Fight for Rhinos

Namibia- Between 2009 and 2011 only one rhino was poached each year. The country had been seen as a model for anti-poaching effectiveness. Much of this has been due to the pro-active attitude of government and their cooperative efforts with communities and conservation groups, such as the Save the Rhinos Trust.

save the rhino trust photo Save the Rhino Trust conducting rhino sitings with tourists.

In the previous ten years (from 2005 to 2014) 8 white rhinos and 95 black rhinos were poached in total.

Then in 2014,  a total of 24 rhinos were poached.

In response to the loss, in June of last year the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, announced that the government takes poaching in a very serious light.

“Our rangers are not properly trained and they are not dedicated. Thus there is a need to intensify patrols and we will deploy a helicopter that will patrol the park…

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