Good news for animal lovers! Rhino poaching dropped by 63 percent as compared to the previous year in Namibia.
According to the non-profit organisation Save the Rhino the southern African nation shelters the second-largest white rhino population in the world after South Africa and Namibia is home to at least one-third of the world’s remaining black rhinos.
As a reminder, for decades poaching has been posing a growing threat to the wildlife of the Southern Africa region. Wild animals including Rhinos and elephants are killed for their horns to be sold mostly in Asia, where it is considered as a status symbol by affluent classes.
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The neighbourhood of South Africa and Botswana are the most touched by this illegal activity despite anti-poaching operations, including dehorning as well as strict policing have been implemented.
For its part, the government of Nambia has imposed strict laws, including the increase of fines for poaching to 25 million Namibian dollars ($1.8m) from 200,000 Namibian dollars ($13,431). Prison sentences have increased to 25 years.
According to the spokesman for Namibia’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Romeo Muyanda, rhino poaching is experiencing a remarkable decrease from 46 kills in 2019 to 17 so far in 2020.
He explained that the frequent ground and aerial patrols along with the collaboration of members of the public and the stiffer sentences for convicted poachers helped to bring about the decline.
“Another factor is the excellent collaboration with law enforcement agencies, such as the Namibian Police, the Namibian Defence Force, and the Namibia Central Intelligence,” Muyanda said.