World Rhino Day celebrations later this month

08 Sep 2016 07:20am
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – Save the Rhino Trust Namibia will celebrate World Rhino Day later this month to inspire Namibians to take a stand in support of rhino conservation.
The event, which is slated for 22 September, aims to boost information-sharing and education, as well as building a sense of rhino custodianship nationwide, board member Amos Shiyuka said at the launch of the event on Tuesday.
In celebrating the day, Save the Rhino Trust Namibia plans to inspire Namibians to take a stand in support of rhino conservation and against poaching.
Local musicians including Elemotho, Esme Songbird, Oteya and Meta will release a song during the celebrations that will serve as the anthem of the trust to “save the rhino.”
The spate of poaching in the last few weeks is worrisome, Shiyuka said.
“Rhino poaching is not only a Namibian problem, but an African problem,” he said.
Speaking at the same occasion, the trust’s Chief Executive Officer Simson !Uri-#Khob commended the hard work and effort being put into rhino conservation and security in Namibia. He also warned members of the public not to be lured in by the sophisticated syndicates involved in rhino poaching.
Meanwhile, the Cambodia Daily reported last month that a Chinese national was arrested with rhino horns in that country after he arrived there from Namibia. It was reported that a search of the luggage of the 31-year-old Chinese man in Phnom Penh uncovered more than four kilogrammes of rhinoceros horns. It is estimated that the value of the horns is more than US dollars 400 000 (about N.dollars 4.5 million) on the Chinese market.
The man, Weng Zhiyong was traveling from Namibia but arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport on a Qatar Airlines flight that originated in Doha. The seizure - eight pieces of horn weighing 4.38 kilogrammes was the fifth major seizure of rhino horn at a Cambodian airport since 2012. China is probably the final destination, where it is used in medicine and flaunted as a status symbol, according to the report.
The report added that trafficking of rhino horns was a growing problem in Cambodia as security measures at Vietnamese and Thai airports has become more stringent.