vietnam and skins to China. They have met stiff opposition from locals, reports Oscar Nkala...

  • Adapt, or die: technology helps to put out wildfires that are costing South Africa billions in damages and lost livelihoods. A multimedia investigation by Tricia Govindasamy...

  • Chinese traders are driving the cruel slaughter of donkeys across Southern Africa, for traditional potions that use gelatin in the hide. Investigation by Oscar Nkala...

  • More than 90% of Mozambican timber is exported to China at less than its true value. Estacio Valoi uncovers collusion between shipping agents, customs officials and port managers...

  • Ancient hardwood trees in the Caprivi State Forest are being looted by a Chinese syndicate exploiting legal loopholes and de-bushing tenders for farming. John Grobler investigates...

  • Disrupting the Future: How communities and experts work together to reduce flood disaster risks in Limpopo. A multimedia #ClimaTracker investigation by Anina Mumm Oxpeckers’ ...

  • Mining at the Mabola protected water zone is on hold – for now. The status of the mining right is unclear after court action by civil society groups this week, reports Mark Olalde...

  • Understanding and dealing with tremors during veterinary treatment is essential to securing the species, reports Louise de Bruin...

  • Mabola is a strategic water source that feeds four of South Africa's major rivers, but the government has approved a licence to mine coal there. Oxpeckers broke the story in 2015, ...

  • Crystal Chow investigates how the race over the most sought-after delicacy in Asia embodies the developmental dilemma in post-apartheid South Africa...

  • The future of electricity generation is no longer guaranteed to the coal industry. Which forms of power will keep the lights on? Mark Olalde investigates...

  • Journalist John Grobler was on assignment in Angola when he came across a young chimpanzee in trouble. This is the story of his mission to take her to a place of safety...

  • Never-before-seen data shows a fortune has been set aside for mine rehabilitation in South Africa. But large mines are not being properly closed, and the money cannot be touched. M...

  • Botswana has a global reputation for zero tolerance of poaching and wildlife crimes. In recent years, however, it has become vulnerable to insider wildlife crimes committed by rogu...

  • Adapt, or die: How do people survive when there's no water in their taps and the dams are bone-dry? A multimedia investigation by Yolandi Groenewald and Johnny Miller...

  • President Jacob Zuma is talking tough about radical land redistribution and the expropriation of farms. If reform is not well targeted it may threaten food security and benefit onl...

  • Oxpeckers publishes never-before-seen data exposing the lack of mine closures, despite R45-billion being held in financial provisions for rehabilitation in 2015. Investigation by M...

  • The Northern Cape is mostly a dry province, but preventing malaria is one of the measures it is taking to adapt to climate change, reports Rehana Dada...

  • Estacio Valoi travelled to Mozambique’s poaching capital to catch up with some of the kingpins who built their mansions on the proceeds of killing Kruger’s rhinos...

  • There has never been a more urgent time for Cape Town to adapt or die. Yolandi Groenewald investigates the measures city authorities are taking to survive the water woes...

  • Some farmers believe it is the wild rooibos plant that holds the secret to keeping climate change at bay, rather than its domesticated cousin. Yolandi Groenewald reports Rooibos te...

  • Without any public notification, South Africa’s ministers of environment and mining signed off on a coal mining project in the critical Mabola water catchment in Mpumalanga. Mark O...

  • Xuecheng Hou, a wealthy Chinese businessman linked to wildlife trafficking, has emerged as a major player in the illegal trade in rare African timber. John Grobler investigates...

  • Social and labour plans are supposed to improve life for communities affected by mining. Unfortunately, because of the fog surrounding how they operate and are enforced, these comm...

  • Tricia Govindasamy looks into the impacts of environmental authorisation for expanding Sedibelo mine in the North West Heritage Park Corridor The expansion of a mining project that...

  • Despite a ban on the export of raw timber in Mozambique, containers filled with hardwood logs are piling up in northern harbours for export to China. Estacio Valoi investigates Whi...

  • After an 18-month search, Mark Olalde accessed data on mine closure trust funds, financial provisions for rehabilitation and closure certificates...

  • Traditional food crops that have adapted to climate change and poor soils hold the key to food security, but is enough being done to conserve them?...

  • The Namibian authorities don’t seem to be in any hurry to shut down a rhino horn smuggling syndicate that has infiltrated security at Windhoek’s airport, writes John Grobler...

  • In response to climate change farmers prefer livestock species that are heat and drought tolerant, as well as disease and parasite resistant, writes Kennedy Dzama The climate of th...

