Poaching incidents drop significantly this year – Shifeta
Namibia has seen a major drop in cases of rhino and elephants poaching this year, the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta said this week.
The country recorded 27 cases of rhinoceros poaching so far this year, compared to 60 in 2016 and 95 in 2015, while the number of elephants poached during the same period stand at 20, compared to 101 in 2016 and 49 in 2015.
Shifeta attributed the decrease in poaching incidents to strengthened efforts by relevant authorities.
Furthermore he said 75 people were arrested in connection with poaching incidents and officials confiscated 30 rhino horns and 103 elephant tusks so far this year.
“More resources have been allocated to fight poaching and more government agencies, international development partners and the communities have come on board to support our efforts to halt poaching,” he said.