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Rhino poaching returns to after COVID-19 lull

Rhino poaching returns to after COVID-19 lull

RHINO poaching in South Africa rose by 50% in the first half of 2021 compared to a year earlier when poaching plummeted due to COVID-19 restrictions, according to the environment ministry. From January to the end of June 2021, 249 rhinos were poached in Africa's most industrialised economy, home to the largest white rhino population in the world, compared with 166 during the same period in 2020. "While this is higher than the number of rhino killed for their horns in the same period last year, at 166, it is less than the 318 rhino that were poached in the…
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Intelligence helps Namibia turn tide against rhino poachers, government says

Intelligence helps Namibia turn tide against rhino poachers, government says

INCIDENTS of rhino poaching in Namibia have been dropping steadily as timely intelligence work has helped nab hunters before they shoot in known hotspots, the government has said. Joint police and government task forces have proven "extremely successful", the spokesman for the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism said, with intelligence enabling a proactive, rather than reactive, response. "Instead of the discovery of a dead rhino initiating an investigation, would-be poachers are now regularly arrested while they are still conspiring to kill a rhino," Romeo Muyunda said in a statement celebrating World Rhino Day. It said just 22 rhinos have…
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Rhino poaching in Namibia down 63% on tougher policing, penalties

Rhino poaching in Namibia down 63% on tougher policing, penalties

NYASHA NYAUGWA  RHINO poaching fell 63% year-on-year in Namibia, the ministry of environment said on Friday, citing intensified intelligence operations by authorities and tougher sentences and fines for poachers. Elephant poaching, which takes places to a lesser extent, also decreased, with 2 incidents reported this year compared with 13 in 2019, the ministry said. The southern African nation is home to the second-largest white rhino population in the world after South Africa, the non-profit organisation Save the Rhino says. Namibia also holds one-third of the world's remaining black rhinos. Rhino poaching has plagued the southern Africa region for decades, especially…
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