By Confidente Reporter
THE Ministry of Environment and Tourism has offered a reward of N$60 000 to anyone who can provide it or other relevant authorities with information leading to the successful arrest and prosecution of those involved in rhino poaching.
This follows the discovery of eight rhino carcasses during aerial patrols in the Etosha National Park between 23 and 25 June.
The ministry instituted the process of assessing the carcasses, to establish the exact cause of death of these rhinos.
The results of the assessments indicate that seven out of the eight carcasses discovered were poached and one died of natural causes.
This brings the total rhinos poached this year to 16.
A total of 16 elephants have also been poached so far this year.
Poaching remains a big concern and tackling it remains a priority for the ministry, it said in a statement.
“In this regard, we will do everything possible, within the framework of our laws and policies, to bring poaching under control, as it robs the nation of valuable resources. “The Etosha National Park, in particular, is Namibia’s flagship wildlife conservation area, and has experienced a shocking wave of rhino poaching over the years. This situation can be detrimental to the tourism sector and the economy of our country, and threatens to reverse our conservation gains made since independence,” the ministry said. It has intensified patrols in protected areas, including its collaboration with the Namibian police, the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and other relevant authorities.“The Ministry of Environment and Tourism will continue with its efforts to strengthen effective crime prevention and law enforcement, through coordinated and integrated clusters of activities, such as security planning, monitoring and adaptive management.
“Investigations in these and other cases, related to wildlife crimes, are ongoing and we urge the public to report any suspected cases of poaching to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism or their nearest police station,” the statement added. No arrests have been made as yet.
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