Namibia: Rhinos Are Safe – Enviro Ministry

by Jan 14, 2011Rhinos

THERE is very little risk of the latest spate of rhino poaching in South Africa spreading to Namibia, says the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

Dr Kalumbi Shangula says the Ministry has been taking “the necessary precautions” to safeguard Namibia’s rhino population.

This week, AFP quoted officials in South Africa’s National Parks Agency as saying that the country lost 333 rhinos to poaching in 2010, the highest number ever recorded and almost triples the 2009 losses.

“This has definitely been the worst year for rhino poaching – this is the highest number recorded,” the agency’s spokesperson, Reynold Thakhuli, was quoted as saying.

While anti-poaching programmes are said to be yielding results, South Africa has already lost five rhinos to poaching this year.