INVESTIGATIONS ARCHIVE

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

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

  • #MineAlert's Tholakele Nene discusses the importance of building trusted partnerships when creating tools for transparency and accountability...

  • A lot of tools and skill go into creating a cutting-edge multimedia investigation, as Tricia Govindasamy discovered when covering our Fire Factories feature...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Want to find out how many uranium mines there are in SA, given the focus on nuclear build? This kind of information is available on our #MineAlert map...

  • What does climate change mean for the average household? Our new ClimaTracker Food Basket Calculator shows the costs in real terms...

  • Xuecheng Hou, a wealthy Chinese businessman linked to wildlife contraband trafficking, has emerged as a major player in the illegal trade in rare African timber in sub-Saharan Afri...

  • Estacio Valoi, an Oxpeckers Associate based in Mozambique, won the environmental journalism award at the 15th anniversary celebrations of the Worldwide Fund for Nature...

  • 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 A week...

  • 'Swashbuckling tale' of poaching links from Namibia to China won Oxpeckers a prestigious CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Award...

  • 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...

  • After a two-year investigation, John Grobler exposes the totem-based networks facilitating transnational rhino horn smuggling and defeating the criminal justice sy...

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

  • A mysterious, empty hunting lodge with a backdoor into the Etosha National Park has emerged as a possible key to the decimation of Namibia’s critically endangered black rhi...

  • John Grobler visits Okahao, a sleepy settlement near Etosha National Park that is at the centre of the poaching plague threatening the world’s last viable populat...

  • John Grobler reports on the sensational arrest of a young, up-and-coming Windhoek businessman named 'Mox' Namwandi. Who is he, and what is his role in the slaughte...

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

  • Shi Yi, a Chinese journalist who joined Oxpeckers in 2015 to expose wildlife trafficking routes from Namibia to Asia, won the coveted Journalist of the Year Award ...

  • #MineAlert is a citizen-focused, mobile and web-based resource that provides users with real-time and location-based alerts about mining & associated applications...

  • 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

  • Oxpeckers Fellow 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 pol...

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

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

  • How will the Mala Mala 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 South Africa’s most expensive land claim settlement was concluded, post-restitution arrangements for the Mala Mala Game Reserve are taking shape. Who is rea...

  • Chinese journalist Shi Yi has been following the trial of four alleged rhino horn traffickers in Namibia. She paid a visit to their home villages in China to inves...

  • ClimaTracker is an innovative geojournalism project that makes complex scientific data accessible, and tells Southern Africa’s climate change stories at a mouse click

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

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

  • 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...

  • 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, reports <...

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

  • Oxpeckers both creates and applies new technologies for investigative environmental reporting. It is a new kind of journalism that creates visual narratives while empowering civic ...

  • 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, already facing criminal charges related to the poaching of four black rhinos in Namibia's Etosha National Park, has appeared in a loca...

  • 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 i...

  • Oxpeckers partnered with the Barcode of Wildlife Project, a global programme building a DNA barcode reference library of threatened species vulnerable to illegal trade...

  • A week after Oxpeckers won the coveted SAB EnviroMedia Award in October 2014, our Asian associate Hongqiao Liu won a Merit Award in the Asian Environmental Awards 2014. Liu, one......

  • Judges of the prestigious SAB EnviroMedia Award describe the Oxpeckers Fellowship Project as 'South Africa's pioneering attempt to facilitate collaborative journalism on an interna...

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

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

  • A report by a specialist in digital journalism and open data, Alex Howard, published by the Tow Center of the School of Journalism of Columbia, presents the work of the......

  • 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...

  • Global wildlife trafficking syndicates employ increasingly sophisticated circumvention tools and technology to avoid detection. Oxpeckers exposes them by playing them at th...

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

  • 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...

  • 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

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