Thursday, September 23, 2010

International Day of the Rhino

22 September was officially the International day of the Rhino.
At a recent award ceremony for Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism field staff the Minister laid down the law to poachers. With recent reports that world-wide poaching of rhino (in Africa and Asia) is at a 15-year high, the Namibian government is being even more vigilant with measures to prevent poaching even though this is currently not a major threat to Namibia as the last reported case of poaching an endangered black rhino took place over a decade ago. In fact Namibia has some of the heaviest penalties in Africa for poaching of protected species and this has been an effective deterrent.
Namibia was the first African country to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution, as well as being the only country in Africa that trans-locate black rhinos out of National Parks and move them to communal conservancy areas. Namibia also has the largest population of black rhino which is managed through a custodianship programme with land owners and farmers.

Namibia is leading the way in many areas of wildlife conservation in Africa and your safaris to Namibia directly contribute towards these conservation efforts.

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