  • Small-scale farmers observe crop yield increases in a time of drought due to adaptation interventions Local farmers in the uMgungundlovu District in KwaZulu-Natal have recently sta...

  • South Africa is one of the world's leading wine producers, 95% of it in the Western Cape. Yolandi Groenewald investigates the delicate tightrope wine farmers have ...

  • Ambitious government plans to grow the oceans economy are threatened by prospecting licences that would open the marine economic zone to phosphate strip mining. Mark Ol...

  • Leading up to COP22 the South African government released a draft National Adaptation Strategy for public comment. The strategy is open for comment until November 30 2016, and aims...

  • Fifteen months after Zimbabwe's two infamous lion killings earned the Lower Dete Valley its reputation as the graveyard of Hwange National Park’s big cats, Oscar Nkala<...

  • A controversial underground coal mine in a protected water catchment in Mpumalanga has moved closer to breaking ground after it was granted environmental authorisation and ...

  • The hunting of a rhino by a Vietnamese client with the ‘Musina Mafia’ set the tone for the treatment of the endangered species at CITES CoP17, writes Yolandi Groenewald...

  • Depending on your views about legal trade in wildlife products, the past week was either a good week or a very good week for Namibian conservation, writes John Grobler...

  • What do the CITES decisions mean for Southern Africa's elephants – and in particular, the world-famous Kruger National Park, where CITES has documented a 23% rise in elepha...

  • Time to respond: the deadline for public comment on climate change adaptation plans for South Africa’s district municipalities is October 7 2016. Tholakele Nene reports The L...

  • South Africa has no wild grey parrots, yet it is the world’s biggest exporter of the popular endangered birds. Kimon de Greef exposes the role of the breeders in c...

  • An undercover investigation exposes South Africa’s growing role in illicit transnational pangolin smuggling. Will the ban on trade by CITES make any difference? Special rep...

  • Women now have a place in a labour-intensive workplace with heavy machinery designed for muscle, but a rough industry is struggling to get to grips with their presence unde...

  • Activists face uphill battles when they push back against mining companies. Their stories include violence, secret deals, a lack of access to information and unenforced law...

  • After a two-year investigation, John Grobler exposes the totem-based networks facilitating transnational rhino horn smuggling and defeating the pursuit of suspects...

  • Why did Swaziland submit a last-minute proposal asking CITES to approve an experimental ‘pilot project’ to sell its stockpiled rhino horns? What does this mean for the COP1...

  • Game breeders cashing in on sales of endangered oribis are adding to the threats pushing the species towards extinction. Dale Hes investigates...

  • SADC report reveals how member states favour an anti-poaching strategy with far-reaching consequences for the independence of national judiciaries, writes Lawrence Sere...

  • Communities affected by mining in South Africa live under a double-edged sword. Geojournalism helps them to participate in governance and compliance monitoring...

  • Why are the icons of conservation being arrested in connection with rhino poaching? Yolandi Groenewald examines the screening processes for Kruger rangers...

  • A mysterious hunting lodge with a backdoor into the Etosha National Park provides a possible key to the decimation of Namibia’s critically endangered black rhinos...

  • Terence Govender, vice-president of development at the giant SolarReserve project in the Northern Cape, talks to Tholakele Nene about the benefits of investing in renewable energy ...

  • John Grobler visits Okahao, a sleepy settlement near Etosha that is at the centre of the poaching plague threatening the world’s last critically endangered black rhinos...

  • Tholakele Nene finds out how giant solar power projects are making a difference to rural lives affected by climate change in semi-desert areas of the Northern Cape Households in du...

  • John Grobler reports on the sensational arrest of a young Windhoek businessman and his alleged role in the slaughter of critically endangered black rhinos...

  • By Locadia Mavhudzi Approximately 4.5-million people, more than 30% of Zimbabwe’s population, will be in need of food aid by next March, according to recent estimates by the United...

  • Zambia’s elephant population has declined by about 90% due to poaching. Its black rhino population is extinct. Oscar Nkala visited the border town of Livingstone t...

  • Not even being famous or royal will protect you from Namibia’s crippling drought, writes John Grobler Namibia’s famous desert lion Harry, named after the British prince, has been s...

  • Mark Olalde revisits the fracking debate, and finds both sides digging in for a protracted fight as legislation and the benefits of shale gas mining become murkier...

  • American photojournalist Martin Totland travelled to the borderlands between Mozambique and Kruger National Park to investigate the latest in the anti-poaching war...

