Seven rhino carcasses found in Etosha National Park
24 Nov 2016 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 NOV (NAMPA) The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has discovered seven rhino carcasses in the Etosha National Park, all showing signs that they had been poached in November.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, chief public relations officer in the ministry, Romeo Muyunda said the killing of the seven had brought the total number of rhinos poached this year to 47.
Muyunda also spoke of the 69 elephants killed this year, the majority of whom had been slaughtered in the Kavango and Zambezi regions.
He said wildlife trafficking had become a multi-million dollar criminal enterprise that had expanded to more than just being a conservation concern.
The increasing involvement of organised crime in poaching and wildlife trafficking promotes corruption, threatens peace, strengthens illicit trades, destabilises economies and communities that depend on wildlife for their livelihoods, he added.
Muyunda said investigations on the discovered carcasses by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and Ministry of Environment and Tourism were underway.
He appealed to anyone with information which might lead to the arrest of all those involved in these illegal activities to contact NamPol or the ministry.
He said the ministry had put up an offer to reward N.dollars 60 000 to anyone who will provide them with such information.
We will continue working with NamPol and the Namibian Defence Force and other stakeholders in putting boots on the ground and intensifying our crime prevention patrols and intelligence, and regularly improve on this, Muyunda said.
He condemned ill-intentioned activities of rhino and elephant poaching and called on those involved to refrain from such activities with immediate effect or risk their chances of being caught and facing the full wrath of the law.