By Ndanki Kahiurika
Over 72 elephants were poached in the Caprivi Region last year alone while six cases have been reported so far this year.
Detective Tuli Namundjembo from the Katima Mulilo Police says approximately 49 elephant tusks and some ivory (also from elephant tusks) have been confiscated in the region since January this year. They have a combined weight of 427kg with a total value of N$392 000.
Namundjebo said the number of poaching incidents seem to be increasing and police have stepped up efforts to capture the main culprit who is suspected to be sending out most of these poachers. They suspect somebody who operates from outside Namibia to be the ringleader.
Most of the poachers, though, are local people who are given large sums of money in exchange for their service, said Namundjebo.
The Namibian was unable to get the complete statistics for the rest of the country from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism or the Namibian Police.
The escalating elephant poaching statistics have raised concerns amongst conservation officers who set up a new anti-poaching unit where they receive new skills in combatting poaching, according to Karine Nuulimba, Director of Caprivi and Trans Boundary Programme.
Nuulimba said the programme is under the supervision of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET). More....