Rhino Carcass Discovered At Omatendeka Conservancy

YET another black rhino was poached in the Omatendeka Conservancy in Southern Kunene over the weekend, bringing the total number of poached rhinos in the country to 69 this year.

The rhino is the fifth to be poached in the same area within a couple of months. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism confirmed yesterday that five people were arrested in connection with the incident after they were discovered with two rhino horns in their possession.

The five are expected to appear in the Opuwo Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

A senior official from the environment ministry in the Kunene region, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed to The Namibian that the fresh carcass of a female rhino, with its horns removed, was discovered in the area after a joint operation between ministry officials, the Save the Rhino Trust and members of the police.

Deputy minister of environment Tommy Nambahu yesterday said the number of poaching incidences over the last four weeks diminished.

“There is no silver bullet to curb the poaching. Some of these incidences have been going on before our time in office and the new strategies that we have put in place are yet to be fully implemented,” he said.

Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta recently said the ministry will continue to put long-term and short-term strategies in place to curb poaching in the country and enhance and maintain discipline within the ministry’s structures as well as collaborate with other law enforcement agencies in Namibia and abroad.

Pohamba also said his ministry will continue to enforce the ‘no private guns in national parks’ rule as well as monitor the firearms of rangers inside the parks and surrounding areas as well as erecting fences around parks such as the Etosha National Park where most of the poaching incidences have recently been reported.

Source : The Namibian