Nainda is new commander of Etosha anti-poaching unit

02 Mar 2016 19:30pm
ETOSHA PARK, 02 MAR (NAMPA) – Oshikoto Regional Commander, Commissioner Anne-Marie Nainda has taken over command of the anti-poaching operation in the Etosha National Park from the Commander of the Omusati Region, Simeon Shindinge.
This was announced by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Deputy Inspector-General of Operations, Major-General James Tjivikua on Monday at a media briefing held at Etosha’s Galton Gate.
Nainda will serve as commander of the anti-poaching operation for the next three years.
During the briefing, Tjivikua also announced that 34 rhino carcasses have been discovered in the Etosha National Park and Palmwag/Klip River areas of the Kunene Region since the beginning of the year.
Twenty-nine of these were found in the park after aerial and foot patrols were conducted.
“The decline in our protected species such as rhinos and elephants can be mostly attributed to poaching.
However, human-wildlife conflict and other threats are pushing these species closer to extinction and dramatically altering the critical ecosystem on which we heavily rely,” Tjivikua said.
He thus called on Namibians to guard and conserve local wildlife and the country’s natural heritage.
The anti-poaching operation started in June last year.
(NAMPA)
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