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Jamie Joseph
Jamie Joseph is a writer and environmental activist working full time on Africa's elephant and rhino poaching crisis. She is best known for her mission 'solving poverty saves wildlife'. #SolvingPovertySavesWildlife

At the start of 2016 she exposed arguably the biggest rhino kingpin ever identified, and the cesspit of corruption that is linked to his criminal syndicate.

Jamie continues to write stories from the frontline. The battle for justice continues.

#2016YearOfTheRhino #ConvictGwalaRhinoKingpin

Follow Jamie’s journey through - empowering Global Citizens to be a force for good.

Entries by Jamie Joseph

Toya Delazy on a Mission to Save the Rhino, One Human at a Time

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 11:14 AM


Photo credit: Jamie Joseph / ©

In December I completed a 14 week "solving poverty saves wildlife" expedition across Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and South Africa, living among rural communities and shadowing farmers and anti poaching rangers that were once impoverished poachers. I've...

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Justice System in the Crosshairs as Alleged Rhino Poaching Kingpin Goes to Court

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 11:30 PM

While poaching in KwaZulu-Natal is in fast forward, the prosecutorial system in some areas appears to have gone into reverse. Many of the worrying poaching cases are linked to a magistrate, Deuteronomium Ngcobo, and a defense attorney, Mr Z.W. Ngwenya. This is of concern to police officers who mounted a...

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An Elephant Utopia

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 2:58 AM

When I was little, growing up in Durban on the east coast of South Africa, just two hours from Thula Thula Game Reserve, all the kids I knew in my neighborhood would meet up on the holidays at the Durban North public pool. We'd flock around a mass of water...

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Spare Capacity: When Landfill Becomes Life Saving

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 2:33 PM


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I've just arrived in the Motherland on a 14 week mission 'solving poverty saves wildlife'. Saving Africa's elephants and rhinos from extinction is as much about humans as it is about animals. This is a war...

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TEDx Speakers Outsmarting Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 9:44 AM


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At the end of this month I am returning to Africa, my motherland, to write stories from the frontline of the poaching crisis. Throughout the 14 week mission I will be producing a rolling narrative 'Solving poverty saves wildlife'. Saving Africa's...

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In the Race to Save the Elephants, will the U.S. or China Step Up First?

(4) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 3:50 PM

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On the 29th of May conservationists and global citizens all over the world were celebrating the Government of China's announcement that they would eventually halt the commercial processing and sale of ivory and its products....

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EIA: China's Blood Ivory Carving Factories

(3) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 1:24 PM

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"From what I can see, if China and Japan banned the domestic ivory trade today, and enforced it, poaching would start to decline immediately across Africa," says Allan Thornton, Founder of the Environmental Investigation Agency. "This is what happened after...
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War on Poaching: 'Saving the Wild' Quotes of 2014

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 1:52 PM

Earlier this week I released the first part of saving the wild' quotes of 2014, comparing Africa's poaching crisis to a thriller novel filled with terrorism and torture, corruption and conflict. Fortunately there are a growing number of global citizens that refuse to believe in a world without...

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Royal Chundu - African Utopia

(3) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 6:43 PM

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As I waved goodbye and the shuttle bus drove away from Royal Chundu Zambezi River Lodge, I unexpectedly found myself cornering a tear. The kindness the staff had bestowed on me during my two night stay had quietly unstitched me....

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Africa's Wild: Eco Warriors Don't Count on Hope

(5) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 10:47 AM

In the first part of the IAPF Green Army series, myself and six volunteers participated in our first anti poaching full moon patrol, lending our eyes and ears to rangers on the frontline. Most of the volunteers camped out in the bush are experiencing Africa's wild for the...

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AWF: Empowering Africans to Be Guardians of Wildlife

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 11:23 AM

In the last part of a three-part interview series with Patrick Bergin, CEO of African Wildlife Foundation, we discuss the real value of empowering struggling Africans living near wildlife and also the direct link to a decrease in poaching in those areas.

In part one of this...

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The American Girl and Her Rhino Orphans

(4) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 3:31 PM

I am currently on assignment at The Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo, South Africa. View part 1 of 'The Rhino Orphans' series at

Hillary was just a 20-year-old, sparkly blue-eyed Goldilocks when she arrived at The Rhino Orphanage in August 2012, a construction site of bricks and rubble...

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God's Ivory: The Role of Religion in the Elephant Poaching Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:35 PM


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Halfway through my interview with world renowned documentary photographer, Brent Stirton, I lean in and tell him that I think I have a line to the Dalai Lama.

"Jamie, don't go there!" he says,...
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Top 5 Ways to Save Our Elephants From Extinction

(3) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 1:03 PM

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World Elephant Day is recognized on August 12, an appeal to all global citizens to help conserve and protect elephants from the numerous threats they face. As an...

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WildAid: The Race for New Chinese Thinking

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Photo credit: WildAid Ambassadors Sir Richard Branson and Yao Ming

"When the buying stops, the killing can, too."

WildAid's mantra, translated into Chinese, has permeated China's culture and society - a remarkable achievement in the mission to stamp out the US$10 billion illegal wildlife...

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Will New Zealand Ban the Ivory Trade? Jane Goodall and Helen Clark Speak Out

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 8:38 PM

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The African poaching crisis is at its worst levels ever, with an elephant killed every 15 minutes for its tusks, fuelled by an insatiable demand for ivory products.

Prominent New Zealand business leaders have teamed...

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UN Helen Clark: Rural Poverty Is Fuelling the Poaching Crisis

(11) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 11:29 AM

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Mainstream news is flooded with recycled poaching stories: dead rhinos and elephants, bad poachers, and public outrage.

The demand is primarily from Asia, but who are the poachers really?

Many of...

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Mandela Day: 67 Minutes That Could Change Your Life Forever

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 3:12 PM


I am the official storyteller for TEDxAuckland. This means I have the great privilege of getting to know people with the most amazing stories. This year I'm revelling in the true tales told to me by Rory Steyn, Nelson Mandela's chief bodyguard during his...

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Jane Goodall: We Can Save the Elephants

(7) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:28 PM
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Two days after New York passed the historic ban on the sale of elephant ivory, legendary conservationist Jane Goodall was in Auckland inspiring New Zealanders to save the elephants.

A petition has just been...

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