Three more rhinos killed


The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) has teamed up with the Namibian Police to find the suspects linked to a poaching incident last week where two black rhinos and a white rhino were reportedly killed.According to the Public Relations Officer of MET, Romeo Muyunda, two rhino carcasses were last week Thursday discovered at a private farm in the district of Otjiwarongo. He added that the youngest slain rhino was merely a month old.Muyunda stated that the third poaching incident occurred in the Kunene Region on the same day at an undisclosed conservancy. The value of the horns could not be determined at the time of going to print, as investigations were still at an infant stage. No suspects have yet been arrested in connection with the poaching incidents. The Nature Conservation Control Warder at MET, Berget KÖtting said that since 2014, 214 rhino carcasses have been poached, with170 of them reportedly found in Etosha.KÖtting further added that the value of an average rhino is N$ 500 000, sold on auction and pregnant rhinos are sold for up to N$ 700 000.Meanwhile, the police in Eenhana last week Friday opened a case of possession of controlled wildlife products following a discovery of a box containing 20 pieces of elephant tusks weighing 63.1 kg.Nampol Spokesperson, Kauna Shikwambi said learners discovered the wrapped parcel and alerted the police. No arrests have been made yet, but investigations in the matter are said to be ongoing.