Rhino poaching reported at Palmwag

21 May 2014 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) - Another case of rhino poaching has been reported in the Palmwag area in the Kunene Region, this time involving one cow and a calf.
The incident reported on Saturday brings the total number of rhino poaching cases to five this year.
A media statement issued by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Simeon Negumbo on Wednesday noted that no arrest has been made yet and investigations in the matter continue.
“The ministry is disturbed by this continuous trend of poaching of our valuable resources. The carcasses were discovered on 17 May 2014, barely a month after another rhino carcass was discovered in the same area. The ministry is concerned and as a result has put numerous measures in place to contain this spate of poaching,” he noted.
Negumbo stressed that government condemns the illegal plundering of wildlife and reiterates the call to those involved to stop these “selfish activities” immediately. In addition, the security apparatus of the country is ready to confront whoever will be caught taking part in such activities, and they will face the full wrath of the law.
The MET and other relevant authorities such as the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), customs officials and the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) will intensify its efforts to firstly prevent such incidences from occurring, and then to identify those who have been contravening Namibia’s conservation efforts and bring them to task.
Negumbo further called on Namibian citizens to be extra vigilant and to report any suspected cases of poaching and related incidences to the relevant authorities.
He added that government, particularly the MET, recognises that collective responsibility is the best approach to controlling poaching.
According to recent statistics issued by the MET on rhino poaching, 11 rhino poaching cases were reported between 2005 until 2014. Saturday’s incident brings this figure to 12.
Four cases were reported in 2013, while no cases were recorded between 2005 and 2010. One case was reported in 2011, while two cases were reported in 2012. So far in 2014, five cases have been recorded.