>> Investigating who the illegal poachers are, who the traders are.>> A prominent American investigator into the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade has been found dead in Kenya, just before he was expected to publish a new expose on Asia's influence on the smuggling racket.>> Two-thirds of the ivory that leaves Africa is going to China and Vietnam.
The Vietnam market has been absolutely booming.>> Esmond Bradley Martin was reportedly found with a stab wound to his neck in his Nairobi home. His report was to detail how the ivory trade had shifted from China, long a major center for the wildlife black market, to neighboring countries.
He's the second major conservationist to die recently in East Africa, after South African Wayne Lotta was shot in Tanzania in August. Esmond Bradley Martin had been on the front lines of protections for these animals Animals for decades. Here he is after a bust in 1989. And his work, including as a former UN special envoy, was instrumental in getting rhino horn banned from China in 1993.
The country also banned ivory sale just a month ago. Esmond Bradley Martin was 75 years old.