SEVEN RHINO CARCASSES FOUND AT NAMIBIAN NATIONAL PARK

Officials from Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism have discovered seven rhino carcasses in the Etosha National Park, all showing signs that they had been poached in November.

In a statement issued here Wednesday, the Ministry's chief public relations officer, Romeo Muyunda, said the killing of the seven animals had brought the total number of rhinos poached this year to 47.

Muyunda also said 69 elephants had been killed this year, the majority of them slaughtered in the Kavango and Zambezi regions (provinces).

He said wildlife trafficking had become a multi-million dollar criminal enterprise which had expanded to more than just being a conservation concern.

"The increasing involvement of organized crime in poaching and wildlife trafficking promotes corruption, threatens peace, strengthens illicit trades, and destabilises economies and communities that depend on wildlife for their livelihoods," he added.

Muyunda said investigations regarding the seven carcasses discovered by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and Ministry of Environment and Tourism were underway.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK