16 rhinoceros, 4 elephants poached in Namibia since January: official-Xinhua

16 rhinoceros, 4 elephants poached in Namibia since January: official

Source: Xinhua| 2023-05-22 23:55:45|Editor: huaxia

WINDHOEK, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Namibia's Environment, Forestry, and Tourism (MEFT) spokesperson Romeo Muyunda on Monday said the country continues to grapple with wildlife poaching with 16 rhinoceros and four elephants having been poached in the country so far this year.

In an interview with Xinhua, Muyunda said that half of the rhinoceros were poached from the flagship Etosha National Park, while the other half were poached on private farms.

"The latest incident occurred on a private farm in the Grootfontein area where the carcass of a pregnant black rhino was discovered on May 15 of this year," he said.

According to Muyunda, that case is still under investigation, and no arrests have been made.

In April this year, Namibian authorities arrested eight suspects in connection with rhinoceros poaching incidents in the country's flagship Etosha National Park and surrounding areas. A total of 87 rhinoceros were poached in 2022, consisting of 61 black rhinoceros and 26 white rhinoceros.