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Wednesday, 19 October 2016   /   published in Extinction, Horn, Poaching

African Writers Recognized for Rhino Story

Three members of the Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism team were finalists in the prestigious CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards. Oxpeckers editor Fiona Macleod and Namibian associate John Grobler were short-listed for a 10-month-long investigation in 2015 that uncovered political and commercial agendas driving the world’s largest black rhino population toward extinction.

(Click here to read “Caught In the Crossfire: How Cattle and Chinese Mining Interests are Killing Off Namibia’s Black Rhinos.”)

Their work saw them collaborate with two Chinese journalists to produce an indepth transnational investigation into rhino and elephant poaching in Namibia. They uncovered Asian syndicates operating on the ground in Namibia, and then tracked their links back to China and Vietnam.