Namibia records 18 poaching cases this year


WINDHOEK, May 14– Namibia has recorded 18 poaching incidences since January, spokesperson of the Environment and Tourism Ministry Romeo Muyunda said on Monday.

Five rhino and four elephant poaching incidences were recorded since March, bringing the total number to 18.
Muyunda said the poaching incidences were recorded from mainly private and custodian farms while no poaching was recorded in the national parks.

Last year, a total of 57 rhinos and 26 elephants were poached while 120 suspected poachers were arrested.
The ministry is currently lobbying for harsher punishments for those found guilty of poaching.
Last year, the ministry established an Anti- Poaching Unit to help curb poaching. – XINHUA