Black rhino killed in Etosha

30 Oct 2014 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 30 OCT (NAMPA) – Poachers killed and dehorned a black rhino in the Etosha National Park, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) announced on Wednesday.
It is alleged that the rhino bull was killed two to three days before it was discovered in the early hours of Tuesday, according to a media statement issued by the MET Public Relations Department on Wednesday.
The discovery was made south-west of the park and the case was reported to the police for further investigation.
“The ministry condemns such ill-intentioned activities or illegal plundering of wildlife, and reiterates our call to those involved to stop immediately with these selfish activities. The security apparatus of our country is ready to confront whoever will be caught taking part in these barbaric activities and face the full wrath of the law,” it warned.
The MET and other relevant authorities such as the Namibian Police; customs officials and the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) will intensify efforts to firstly prevent such incidences from occurring. The ministry will also with relevant authorities identify those who have been contravening the conservation efforts, and bring them to task.
MET also called on citizens to be extra vigilant and report any suspected cases of poaching and related incidences to the relevant authorities. According to the statement, government recognises that collective responsibility is the best approach to control poaching.
Poachers have killed 15 rhinos and 43 elephants in Namibia so far this year.
The Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta during a law enforcement and wildlife protection stakeholders’ meeting earlier this year said Namibia has more than 1 000 black rhinos. At the time, he raised the concern that poaching for ivory and rhino horn was occurring in broader southern Africa, and said there was a high probability that more attention would shift to Namibia.
Shifeta then cautioned that poaching for ivory was already occurring in the north-eastern regions of the country.