26 RHINOS, 18 ELEPHANTS KILLED BY POACHERS IN NAMIBIA IN JAN-AUG 2017

WINDHOEK, Poaching has been reduced drastically in Namibia this year with 26 rhinos and 18 elephants poached between January and August compared with 60 rhinos and 101 elephants killed during the same period in 2016.

Romeo Muyunda, the head of the public relations department at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), revealed these figures in a statement issued here Monday after a rhino carcass was discovered on Friday in the Klip River in Kunene Region (Province).

Seven suspects were arrested and were to appear in the Outjo Magistrates' Court on Monday. All the suspects are reported to be Namibians and one of them is reportedly a teacher.

In a separate incident, another black rhino carcass was discovered recently, suspected to have been poached at Okozongoro Farm in Erongo Region. Okozongoro, said Muyunda, is one of the rhino custodian areas.

No arrest has been made and the MET is appealing to the public to assist both the Ministry and the Namibian Police (NamPol), by reporting any rhino and elephant poaching incidents.

The seven suspects, who were arrested on Saturday at Erwee settlement in Kunene Region, were found to be in possession of two rhino horns. The Crime Investigation Co-ordinator of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in Kunene Region, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Kanyetu told Nampa Monday that the suspects were arrested during a police operation in that area.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK