What’s happening to Etosha’s 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. We are trying by all means to seal our borders and to put trained rangers at our key designated border posts, ports and airports. We are also having talks with international partners to stop the marketing of rhino horns,” he said.

etosha national park

Etosha National Park is 22,270sq km (8600sq mi), slightly larger than Kruger National Park in South Africa

In addition to the aerial patrols, there was a costly and extensive initiative to fully fence off Etosha National Park, which has not yet been completed.

Despite the best of efforts, in 2015 poaching increased to 83 rhinos, mostly in Etosha National Park.

Sadly, no country is exempt from the prolific poaching of rhinos and elephants, and Namibia is indeed feeling the heat.  Now only 2 months into 2016, after both aerial and foot patrols, a total of 34 rhino carcasses were  discovered.  29 of them all in Etosha National Park.

The carcasses are a mixture of old and new, spanning a 1 year period, according to the deputy inspector-general for operations of the Namibian police, Major General James Tjivikua.

A new anti-poaching commander in Etosha was announced following this discovery, and the anti-poaching operations continue. In addition, there are efforts by a  private conservation trust in Namibia to raise funds to acquire flight drones in the area.

black rhino in etosha via namibiansun

  Black rhino in Etosha, via Namibian Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “What’s happening to Etosha’s rhinos?

  1. Great Post

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  3. Thanks for this. By the way, in the caption “Save the Rhino Trust conducting rhino sitings with tourists.” I believe you meant to write “sighting”?

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