Jamie Joseph is on a crusade to fight rhino poaching. The environmental activist has spent countless nights in game reserves across South Africa, networking with rangers and community leaders who feed her intelligence on poaching. She has used her blog to highlight how alleged corruption within the justice system is fuelling poaching.
-Sunday Times, September 2016
Fear is like fire, it can burn you or it can fuel you. As an activist I fear bearing witness to the extinction of an iconic species far more than I fear taking on a poaching syndicate. The illegal wildlife trade is a joyride for syndicates, and journalism is failing to expose the corruption that makes their deadly playground possible. Too many people get stuck in a job they resent, and they end up dying before they’re dead. Sure, I live on the edge of sensibility, but that’s where the magic happens.
In August 2015 I set out on a 14 week mission ‘solving poverty saves wildlife’ – a global showcase of community conservation stories illustrating how we can save Africa’s iconic animals when we tackle the poverty link to the poaching crisis. From Zimbabwe to Zambia, South Africa to Kenya, pioneering conservationists have continued to exceed expectations, carving a path to the end game in the race to save elephants and rhinos from extinction.
“If she goes below five breaths a minute we’re in trouble,” The vet says calmly.
The spear wound is deep, and at least twenty minutes has passed before they start sealing the wound with a type of clay that looks like war paint.
“Four deep breaths on the minute,” I call out just as I feel something squeeze my heart. “Come on girl,” I whisper to Jetta, and at that moment her trunk gently flicks up, signally the M99 drug is starting to wear off…
Jamie Joseph | Biography
Jamie Joseph was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa. Her childhood days spanned the national parks of both countries, and these great wild places imprinted on her from a very young age.
As a teenager growing up in the height of the ecstasy rave revolution, she stumbled into the dark side and gained insights into a criminal syndicate where money talked, and dealers walked. Her fleeting dance with the devil prepared her for an unexpected life as a wildlife activist twenty years later.
Jamie moved to London at the age of 20 to work for Microsoft, developing a global web platform that would become MSN. Five years later she moved back to South Africa to produce groundbreaking music, arts and culture festivals that united the rainbow nation.
In 2009 she relocated to New Zealand and was drawn to the global TED phenomenon of ‘ideas worth sharing’, becoming TEDxAuckland’s official storyteller. During her time in New Zealand she was a freelance environmental journalist and strategist, she campaigned for the Global Poverty Project, and for a ban on shark finning.
In 2014, Jamie returned to her African homeland to join the war on elephant and rhino poaching. She created the Saving the Wild platform and began writing stories from the frontline.
Since the start of 2016 she has been exposing a notorious rhino poaching syndicate led by the accused rhino poaching kingpin of Zululand, Dumisani Gwala.
In October 2017 she exposed a syndicate of corrupt magistrates and prosecutors protecting not only rhino poachers and kingpins, but murderers and rapists too.
In this war on greed, Jamie Joseph continues to fight for that which is priceless.