One of the world’s leading investigators of the illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn has been killed in Kenya. Esmond Bradley Martin, 75, was found in his Nairobi home on Sunday with a stab wound to his neck.
The former UN special envoy for rhino conservation was known for his undercover work investigating the black market. The US citizen had recently returned from a research trip to Myanmar.
Bradley Martin was in the process of writing up his findings when he died, reports the BBC’s Alastair Leithead from Nairobi. His wife found him in their house in Langata. Police are investigating the circumstances but suspect it was a botched robbery.
Bradley Martin had spent decades risking his life to secretly photograph and document illegal sales of ivory and rhino horn, travelling to China, Vietnam, and Laos to pose as a buyer and establish the details of black market prices. He first went to Kenya from the US in the 1970s when there was a surge in the number of elephants being killed for their ivory.