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Julian Rademeyer Wins the Prestigious Marjan-Marsh Award for His Book on Rhino Poaching, Killing for Profit

Julian Rademeyer

Killing for ProfitJulian Rademeyer has won the Marjan-Marsh Award, bestowed by the Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and Conservation in the prestigious Department of War Studies at King’s College, London, for his book Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade.

This Marjan-Marsh Award is given annually to someone who has made an invaluable contribution in an field where conflict and conservation interact. The Marjan Centre is a research group based in the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London, and is supported by an advisory panel of experts that includes Dame Jane Goodall.

The Marsh Christian Trust was started in 1981 by businessman Brian Marsh to honour “unsung heroes”, and hands out a number of awards across areas including conservation, the arts, heritage and social welfare.

In Killing for Profit, Rademeyer set out to uncover the workings of the illegal trade in rhino horn and expose the people and syndicates carrying out the activity. His work was often dangerous, but has proved important and valuable: the book has made ordinary people more aware of the rhino-poaching problem in South Africa, and Rademeyer’s top-quality investagative journalism has put uncomfortable pressure on criminals conducting illegal trade. Recently Hugo Ras, who Rademeyer writes about in his book, was arrested, along with nine of his associates.

Rademeyer will receive the award on Tuesday, 4 November at King’s College, London, and will deliver a talk – open to the general public – about the “rhino wars”

Press release

It is no overstatement to say that the publication in 2012 of the book ‘Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade’ was a transformational piece of investigative journalism.

The author, Julian Rademeyer, South African born and resident, risked his own life, after being threatened by traffickers in both South Africa and Laos, to uncover the murky world of the illegal rhino horn market that previously had been shrouded in rumour, myth, fact and fiction.

2014 is the third year that the Marjan-Marsh Award has been given to a person for making an outstanding contribution to conservation in areas of conflict; it is supported by the Marsh Christian Trust in conjunction with the Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and Conservation within the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London.

In giving the Marjan-Marsh Award to Julian Rademeyer the elements of working in personal danger and insecure environments as well as overall impact, were especially noted.

The award will be given to Julian on November 4th when he will also give a talk about the ‘rhino wars’ which will include observations about the latest situation: the talk is open to the general public and represents a unique chance to hear not only about one of the most high-profile and emotional issues in conservation today but also from the perspective of a knowledgeable ‘insider’.

Details about the talk on 4 November:

Date: November 4, 2014, Tuesday

Venue: The War Studies Seminar Room, King’s College.

Location: 6th floor. Main Strand campus.

Time: 6pm; it is free and open to the public.

(Directions: very easy!)

· Main Strand campus is along the Strand, near Covent Garden

· Arrive in Main Reception and continue down passage-way till you see lifts on the left.

· Go to 6th floor; after arrival turn left, and follow round to the Seminar Room on the left)

For further questions/directions, please contact Jasper Humphreys:; mobile: 07811345390


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