  • Amid growing human-wildlife conflict, Namibia’s environment minister sends out a strong message to farmers illegally killing elephants and other wildlife...

  • As South African cities prepare for the worst that climate change will throw at them, a new report warns that the cost of adapting to climate change in developing countries could.....

  • Why is a dusty town near Hwange National Park making international headlines for the poisoning of elephants? Oscar Nkala unravels the networks and modus operandi b...

  • Anti-poaching resources in the Kruger National Park are being stretched by a rise in elephant slaughters. Yolandi Groenewald spoke to the park's chief ranger abou...

  • Drones promised to provide an invisible eye skimming the Kruger park to deter poachers. The reality on the ground has not yet lived up to that promise, reports Yolandi ...

  • Zimbabwean parks employees allegedly managed to steal ivory from the Hwange stockpile since 2012 and export it to international trafficking syndicates. Oscar Nkala...

  • Dwindling elephant numbers and heightened demand for ivory from Chinese trafficking syndicates are fuelling a cross-border poaching war in the Zambezi region. Oscar Nka...

  • Illegal fishing in Lake Ngami in the Okavango Delta is a threat to species and local livelihoods. It could spark cross-border conflict with Zambia and the DRC, reports

  • Deliberate poisoning of vultures by poachers is on the rise. If current trends continue, the Cape vulture will have declined by 98% in the next three generations, writes

  • The sale of wildlife from South Africa to Angolan national parks sparked a row over the spread of non-indigenous species. It also raised renewed fears about Angola's critic...

  • Montepuez ruby mine has been turned into a 'militarised zone' where villagers are beaten and illegal miners are killed, reports Estacio Valoi...

  • Oxpeckers Associate Shi Yi set out to investigate Chinese links in Namibia’s poaching crisis, and ended up in the middle of a sting operation that nabbed a former policeman...

  • In a move directly linked to an Oxpeckers investigation, the Vietnamese government has warned tour operators not to support illegal wildlife product processing workshops

  • A multimedia investigation by Mark Olalde exposes the threats Lake Malawi faces from climate change and overuse ...

  • A huge environmental restoration project aims to save one of the world’s most important estuaries threatened by climate change. Report by Yolandi Groenewald

  • Heat exhaustion is likely to occur when the human body’s temperature rises above 38℃, according to a recent study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)...

  • October 27 2015 will be remembered as the record-breaking hottest October day on Earth. This new high was set in Vredendal, a small town in the Western Cape, where a......

  • Scientists say 2015 was the warmest year ever recorded. According to research conducted by the South Africa’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), near surfa...

  • South Africa has issued a preliminary forecast of maize production for the coming harvest of 7.4 million tonnes – a drop of 25% from the already poor production levels of......

  • Should game reserves intervene to save wildlife during climate change? Yolandi Groenewald took the debate to a drought-stricken protected area that has been forced...

  • After Oxpeckers published articles on the opening of the Tsitsikamma protected area to fishing, a marine scientist sent us a plea explaining why this is a bad idea...

  • Conservationists are warning that South Africa’s drought might represent a bigger threat to rhinos, and wildlife in general, than poaching. Yolandi Groenewald repo...

  • Nicky Rehbock, global campaigns officer for Corruption Watch and Transparency International, wrote this blog about the Mala Mala Files for Corruption Watch Connected

  • A settlement prevents fishing in the Tsitsikamma marine protected area for now, but does not affect draft regulations for its re-zoning, writes Louise de Bruin

  • How will the MalaMala deal affect other landowners in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve? Are they running for cover, or trying to be part of the bonanza? Michelle Nel reports...

  • Two years after SA’s most expensive land claim settlement was concluded, post-restitution arrangements for the MalaMala Game Reserve are taking shape. Who is really benefiting?...

  • Marine scientists are concerned that opening South Africa's largest marine protected area will rapidly reduce stocks of endangered fish species. They liken the move to open...

  • Hongqiao Liu discovers how easy it is to smuggle illegal wildlife products through China’s porous border with Vietnam – where trafficking on an industrial scale happens openly...

  • Chinese journalist Shi Yi followed the trial of four alleged rhino horn traffickers in Namibia, and then paid a visit to their home villages in China to investigate their backgroun...

  • South Africa is in the grip of the worst drought since 1992. It is likely to get even worse in 2016 with the ever-increasing heat caused by El Niño, reports Tholakele N...

