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Namibia concerned about surge in rhinoceros poaching

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Namibia’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism is concerned over the surge in poaching activities within its flagship Etosha National Park. 19 rhinoceros have been illegally killed so far since the start of 2024.

Romeo Muyunda, the spokesperson for the ministry, said in a statement that besides the rhinoceros killed in the national park, five were poached on private farms, three on rhinoceros custodianship farms, and one in the Kunene region, bringing the total for the year to 28.

“Poaching in Etosha is particularly concerning because this is our flagship park and has a high concentration of rhino conservation and other high-value species, making it a major tourist attraction,” he said.

Muyunda said an assessment is being undertaken in Etosha to establish the full extent of the problem based on the current situation and urgency.

Furthermore, he said, an urgent high-level meeting by the ministry with the security clusters has been called to dissect the matter.

Muyunda said that no arrests have been made in the recent cases so far, adding that cases were opened and investigations continue.

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