60 rhino poached in Namibia this year

2015-05-11 22:00

Namibia has lost 60 rhino to poaching this year, most of them in the world famous Etosha National Park, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism said Monday.

"Of the 60 rhinos, 54 rhinos were poached in the Etosha Park and six rhinos were poached in the Kunene Region west of Etosha, Minister Pohamba Shifeta told reporters."

A reward of N$60,000 has been issued for any information leading to the arrest of people involved in poaching,"Shifeta added. Staff of the Ministry at Etosha are also being probed."

Allegations have been made against ministerial staff and the relevant authorities are investigating, nothing will be  swept under the carpet," Shifeta noted.According to him, 24 rhino were poached in 2014, bringing the total of poached rhino to 84 since last year.

According to the Ministry 78 elephant were poached last year and 23 elephant this year, totalling 101 elephants since January 2014.


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