N.dollars 10 000 reward for reporting crimes against wildlife
By Petrus Muronga
RUNDU, 10 JUL (NAMPA) – An anti-poaching organisation called ‘Help our Rhinos NOW Namibia’ (HoRN.NAM) has called on the public in the Kunene Region and the country at large to report crimes against wildlife.
In an interview with Nampa on Saturday, HoRN.NAM representative, Jaco Muller said anyone who provides information of any suspected rhino poaching activities to them or the police and the Anti-Poaching Unit from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), will be rewarded.
“I think it is important that all members of the public and communities speak out against wildlife crimes and they will be rewarded,” Muller said.
The organisation’s reward is N.dollars 10 000.
He commended the Namibian Police Force, Anti-Poaching Unit and the public for their collaboration which led to the recent arrest of three suspected poachers in Khorixas in the Kunene Region.
The three suspects were arrested and charged in a Khorixas court earlier in June for hunting protected game, possession of unlicensed firearms and live ammunition, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
The three were arrested after a tip-off from members of the public, who saw the suspected armed poachers being dropped off near Farm Mesopotamie in the Khorixas District to allegedly hunt rhinos.
HoRN.NAM is a non-profit organisation that was formed in 2014 to create awareness and coordinate efforts for rhino protection in Namibia.
“As a way of saving this endangered species, we have already rewarded some members of the public for helping law enforcement agencies in this regard,” said Muller.
MET Public Relations Officer Romeo Muyunda told Nampa on Sunday that a total of 18 rhinos have been killed since January this year.
According to MET statistics, Namibia holds about 28 per cent of Africa’s black rhinos.
The figures show that in 2015 there were 91 rhinos poached, mostly in the Etosha National Park, while four were killed in the Kunene Region. In 2016, the figure dropped to 61 rhinos killed throughout the country.