The unabated poaching of rhinos in Namibia has only exacerbated the desperation of the Ministry of Environment to generate funds for rhino conservation, by selling the same rhinos they vowed to conserve for trophy hunting.
Two White Rhinos, an adult male and a pregnant female with a calf, were poached last weekend in the Karibib and Omaruru area. The Save the Rhino Trust Fund has opened a toll-free anti-poaching hotline (55555) to help track down poachers and assist the police in their investigations.
Impeccable GRN sources said that the ministry of environment was given an approval to sell five Black Rhinos for trophy hunting in the next five years through a tender process to generate money for Rhino conservation.
Against the backdrop of an increase in rhino poaching in the country, the American Dallas Safari Club Annual Convention has dictated to Namibia to sell one of the five Black Rhinoceros directly to them for a hunting trophy.
Rhino trophies are normally sold to Namibian registered trophy hunting operators, who in turn sell to foreign hunters, but in this instance the Dallas Safari Club was given the leeway to choose a Namibian hunting operator to co-ordinate the hunt for the Americans.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism is now seeking government approval to auction one Black Rhino for more than N$2,1 million to the Dallas Safari Club to be hunted in January next year, after the hunting season is already over, amidst that Black Rhinos are listed in both the USA and Namibia as an endangered species. More....