  • The two governments need to collaborate on environmental issues to combat wildlife crime, says chief of the Directorate of Parks and Wildlife Management...

  • Added to the crippling drought in South Africa are mining’s long-term impacts on water security. Mark Olalde investigates the costly legacy of historic mine waste<...

  • Court evidence reveals the typical methdology deployed by one of five organised crime syndicates believed to be active in Namibian wildlife trafficking, reports John Grobler...

  • It could take R30-billion to clean up thousands of abandoned mines scattered around South Africa. Who’s going to do it? And what are the implications for active and new min...

  • Following up on global outrage about the indiscriminate killing of wildlife during the Alldays ‘driven hunt’, Gareth Patterson investigated past and present recrea...

  • Details about the origins of a rhino poaching syndicate and their modus operandi are emerging in a Namibian court case. By Oxpeckers Reporters in Windhoek...

  • At least 25 rangers were killed in Africa in the past six months. If their well-being is not prioritised, the attrition rate may be disastrous for Africa’s natural heritage...

  • In the wake of the killing of Cecil by trophy hunter Walter Palmer, Gareth Patterson investigated how and why the US trophy-hunting industry has been funding scien...

  • Ecotourism plans for a community-owned game reserve bordering the Kruger National Park are being scuppered by political patronage and the ‘rule book’ in Pretoria...

  • Why did Cecil’s shooting become such a big issue? What we are witnessing, writes Gareth Patterson, is one of the largest demonstrations of the power of civil socie...

  • Behind Namibia's poaching crisis lies a deadly combination of corruption, drought, Chinese mining and construction ventures, and land-hungry communal cattle farmers...

  • Mozambique incinerated 2.5 tons of confiscated ivory and rhino horn this week, but will it end the illicit trade fuelling rampant wildlife poaching? Not unless corruption o...

  • SA is party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and has to produce a plan of action before the end of the year. Steps taken so far have not been e...

  • As the second largest economy in Africa, is South Africa in a position where it has to act on climate change? It is the perfect moment to resolve that question, writes ...

  • Respected wildlife veterinarian calculates there less than 3 000 white rhinos left in the Kruger. The figures will come under scrutiny in a High Court case, writes Loui...

  • In a major breakthrough, Mozambican police seized 65 rhino horns and 340 elephants tusks. But then some of the horns went missing and Chinese nationals arrested were report...

  • In a case that highlights the part seemingly legitimate US auction businesses can play in the illegal trafficking of wildlife products, the head of a Florida auction house ...

  • Controversial plans to strip-mine phosphate next to the West Coast National Park are forging ahead, despite confusion over the new One Environmental System. Marie-Louis...

  • In the latest abuse of the antiques exemptions, Canadian dealer 'Tony' Guan was jailed for smuggling rhino horns, ivory and coral across the US border...

  • All hunting in the drought-stricken north-western regions of Namibia should be halted pending proper assessment of game stocks, say conservationists...

  • Windhoek chiropractor Gerson Kandjii faces criminal charges related to the poaching of four black rhinos and the murder of retired German industrialist Reinhard Schmidt. John Grobl...

  • Two international journalists investigating rhino poaching in Mozambique were arrested for espionage...

  • The battle for Mabola is a test case for laws around prospecting and mining in a protected environment. The area is vital to South Africa's water security...

  • How did ‘Boxer’ die? Why are dead rhinos being found in the area his team patrolled? John Grobler digs up strange secrets surrounding the deaths of black rhinos in Kunene...

  • Mozambican poachers are using sugar cane fields to sneak into the Kruger National Park, where shootouts with anti-poaching teams are peaking and rhino poaching statistics c...

  • An historic deal to tackle wildlife crime in Mozambique has been signed between the Mozambican government and the Peace Parks Foundation...

  • Controversial South African hunter Dawie Groenewald and his brother, Janneman, charged in the US with fraudulently hunting 'problem' rhinos and laundering the horns on the black ma...

  • Moving rhinos out of the Kruger will go ahead, says SANParks, but due diligence is essential...

  • Elephant poaching is happening on 'an industrial scale' in northern Mozambique. A year-long investigation by Estacio Valoi exposes official complicity in the slaug...

  • Oxpeckers Rhino Court Cases interactive map provides an easy, accessible way to keep track of cases involving rhino poaching...

  • Central Africa need elephants to increase oxygen and food productivity, and to fight climate change, writes Israel Bionyi...

  • SANParks wants to move rhinos out of the Kruger to protect them from poachers. Contracts were signed with three hunting outfits based in the Northern Cape...

  • South Africa is losing a species about which very little is known. Louise de Bruin talks to two vets whose mission is to save the rhinos...

  • On the eve of his departure from the Police Ministry, Nathi Mthethwa released to Oxpeckers consolidated data on court cases involving alleged rhino poachers...

  • Another link in an international rhino horn and ivory trafficking ring between the US and China has been removed. Courier Ning Qiu admitted he sold raw rhinos horns worth about $3-...

  • The theft of 112 pieces of rhino horn from the conservation authority is the centre of high drama among senior parks officials, reports Sydney Masinga...

  • Is it worth digging up a biodiversity and heritage hotspot for fertilizer? Marie-Louise Antoni investigates plans to mine phosphate on the doorstep of t...

  • Zhifei Li, kingpin in an international rhino horn trafficking ring, has been jailed for the longest prison term in US history for a wildlife smuggling offence...

  • A community game reserve lost its first rhino to poachers this week. Franz Fuls reports that even this model of the green economy is vulnerable to poaching ...

  • South African and Mozambique signed an accord in the Kruger National Park on April 17 that will see the two countries jointly tackling rampant rhino poaching...

  • The Kenyan government granted a US$484-million contract to a Chinese firm to put up the first three berths of a gigantic port project in a global heritage site. Local residents are...

  • The Botswana government banned canned hunting of large carnivores, in response to an Oxpeckers cross-border investigation. Lawrence Seretse reports...

  • This photograph, taken during an undercover transnational investigation by Oxpeckers reporters in late 2013, went viral during a global campaign against canned lion hunting in Marc...

  • It's no coincidence that Mpumalanga, the province with the biggest concentration of coal mines, has the worst water quality water in South Africa. Sydney Masinga i...

  • The Lobito Corridor between Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo is a game-changer in the new scramble for Africa’s mineral riches. Who’s building it, and why? John Grob...

  • The Zambezi border region where five Southern Africa countries intersect is a wildlife trafficking hotspot. Hongxiang Huang investigated the smugglers' links to China...

  • Opencast coal mining operations in the Mpumalanga Highveld are destroying the livelihood, grazing and water of rural farmers. Franz Fuls visited an affected commun...

  • Chinese official says the country is ready to take home the critically endangered tigers that have been bred and 're-wilded' in South Africa, reports Hongqiao Liu<...

  • Tshekedi Khama dispatched a team of investigators to probe how lions exported from Botswana ended up in a canned hunting facility in South Africa. Investigation by Lawr...

  • Opencast coal mining at Weltevreden pan in Mpumalanga will destroy important wetlands supporting agriculture and water birds. How did Exxaro get a licence – and is it legal? F...

  • South African farmers are using cattle-rustling routes to smuggle wild lions out of Botswana to supply the demand for lion-bone potions in the Far East. Investigation by

  • Transnational exposé: In his latest lion deal, agriculture minister Christian de Graaff exported a huge shipment of lions to a canned hunting outfit in South Africa. By

  • Who are the Chinese citizens smuggling ivory out of Africa, and how are they doing it? Oxpeckers fellow Huang Hongxiang went to Mozambique to investigate...

  • Conservationists say blood money from ivory trafficking was used to fuel tensions in the run-up to elections in Mozambique. Estacio Valoi investigates...

  • Wan Ziming, head of China’s Management Authority at CITES, spoke to Hongqiao Liu about his concerns over opening trade in rhino horn ...

  • Rhino horn bangles a new fashion item? The global wildlife trade expert talks to Hongqiao Liu about China's growing appetite for horn, and what that means for the last rhinos...

  • Rhino horn smugglers in the US hide behind an exception for trade in antiques that are over 100 years old. Oxpeckers tracked down some of the prime suspects abusing this law to smu...

  • Ivory poachers targeting Kruger's big tuskers are using the same smuggling routes set up to launder rhino horns to Asian countries...

  • Online selling of rhino horn products is booming. Most of the trading takes place in Fujian Province, reports Hongqiao Liu...

  • China accounted for nearly 80% of the reported seizures of illegal rhino horns in Asia between 2009 and late last year, despite the fact that the Chinese government banned illicit ...

  • For the first time, journalists from mainland China worked with African journalists on an undercover investigation into the Chinese connection with ivory and rhino horns market in ...

  • Rogue South African trophy hunters have been directly implicated in cross-border rhino poaching, according to reliable intelligence in 2013 ...

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